Dental Hygiene

This is an addendum to the 2008-2009 UAF General Catalog.
A new degree program in Dental Hygiene was approved by the UA Board of Regents in February 2008. This page includes the specifics of this new program.

College of Rural and Community Development
Tanana Valley Campus 907-455-2800
www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/health/

A.A.S. Degree

Minimum Requirements for A.A.S. Degree: 69 credits

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The registered dental hygienist is a licensed oral health educator and clinical operator who uses preventive, educational and therapeutic methods to help individuals and groups attain and maintain optimum oral health. The dental hygiene A.A.S degree is a three-year program with one year of prerequisite science and general education courses and two years of course work in dental hygiene. The program prepares graduates clinically and academically to take the National and Western Regional Examining Boards for licensure. Once enrolled as a dental hygiene student, the student can anticipate a four-semester, 40-hour-per-week intensive program. Some evening classes and clinics are scheduled.

The dental hygiene program has received initial accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the dental hygiene program is competitive. Six students per year are accepted, based on the following criteria:

**..... Courses with equivalent content transferred from another university may be substituted for the above UAF courses.
Additional information and a complete application packet are available at 907-455-2834 or 907-455-2805, fydh@uaf.edu, or www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/health/dh. It is strongly recommended that interested students work with the dental hygiene advisor while preparing to apply to the program.

Major -- A.A.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements (As part of the degree requirements, complete SOC--F100X for the human relations requirement.)
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    HLTH F150--Dental Radiography and Lab--4 credits
    DH F111--Dental Anatomy Embryology and Histology--2 credits
    DH F112--Techniques for Dental Hygienists--7 credits
    DH F114--Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures--2 credits
    DH F121--Periodontics I--2 credits
    DH F122--Techniques II for Dental Hygienists--4 credits
    DH F165--Introduction to Dental Pharmacology--2 credits
    DH F181--Clinical Practicum I--4 credits
    DH F182--Clinical Seminar I--1 credit
    DH F211--Periodontics II--2 credits
    DH F212--Techniques III for Dental Hygienists--3 credits
    DH F214--Pathology for Oral Tissues--2 credits
    DH F224--Principles of Dental Health--3 credits
    DH F283--Clinical Practicum II--5 credits
    DH F284--Clinical Seminar II--1 credit
    DH F285--Clinical Practicum III--6 credits
    DH F286--Clinical Seminar III--1 credit
    DH F310--Oral Pain Control--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required - 69
* Students must earn a C (2.0) grade or better in each course.

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