Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program prepares students to become registered dental hygienists.  Our program serves as both an entry-level program with a competitive selection process and also as a degree completion program that allows graduates from the UAA and UAF AAS Dental Hygiene programs the opportunity to increase their education to the baccalaureate level.  Admission as a degree-completion student does not require a competitive selection process. The program offers students entry-level skills in dental hygiene as well as a broader background in community oral health and additional training in other areas of dental hygiene practice tailored to the students' interests.

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.
  2. Special admission requirements and application procedures are required. Completion of the admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program as a full major.  Applicants must contact the department for the selection criteria for the year in which they wish to apply.  
  3.  Applicants must meet with the UAA Dental Hygiene program advisor regarding application and program admission requirements prior to application deadline.
  4. Successful completion of the following courses with a minimum grade of C must be documented on UAA transcript by the application deadline. Send official transcripts from non-University of Alaska institutions to UAA's Office of the Registrar for evaluation. 
BIOL A111Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL A112Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL A240Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences4
CHEM A103Introduction to General Chemistry3
or CHEM A105 General Chemistry I
CHEM A103LIntroduction to General Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM A104Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry3
CHEM A104LIntroduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory1
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 A111Introduction to 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

Application Procedure

To be considered for selection into the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) program, the application process must be completed by the deadline date posted on the program’s website.

  1. Provide proof of admittance into the University of Alaska Anchorage as a BSDH pre-major student.
  2. Complete the BSDH Dental Hygiene program application and submit to the address below.
  3. Submit official transcripts (non-UAA) to UAA's Office of the Registrar.  Prerequisite coursework listed under Admission Requirements must be reflected on the UAA transcript by the application deadline.
  4. Provide three letters of recommendation to the Dental Hygiene program on the required forms.
  5. Submit current Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores to the UAA Dental Hygiene program no later than the application deadline posted on the program’s website. Contact the UAA Testing Center for information about TEAS administration.
  6. Meet with a designated advisor for the mandatory pre-major advising session.

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 on the application process and requirements.  Students are encouraged to meet with an 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.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C:
DA A110Dental Radiography3
DA A110LDental Radiography Laboratory1
DA A160Materials in Dentistry3
DH A201Oral Histology and Embryology2
DH A202Basic Techniques for Dental Hygienists7
DH A204Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures2
DH A222Adjunctive Techniques for Dental Hygienists3
DH A292DClinical Seminar I1
DH A295DClinical Practicum I4
DH A302Advanced Instrumentation for Dental Hygienists1
DH A310Oral Pain Control3
DH A311Periodontics2
DH A314Pathology of Oral Tissues2
DH A316Professional Dental Hygiene Practice1.5
DH A321Current Periodontal Therapies2
DH A324Community Dental Health I2
DH A365Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists2
DH A392CClinical Seminar II1
DH A392DClinical Seminar III1
DH A395CClinical Practicum II5
DH A395DClinical Practicum III6
DN A203Nutrition for Health Sciences3
STAT A200Elementary Statistics3-4
or STAT A253 Applied Statistics for the Sciences
Complete a minimum of 10 credits with a minimum grade of C from the following: *10
Restorative Techniques for Dental Auxiliaries
Selected Topics in Dental Hygiene **
Community Practicum in Dental Hygiene ***
Supplemental Dental Hygiene Clinical Practicum
Individual Research
Instructional Concepts in Dental Hygiene
Instructional Practicum in Dental Hygiene
Rural Practicum in Dental Hygiene ***
World Food Patterns
Weight Management and Eating Disorders
Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition
Advanced Technical Writing
Professional Writing
Research Writing
Medical Sociology
Biomedical Ethics
Professional Ethics
Other courses approved by a Dental Hygiene advisor
Integrative Capstone
DH A424Community Dental Health II3
Complete 10 elective credits10

Courses applied toward a minor in another discipline cannot be counted toward this requirement.


No more than 6 credits of DH A390 may be applied toward this degree.


No more than 3 credits total of DH A395E, DH A395R and DH A495E can be counted toward this requirement.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene are eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene will be able to:

  1. Provide and document 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. Critically evaluate scientific literature and research 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 a dental hygiene care plan, 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. Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate complex community oral health projects to diverse populations