Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene
- Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
- Special admission requirements and application procedures are required. Selection criteria change periodically. Applicants must contact the department for the selection criteria for the year they wish to apply. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee selection into the Dental Hygiene program. Applicants transferring credit from another institution should apply to UAA no later than November 1 prior for spring application to Dental Hygiene program to allow sufficient time for application processing and transcript evaluation by application deadline. Spring enrollment in another institution may postpone transcript evaluation and therefore affect program application acceptance.
- Applicants must meet with the UAA Dental Hygiene program advisor regarding application and program admission requirements prior to application deadline.
- Graduation from high school or equivalent.
- Documentation from official transcripts showing successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
Course List Code Title Credits BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 BIOL A112 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIOL A240 Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences * 3-4 or BIOL A241 Lectures in Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences CHEM A103 Survey of Chemistry * 3 or CHEM A105 General Chemistry I CHEM A104 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry * 3 COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 or COMM A235 Small Group Communication or COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication or COMM A241 Public Speaking WRTG A111 Writing Across Contexts 3 PSY A111 General Psychology 3 or PSY A150 Lifespan Development or HS A220 Core Concepts in the Health Sciences SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology 3 or SOC A201 Social Problems and Solutions or SOC A307 Demography or SOC A309 Urban Sociology
- Courses must be completed by the application deadline.
- International students must contact the Office of Admissions regarding equivalency evaluation of transcripts.
To be considered for fall admission into the Associate of Applied Science program, the application process must be completed by the deadline date posted on the program’s website.
- Complete the AAS Dental Hygiene program application and submit to the address below.
- Provide proof of admittance into the University of Alaska Anchorage as an AAS pre-major dental hygiene student.
- Submit official transcripts (non-UA) or request transcript credit evaluation (for UAF and UAS transcripts) to UAA Enrollment Services. Transcript credit evaluation of courses listed under Admissions Requirement 2 must be completed by the application deadline.
- Three letters of recommendation sent to the Dental Hygiene program on the provided forms.
- Submission of current Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V scores to the UAA Dental Hygiene program no later than the application deadline posted on the program’s website. Contact the Testing Center (786-4500) for information about TEAS V administration.
- Mandatory pre-major advising session with designated advisor.
For information and applications, contact:
UAA Dental Hygiene Program
Allied Health Sciences Building, Room 148
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-8371
Students should contact the Dental Hygiene program advisor for details.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees.
- Complete the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees (WRTG A212 is recommended).
- Complete the Program Requirements listed below.
- Earn at least 75 percent or higher in each Dental Hygiene course to progress within the program and graduate.
Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
|First Fall Semester|
|DA A110||Dental Radiography||3|
|DA A110L||Dental Radiography 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|
|Choose one of the following: **||3|
|Principles of Nutrition|
|Nutrition for Health Sciences|
|First Spring Semester|
|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 A365||Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists||2|
|Second Fall Semester|
|DH A302||Advanced Instrumentation for Dental Hygienists||1|
|DH A310||Oral Pain Control||3|
|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|
|Second Spring Semester|
|DH A316||Professional Dental Hygiene Practice||1.5|
|DH A324||Community Dental Health I||2|
|DH A392D||Clinical Seminar III||1|
|DH A395D||Clinical Practicum III||6|
Due to a heavy credit load, it is recommended that the nutrition course be taken prior to formal admission to program.
A total of 72.5 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:
- Provide and document dental hygiene care in a legal and ethical manner.
- Exhibit professional behavior, including time management, risk management, and respect of patients and co-workers.
- Evaluate scientific literature relevant to dental hygiene.
- Collect, analyze, and record data on the general and oral health status of patients.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deliver preventive and therapeutic care to achieve and maintain oral health utilizing established infection control procedures, pain control measures, and ergonomic practices.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented services, and modify as needed.
- Promote the profession of dental hygiene through service and affiliations with professional organizations.
- Provide community oral health services.