K. Osada, RDH, MEd (Chair)—dental hygiene
Degree Offered: BS in dental hygiene
The Academic Program
The Department of Dental Hygiene at UH Manoa offers the only baccalaureate dental hygiene educational program in the state. It offers the 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-Asia region.
The bachelor of science in dental hygiene offers professional training, a foundation for personal and professional development, and preparation for graduate study. Students completing the degree in dental hygiene qualify for admission to the national and regional dental hygiene examinations for licensure to practice dental hygiene in private, public health, and other dental hygiene settings.
The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association.
Each program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation must post the Notice of Opportunity and Procedure to File Complaints with the Commission on Dental Accreditation. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedures for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at:
211 East Chicago Avenue
Department of Dental Hygiene
Academic advising is provided by faculty of the Department of Dental Hygiene. Potential applicants as well as students in need of advising should call for appointments.
All enrolled dental hygiene students are advised to meet with a faculty advisor regarding their progress toward their degree to ensure that all requirements are met at least two semesters before the scheduled graduation date.
An application for graduation must be submitted with a degree fee to the Cashier's Office, QLCSS Room 001. This should be processed during the first three weeks of the semester the student intends to graduate.
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 UH Manoa. 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.
The Department of Dental Hygiene's undergraduate program provides two pathways to the bachelor of science degree:
Applicants are strongly advised to attend an informational session at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene before submitting an application to the program. For more information, please visit the SONDH website at www.nursing.hawaii.edu/dentalhygiene.
High School Direct Entry into Dental Hygiene (HS-DEDH)
For high school graduates
This pathway is designed for high school seniors and provides an opportunity for admission into UH Manoa and the Dental Hygiene program directly after high school graduation. The student admitted to the Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene (DEDH) program is given reserved seating in a cohort-based learning community of 18-19 credits of prerequisite course work and begins dental hygiene courses as a sophomore and graduates with the BS degree in 4 years. Students may add coursework to their learning community, but not omit courses.
To qualify for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
With successful completion of the freshman year including prerequisite dental hygiene course grades the student is automatically admitted to the BS in dental hygiene program. In order to retain status as a Direct Entry Dental Hygiene Program student, the following conditions must be met:
*Note: Admission to DEDH will not be deferred. Students wanting to begin the dental hygiene program at a later time will follow the regular admissions requirements.
Students Who Don't Meet the Admission Requirements For The DEDH Program
If a student is interested in the dental hygiene program but is not eligible for the DEDH program, the student can enter UH Manoa as a pre-dental hygiene student and apply in fall for the freshman year for admission to dental hygiene.
Application Deadline and Requirements
January 5 (Fall admission only)
Applicants must submit transcripts, if applicable, and photocopy of grades if enrolled in courses at any community college or other university during the summer immediately preceding the semester of entry to the program.
All documents, including the UH System application (apply.hawaii.edu) and Dental Hygiene application (www.nursing.hawaii.edu/dentalhygiene/howtoapply), must be received by the Office of Student Services no later than the deadline. It is highly recommended that the UH System Application be submitted 4-6 weeks prior to the SONDH deadline in order to allow ample processing time in the Office of Admissions. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. For more information, please visit our website at www.nursing.hawaii.edu.
Traditional Dental Hygiene–BS in Dental Hygiene Pathway
For current UH Manoa and transferring college students
The Pre-Dental Hygiene designation is available for students planning to pursue program admission at UH Manoa. The Pre-Dental Hygiene designation does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program. A separate application and review is required for admission to the bachelor's in dental hygiene program.
This baccalaureate dental hygiene pathway admits students to the bachelor of science program following completion of a minimum of 29 semester credit hours of prerequisite and the majority of general education courses.
There is a path for those students interested in completing a baccalaureate degree, who have graduated from an associate degree or certificate program. To qualify, the applicant must complete the following requirements:
December 1 through February 1 for the upcoming fall semester. Students are admitted only during the fall semester.
Transfer applicants from other universities and colleges/schools must complete the UH System Application form and submit the form to UH Manoa Office of Admissions. 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.
Health Certification and Other Requirements
Prior to enrollment, accepted students must provide evidence of sound health and meet other requirements as follows:
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 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 onsite. 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 estimated additional cost over a period of three years in the dental hygiene program is approximately $14,000, excluding the professional education fee. Students are encouraged to make appropriate financial arrangements.
Note: School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene students pay a higher fee at registration.
Dental hygiene students are expected to participate in clinical experiences at various scheduled times. Therefore, students must make time and arrangements to accommodate a modified daily schedule.
The minimum academic requirements of UH Manoa 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
For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
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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