Dental Hygiene

College of Rural and Community Development
Community and Technical College

A.A.S. Degree

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Admissions to this program are presently suspended.

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

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:

  1. Complete UAF application.
  2. Complete dental hygiene program application.
  3. Proof of immunity to rubella, rubeola, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
  4. Evidence of freedom from tuberculosis by PPD or chest X-ray within the previous six months.
  5. Current CPR certification for health care providers.
  6. Complete the required prerequisite with a C or better in each course, and an overall GPA of at least 2.5. GPA is considered in the admission criteria.
  7. Scores on the Health Occupational Basic Entrance Test (HOBET).
  8. Personal interview for top-tier candidates.
  9. Complete prerequisite courses**:
    BIOL F213X--Human Anatomy and Physiology I--4 credits
    BIOL F214X--Human Anatomy and Physiology II--4 credits
    BIOL F240--Beginnings in Microbiology--4 credits
    CHEM F103X--Basic General Chemistry--4 credits
    CHEM F104X--Beginnings in Biochemistry: A Survey of organic Chemistry and Biochemistry--4 credits
    HLTH F203--Science of Nutrition--3 credits
    PSY F101--Introduction to Psychology--3 credits

** Courses with equivalent content transferred from another university may be substituted for the above UAF courses.

Note: Additional information and a complete application packet are available at 907-455-2834 or 907-455-2805,, or 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:*
    DA F150--Dental Radiography--4 credits
    DH F111--Dental Anatomy Embryology and Histology--2 credits
    DH F112--Techniques I 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 of Oral Tissues--2 credits
    DH F224--Principles of Dental Health--3 credits
    DH F283--Clinical Practicum II for Dental Hygienists--5 credits
    DH F284--Clinical Seminar II--1 credit
    DH F285--Clinical Practicum III for Dental Hygienists--6 credits
    DH F286--Clinical Seminar III--1 credit
    DH F310--Oral Pain Control for Dental Hygienists--3 credits
  4. Minimum credits required--69 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.