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Dental Hygiene B.S.

  • A dental student practicing in class

    Dental Hygiene B.S.

    Prepare for a career as a registered dental hygienist in the only dental hygiene program in Alaska.

Explore the dental hygiene bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With a strong reputation for excellence among dental hygiene schools, UAA trains licensed oral health educators and clinicians. Dental hygienists are an important part of a dental team, helping individuals, groups and communities improve and maintain good oral — and overall — health.

Dental hygiene scholarships and financial aid
You may qualify and apply for institutional and private scholarships to help you pay for college. Learn more about these and other financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Licensed dental hygienists

Through clinical experience and classroom instruction, you’ll be prepared to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and Western Regional Examining Boards to become a licensed practitioner in dental hygiene.

Student advising and support

Meet with the Dental Hygiene Program Advisor to get answers to your questions as well as suggestions for submitting a strong program application.

Transfer credits

Already earned a dental assisting degree or certificate from an American Dental Association accredited program? You may be able to apply course credit toward your bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. Contact a program advisor at 907-786-4346 to learn more.

Dental Hygiene B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Two and a half years, once accepted into the full major. Pre-majors must apply for admission to the full major.

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation

Did you know..

The UAA Dental Hygiene program boasts a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the dental hygiene national board exams.

What can you do with a dental hygiene degree from UAA?

Work in a variety of health care environments, including private dental offices, public health clinics, managed care organizations, nursing homes, hospitals, schools and correctional institutions.

Dental hygiene graduate programs

Specialize in a mid-level oral healthcare provider degree program such as dental therapy or apply your knowledge and skills in graduate school programs such as these:
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Education
  • Health policy
Dental hygienist careers
  • Licensed clinicians
  • Educators and consultants
  • Researchers and editors
  • Administrators and managers
  • Preventive program developers
  • Consumer advocates
  • Sales and marketing managers

By the numbers..

The average hourly wage for dental hygienists in Alaska
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Dental hygiene student-to-faculty clinical ratio.
UAA School of Allied Health

Dental hygiene bachelor’s degree program highlights

Learn a variety of preventive, educational and therapeutic methods and techniques through classroom, laboratory and clinical experience to prepare you for work as a licensed practitioner in oral health care.
  • Work in a clinical setting to gain first-hand experience with patient care. As a dental hygiene major, you will complete practicum experiences using the most current technology in the UAA Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  • Gain additional hands-on experience providing oral health care through externships. Externships in off-campus environments provide unique opportunities to work with diverse populations. For example, dental hygiene majors have worked in the city and community of Sand Point, providing dental care in rural Alaska clinics.
  • Participate in service learning projects and activities. At UAA’s annual community dental health event, you can use your skills and work with diverse community groups to identify and help meet the oral health needs of underserved populations.
  • Learn from dedicated, student-centered faculty and instructors committed to your future. Program faculty and staff are licensed dental hygienists and dentists.

Amazing stories from our majors

“I like the program because I’m learning a lot about my career and about myself all of the time. This program and the amazing individuals in it, whether they are students or faculty, encourage you to become your best self.”

Brooks Larson
B.S. Dental Hygiene ‘20
A student working in front of the Dental Program sign

Work with dental assisting students and a licensed dentist in UAA’s Dental Clinic on campus. Providing basic oral health care services at a lower cost than private dental practices, the UAA Dental Clinic serves the campus and Anchorage communities.

UAA Dental Clinic
Students practicing with a volunteer

The University of Alaska Anchorage collaborates with the United Way, Alaska Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Alaska Dental Action Coalition and the Alaska Dental Society to offer free dental services to the campus and Anchorage communities. Volunteer your time and skills for the annual Dental Days at UAA event each spring.

Alaska Cares: Dental Days at UAA
Dental students in class

Get involved on campus in the Dental Hygienists of the Future student club and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). You can join ADHA at a discounted student membership rate for access to mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as social events and activities throughout Anchorage and Alaska.

Student clubs and activities

Dental hygiene bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Through a combination of course activities, evening classes and clinical experiences, you will gain broad, entry-level knowledge and skills in community oral health. You can also complete advanced training in a specialized dental hygiene practice area, such as restorative functions or educational methods.

Top classes for dental hygiene majors

  • Help teach lower level students in clinical laboratory courses in Instructional Practicum in Dental Hygiene.
  • Experience life in a rural community while providing dental hygiene care at a local dental clinic in Rural Practicum in Dental Hygiene.
  • Explore bioethical issues related to health care in Biomedical Ethics.