Honors and Awards
Dental Hygiene Faculty Award
An outstanding dental hygiene student who has maintained high scholarship and made contributions to the department is recognized by the faculty of the Department of Dental Hygiene at graduation.
Sigma Phi Alpha
Alpha Kappa Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha is the national dental hygiene honor society at the University of Hawai'i. Senior dental hygiene students who rank high in scholarship and character and exhibit potential qualities for future growth are recommended by faculty members for election to membership.
Applicants to the dental hygiene program must meet the
Manoa campus admission requirements described in the Catalog. Evaluations are made on scholastic background, i.e., high school performance, SAT scores, and college performance. Interviews are conducted to assess interpersonal and communication skills and interest in dental hygiene.
Students not accepted into the program are provided counseling on alternative options.
Health Certification and Other Requirements
An updated record of immunization including laboratory evidence (titer) of immunity to rubella,
rubeola, and varicella, health insurance coverage, and purchase of a liability-malpractice insurance policy of $1 million per incident and $3 million aggregate are required of all dental hygiene students after acceptance into the program and prior to the
start of clinical experiences. Students are expected to have a tuberculosis screening test
(Mantoux) or chest x-ray done and to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination at the beginning of the dental hygiene program.
All students must complete an American Heart Association basic cardiac life support
(BLS Course C) certification course prior to clinical instruction.
Students enrolled in dental hygiene clinical courses have the potential for exposure to communicable diseases and may sustain injuries in the clinical setting. Limited emergency care will be rendered on site. Students are financially liable for all care received, including emergency room charges.
Certifications and requirements must be kept current for the duration of program enrollment.
Applications for admission of students new to the University are accepted from December 1 through April 1 for entry the following August. Applicants must submit a common application form directly to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Applicants transferring to the Manoa campus must submit a college transfer form, transcripts, and a special application form obtained from, the Department of Dental Hygiene, by April 1 for entry the following August.
Students interested in dental hygiene should enroll in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences in liberal arts and complete the minimum pre-dental hygiene requirements of basic sciences and introductory liberal arts courses prior to applying to the dental hygiene program. For further information, consult the Department of Dental Hygiene.
The minimum academic requirements of the University apply to all dental hygiene students. In addition, students will not be permitted to continue in the dental hygiene program if they fail to maintain the minimum GPA of 2.0 for all registered credit hours in dental hygiene courses by the end of the second semester and each semester thereafter.
BS in Dental Hygiene
Students must complete a total of 141 credits:
- 37 credits of the General Education Core requirements (see the
"Manoa General Education Core and Graduation Requirements" section within this Catalog)
- 29 credits of pre-major requirements
- 61 credits of dental hygiene major requirements
- 14 credits of other major requirements
BIOC 241 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
ENG 100 Expository Writing (3)
FSHN 185 The Science of Human Nutrition (3)
MICR 130 General Microbiology (3) and MICR 140 Microbiology Lab (2)
PHYL 103/103L Human Physiology and Anatomy/Lab (5/1)
PSY 100 Survey of Psychology (3)
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SP 151 Personal and Public Speech (3)
DH 231 Oral Anatomy and Tooth Morphology (2)
DH 231L Oral Anatomy and Tooth Morphology Lab (2)
DH 238 Basic Dental Hygiene I (2)
DH 238L Basic Dental Hygiene I Lab (1)
DH 239L Basic Dental Hygiene I Lab (1)
DH 240 Basic Dental Hygiene II (2)
DH 240L Basic Dental Hygiene Lab/Clinic (1)
DH 241L Basic Dental Hygiene Lab/Clinic (1)
DH 242L Basic Dental Hygiene Lab/Clinic (1)
DH 250 General and Oral Histology and Embryology (2)
DH 251 General and Oral Histology and Embryology (1)
DH 28l Dental Radiography (2)
DH 281L Dental Radiography Lab/Clinic (1)
DH 361 Health Education and Promotion (2)
DH 366 General and Oral Pathology (2)
DH 366 General and Oral Pathology (1)
DH 369 Dental Materials (1)
DH 369L Dental Materials Lab/Clinic (1)
DH 370 Expanded Functions in Dental Hygiene (2)
DH 370L Expanded Functions Lab/Clinic (1)
DH 375 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
DH 375L Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 376L Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 377L Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 378L Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 380 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2)
DH 380L Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
DH 381L Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
DH 382L Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
DH 389 Pain Control and Local Anesthesia in Dentistry (2)
DH 390 Periodontology I (2)
DH 391 Periodontology II (2)
DH 473 Community Health (3)
DH 475 Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
DH 475L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 476L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 477L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 478L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (1)
DH 480 Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2)
DH 480L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
DH 481L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
DH 482L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
DH 483L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (1)
NURS 310 Psychosocial Nursing Concepts (3) or equivalent
NURS 439 Professional Nursing Management (3) or equivalent
NURS 441 Introduction to Nursing Research (3) or equivalent
PHRM 201 Introduction to General Pharmacology (2)
PSY 210 Statistical Techniques (3) or equivalent