Dental hygienists are licensed oral health educators and clinical operators who, as part of the dental team, use preventive, educational, and therapeutic methods which aid individuals and groups to attain and maintain optimum oral health. Dental hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventive program developers, consumer advocates, sales and marketing managers, editors, and consultants. Clinical dental hygienists may work in a variety of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, public health clinics, hospitals, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, or nursing homes.
The UAA Dental Hygiene program is a 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree program that takes approximately four years of full-time enrollment to complete. The admittance process is competitive due to a limited number of positions available for each class. This degree program prepares students to sit for the National Dental Hygiene Examination and the CDCA/WREB Dental Hygiene Examinations to be licensed dental hygienists.
The UAA Dental Hygiene program boasts a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the dental hygiene national board exams.
The average hourly wage for dental hygienists in Alaska is $55 (Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development).
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The only dental hygiene program available in the state of Alaska.
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Greetings from the UAA Dental Hygiene Program! Dental Hygiene is a rewarding profession that allows clinicians to help people improve their oral health. Many health care providers enjoy volunteering around the world and dental hygienists have skills that can be used in in this way to aid those who have little access to dental care. If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to become a dental hygienist, we welcome you to look through our website and contact us if you have more questions.
-Carri Shamburger MSDH, RDH
UAA School of Allied Health
Allied Health Sciences Building
3500 Seawolf Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
UAA Dental Hygiene Program
3211 Providence Drive, AHS 148
Anchorage, Alaska 99508