Description and Program Student Learning Outcomes

The BSDH is designed to allow graduates of the UAA AAS, Dental Hygiene program an opportunity to increase their education to the baccalaureate level. The program offers students a broader background in community oral health as well as training in an advanced area of dental hygiene practice. At the completion of the program, students are able to:

  1. Critically evaluate research relevant to dental hygiene.
  2. Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate complex community oral health projects to diverse populations.
  3. Perform advanced dental hygiene skills beyond the associate degree level, e.g. restorative functions and/or clinical instruction.

Admission Requirements

Students who apply to the Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene major are admitted in a pre-major status. The process for advancement to major status is:

  1. Apply to UAA as a Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene pre-major.
  2. Complete an advising session with a dental hygiene advisor regarding application, program admission, and development of a program of study. (See contact information below)
  3. Complete an AAS, Dental Hygiene degree.
  4. Complete laboratory classes for chemistry (CHEM A103L or CHEM A105L, and CHEM A104L) with a minimum grade of C.
  5. Complete BIOL A240 with a minimum grade of C.
  6. Complete the University Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.
  7. Submit a departmental application for admission to the Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene degree program.
  8. Complete a Change of Major form from pre-major to major status, signed by a DH faculty advisor.


Students are encouraged to meet with the academic advisor each semester to review their academic progress and plan future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor whenever academic difficulties arise.

Degree Requirements

  1. Complete the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
  2. Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter. Required support courses may satisfy some General Education Requirements.
  3. Complete the Major Requirements listed below.

Required Support Courses

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C (12-13 credits):

  • BIOL A240 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences (4)
  • CHEM A103L Survey of Chemistry Laboratory (1) or CHEM A105L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM A104L Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory (1)
  • ENGL A212 Technical Writing (3)
  • STAT A252 Elementary Statistics (3) or STAT A253 Applied Statistics for the Sciences (4)

Major Requirements

  1. Complete the requirements for an AAS in Dental Hygiene degree.
  2. Complete a minimum of 10 credits (with a minimum grade of C) from the following courses:
  • CTE A411 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Career and Technical Education (3)
  • CTE A490 Selected Topics in Career and Technical Education (1-6)
  • DH A360 Restorative Techniques for Dental Auxiliaries (5)
  • DH A390 Selected Topics in Dental Hygiene (1-6)
  • DH A395E Community Practicum in Dental Hygiene (1-3)
  • DH A460 Instructional Concepts in Dental Hygiene (1)
  • DH A495B Instructional Practicum in Dental Hygiene (1-4)
  • DH A495E Rural Practicum in Dental Hygiene (1-3)
  • ENGL A312 Advanced Technical Writing (3) or ENGL A313 Professional Writing (3) or ENGL A414 Research Writing (3)
  • HS/SOC A370 Medical Sociology (3)
  • PHIL A302 Biomedical Ethics (3) or PHIL A305 Professional Ethics (3)
  • Other courses approved by a dental hygiene advisor (1-6)

Note: No more than three credits total of DH A395E and DH A495E can be counted toward this requirement. Courses applied toward a minor in another discipline cannot be counted toward this requirement. No more than six credits of DH A390 Selected Topics in Dental Hygiene may be applied toward this degree.

3. Complete with a minimum grade of C:

  • DH A424 Community Dental Health II (3)

    (GER integrative capstone course)

4. Complete 10 elective credits.

5. A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

6. AAS degree-seeking students may take BSDH courses, provided prerequisite requirements are fulfilled.