Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Degree Programs.
  2. 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:
      BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
      BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
      BIOL A240Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences *3-4
      or BIOL A241 Lectures in Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences
      CHEM A103Survey of Chemistry *3
      or CHEM A105 General Chemistry I
      CHEM A104Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry *3
      COMM A111Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
      or COMM A235 Small Group Communication
      or COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication
      or COMM A241 Public Speaking
      WRTG A111Writing Across Contexts3
      PSY A111General Psychology3
      or PSY A150 Lifespan Development
      or HS A220 Core Concepts in the Health Sciences
      SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
      or SOC A201 Social Problems and Solutions
      or SOC A307 Demography
      or SOC A309 Urban Sociology

      Applicants who plan to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program will need to take BIOL A240, CHEM A103L or CHEM A105L, and CHEM A104L.

    • Courses must be completed by the application deadline.
    • International students must contact the Office of Admissions regarding equivalency evaluation of transcripts.

Application Procedure

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.

  1. Complete the AAS Dental Hygiene program application and submit to the address below.
  2. Provide proof of admittance into the University of Alaska Anchorage as an AAS pre-major dental hygiene student.
  3. 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.
  4. Three letters of recommendation sent to the Dental Hygiene program on the provided forms.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
(907) 786-6929


Students should contact the Dental Hygiene program advisor for details.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C:

First Fall Semester
DA A110Dental Radiography3
DA A110LDental Radiography Laboratory1
DH A201Oral Histology and Embryology2
DH A202Basic Techniques for Dental Hygienists7
DH A204Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures2
Choose one of the following: **3
Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition for Health Sciences
First Spring Semester
DA A160Materials in Dentistry3
DH A222Adjunctive Techniques for Dental Hygienists3
DH A292DClinical Seminar I1
DH A295DClinical Practicum I4
DH A311Periodontics2
DH A365Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists2
Second Fall Semester
DH A302Advanced Instrumentation for Dental Hygienists1
DH A310Oral Pain Control3
DH A314Pathology of Oral Tissues2
DH A321Current Periodontal Therapies2
DH A392CClinical Seminar II1
DH A395CClinical Practicum II5
Second Spring Semester
DH A316Professional Dental Hygiene Practice1.5
DH A324Community Dental Health I2
DH A392DClinical Seminar III1
DH A395DClinical Practicum III6

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.