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.
- Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.
- 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.
- Applicants must meet with the UAA Dental Hygiene program advisor regarding application and program admission requirements prior to application deadline.
- 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 A111||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIOL A112||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIOL A240||Introductory Microbiology for Health Sciences||4|
|CHEM A103||Introduction to General Chemistry||3|
|or CHEM A105||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM A103L||Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|CHEM A104||Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry||3|
|CHEM A104L||Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory||1|
|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||Introduction to 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|
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.
- Provide proof of admittance into the University of Alaska Anchorage as a BSDH pre-major student.
- Complete the BSDH Dental Hygiene program application and submit to the address below.
- 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.
- Provide three letters of recommendation to the Dental Hygiene program on the required forms.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Satisfy the General University Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.
- Complete the General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees. WRTG A212 is highly recommended to fulfill the written communication requirement.
- Complete the Major Requirements below. Earning a 75% or higher grade in each Dental Hygiene course is required to progress within the program and graduate.
|Complete the following courses with a minimum grade of C:|
|DA A110||Dental Radiography||3|
|DA A110L||Dental Radiography Laboratory||1|
|DA A160||Materials in Dentistry||3|
|DH A201||Oral Histology and Embryology||2|
|DH A202||Basic Techniques for Dental Hygienists||7|
|DH A204||Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures||2|
|DH A222||Adjunctive Techniques for Dental Hygienists||3|
|DH A292D||Clinical Seminar I||1|
|DH A295D||Clinical Practicum I||4|
|DH A302||Advanced Instrumentation for Dental Hygienists||1|
|DH A310||Oral Pain Control||3|
|DH A314||Pathology of Oral Tissues||2|
|DH A316||Professional Dental Hygiene Practice||1.5|
|DH A321||Current Periodontal Therapies||2|
|DH A324||Community Dental Health I||2|
|DH A365||Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists||2|
|DH A392C||Clinical Seminar II||1|
|DH A392D||Clinical Seminar III||1|
|DH A395C||Clinical Practicum II||5|
|DH A395D||Clinical Practicum III||6|
|DN A203||Nutrition for Health Sciences||3|
|STAT A200||Elementary Statistics||3-4|
|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|
|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|
or ENGL A313
or ENGL A414
or PHIL A305
Other courses approved by a Dental Hygiene advisor
|DH A424||Community Dental Health II||3|
|Complete 10 elective credits||10|
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.
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:
- 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.
- Critically evaluate scientific literature and research 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 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.
- 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.
- Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate complex community oral health projects to diverse populations