Program Competencies / Student Learning Outcomes

This degree program prepares students to sit for the ADA National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (written examination) and the WREB Dental Hygiene Examination (clinical examination), and the WREB Anesthesia Examination (written and clinical) so that they are able to work in the dental hygiene field. At the completion of the program, students are able to:

  1. Provide dental hygiene care in a legal and ethical manner.
  2. Exhibit professional behavior, including time management, risk management, and respect of patients and co-workers.
  3. Evaluate scientific literature relevant to dental hygiene.
  4. Collect, analyze, and record data on the general and oral health status of patients.
  5. Use critical decision making skills to develop a dental hygiene diagnosis, which will provide a basis for interventions that are within the scope of dental hygiene practice and determine the need for referral to appropriate health professions as needed.
  6. Formulate dental hygiene care plans, including a planned sequence of educational, preventive, and therapeutic services based on the dental hygiene diagnosis in collaboration with the patient and other health care providers.
  7. Deliver preventive and therapeutic care to achieve and maintain oral health utilizing established infection control procedures, pain control measures, and ergonomic practices.
  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented services, and modify as needed.
  9. Promote the profession of dental hygiene through service and affiliations with professional organizations.
  10. Provide community oral health services.

Admission Requirements

The admittance process is competitive due to a limited number of positions available for each entering class.  Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the Dental Hygiene full-major program. Some fully qualified applicants cannot be accepted. For full application instructions please review the information on the Application Procedure webpage.

Academic Advising 

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an dental hygiene program academic advisor each semester to review academic progress and plan future courses and application to the full-major program.  

General University Requirements

  1. Apply for admission to UAA as an AAS pre-major Dental Hygiene degree-seeking student.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Complete science prerequisite courses with a grade 'C' or better by the program application deadline:
    • BIOL A111/L Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    • BIOL A112/L Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    • BIOL A240/L or A241 Microbiology for Health Sciences (3-4)
    • CHEM A103 Survey of Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM A104 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (3)
  • Complete non-science prerequisite courses with a grade 'C' or better by the program application deadline:
    • COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication, COMM A235 Small Group Communication, COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication, or COMM A241 Public Speaking (3)
    • ENGL A111Introduction to Composition (3)
    • PSY A111 General Psychology, PSY A150 Lifespan Development, HS A220 Core Concepts in the Health Sciences, or HUMS/PSY A153 Human Relations (3)
    • SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology, SOC A201 Social Problems and Solutions, SOC A307 Demography, or SOC A309 Urban Sociology (3)

Major Requirements

Upon selection into the full-major dental hygiene program, students will complete four (4) semesters of full-time dental hygiene coursework as detailed below.

A total of 73 credits are required for this degree including general and major degree requirements.

 Fall Semester 1st Year (18 credits)Spring Semester 1st Year (13.5 Credits)

DA A110 Dental Radiography (3)

DA A110LDentalRadiography Laboratory (1)

DH A201 Oral Histology and Embryology (2)

DH A202 Basic Techniques for Dental Hygienists (7)

DH A204 Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures (2)

*DN A101 Principlesof Nutrition or DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3)

*Due to a heavy credit load, it is recommended that the nutrition course be taken prior to formal admission into the Dental Hygiene program.

DA A160 Materials in Dentistry (3) 

DH A222 Adjunctive Techniques for Dental Hygienists (3)

DH A292D Clinical Seminar I (1)

DH A295D Clinical Practicum I (4)

DH A311 Periodontics (2)

DH A365 Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists (2)

 Fall Semester 2nd Year (16 credits)Spring Semester 2nd Year (10.5 credits) 

DH A310 Oral Pain Control (3)

DH A302 Adv. Techniques for Dental Hygiene (1)

DH A314 Pathology of Oral Tissues (2)

DH A321 Current Periodontal Therapies (2)

DH A392C Clinical Seminar II (1)

DH A395C Clinical Practicum II (5)

DH A316 Professional Dental Hygiene Practice (1.5)

DH A324 Community Dental Health I (1)

DH A392D Clinical Seminar III (1)

DH A395D Clinical Practicum III (6)