C. Kuba, RDH, MEd (Chair)—dental hygiene
Y. Koga, MA—dental and dental hygiene sciences
Degree Offered: BS in dental hygiene
The Academic Program
Dental hygiene (DH) is the study of the integrated services rendered to patients by a licensed dental hygienist. Students majoring in dental hygiene can become licensed professionals who offer preventive, educational, and therapeutic services for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of optimum oral health.
The dental hygiene program at UH Manoa is the only one in the state. It offers the educational preparation required by dental hygienists to provide oral health care and education to the people of Hawai‘i, the continental U.S., and the Pacific.
Students completing the bachelor of science in dental hygiene qualify for admission to the national and state board dental hygiene examinations for licensure to practice dental hygiene under the supervision of dentists in dental offices and in public health and other dental hygiene settings.
The bachelor of science in dental hygiene maximizes the opportunity for students to continue their education. It offers professional training to broaden and deepen knowledge and skills, as well as a foundation for personal and professional development and opportunities for admission to graduate work.
The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association.
Students interested in the dental hygiene program are encouraged to arrange a counseling session with dental hygiene faculty members.
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 UH. 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 UH Manoa 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.
Health Certification and Other Requirements
Prior to enrollment, accepted students must provide evidence of sound health and meet other requirements as follows:
1. CPR Certification (Health Provider level BLSCourse);
All requirements must be cleared before registration by presenting photocopies of CPR certification, health insurance policy (card), titer results, Health Clearance Form (vaccination record), and TB clearance to the Department of Dental Hygiene. Students with prerequisite deficiencies may not register for or attend laboratory or clinical classes.
Students must take a tuberculosis screen test or chest x-ray as required. Dental hygiene students who have not taken a TB skin test within the last year must take the two-step TB test. CPR certification must be current.
Students are required to have health insurance. Student medical insurance plan information may be obtained through the University Health Services (808) 956-8965.
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.
Note. All certifications and requirements must be kept current for the duration of program enrollment.
Significant costs (e.g. professional education fee; purchase of instruments, supplies, uniforms, and books; examination fees, etc.) not related to tuition and housing are associated with dental hygiene education. The additional cost over a period of three years in the dental hygiene program is approximately $12,000. Students are encouraged to make appropriate financial arrangements.
Note. School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene students pay a higher fee at registration.
High school and transfer applicants from other universities and colleges must complete the UH System Application form and submit the form to the UH Manoa Office of Admissions and Records. Students enrolled as classified day students at UH Manoa during the semester immediately preceding the semester of desired entry must complete the Curriculum Transfer Request and the Department of Dental Hygiene application forms.
Applicants must submit transcripts, if applicable, and photocopy of grades if enrolled in courses at any community college or other university during the semester immediately preceding the semester of entry to the program.
Applications to the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene program are accepted from December 1 through March 1 for fall admission.
Dental hygiene students are expected to participate in clinical experiences at various scheduled times. Therefore, students must make time and arrangements to accommodate an irregular academic schedule.
Preparation for Graduation
Students are advised to check with a faculty adviser at least one year before the scheduled graduation date to confirm that all requirements will be met.
An application for graduation must be submitted with a degree fee to the Cashier’s Office (Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services, Rm. 001). This should be done during the first three weeks of the semester in which the student intends to graduate.
The minimum academic requirements of the UH apply to all dental hygiene students. In addition, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all registered credit hours in dental hygiene courses to continue registration in the dental hygiene program.
BS in Dental Hygiene
Students must complete the following:
General Education Core Requirements
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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