The Dental Hygiene program is a four semester and one summer session program within a cohort* that prepares individuals to work in general and specialty dental offices, hospitals, schools, and public health agencies. Students are trained in educational methods and preventive clinical services that qualify them as dental health educators and competent clinicians. Emphasis is placed on the correlations among prevention, education, and the clinical phases of dental hygiene practice as well as basic and social sciences. The program is the second step in the Dental Assisting > Dental Hygiene career ladder.

The curriculum is organized in accordance with requirements of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation for a Dental Hygiene program and with consultation from the Maui County Dental Association and the Maui County Dental Alliance. The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is: Graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Hygiene Exam, Central Regional Dental Testing Service Exam, and apply for license with the Hawai‘i Board of Dental Examiners.

The following minimum courses are required of students entering the Dental Hygiene program: ENG 100, MATH 100 or 115, MICR 130 and 140, ZOOL 141 and 142, and DENT 154**, 164, 165, 176**, 177**, all with grade C or better. General Education AS credits (shown below in parenthesis) may be completed early to reduce course load and to be more competitive in the selection process.
The application deadline for Fall Cohort is May 1.  Visit the UH Maui College dental website at:

Contact the Dental Hygiene program coordinator, Rosie Vierra, at 984-3313, or by email at for information.

Requirements for Associate in Science (AS) Degree:  94 credits
All prerequisite courses (28) cited above plus:
Dental Hygiene 150(2), 153(2), 155(1), 156(3), 173(1), 254(3),
255(2), 256(1), 257(2), 258(2), 260(4), 261(2), 262(5),
263(5), 264(2), 265(1), 266(2), 267(1), 268(1), 269(1)
Biochemisty 241(3)
Food Science and Human Nutrition 285(3)
Pharmacology 203(3)
Psychology 100 or Sociology 100 (3)
Speech 151 or Communication 145(3)
Humanities elective(3)

Grade C or better in all General Education and didactic Dental Hygiene courses, and Grade B or better in all clinical DH courses.

Cohort* takes courses in this sequence: (Parenthesis show General Education courses recommended to be taken beforehand.)

First Semester (Fall) Credits
DH 150  Oral Histology and Embryology 2
DH 153  Assessment Procedures in Dental Hygiene 2
DH 155  Dental Emergencies 1
DH 156  Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 3
DH 158 Anatomical Science 2
DH 173  Dental Health Education & Interpretation I 1
PH 267 Dental Radiology & Interpretation 1
BIOC 241 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
PHRM 203  General Pharmacology (3)
(6) 12
Second Semester (Spring) Credits
DH 254  Pathology for DH and Special Patient Populations 3
DH 255  Oral Pathology in Dental Hygiene 2
DH 257  Periodontics 1 and Advanced Clinical Techniques 2
DH 260  Clinical Dental Hygiene 1 4
DH 267  Dental Radiography & Interpretation 1
FSHN 285  The Science of Human Nutrition (3)
Humanities elective (3)
Summer Session (5 weeks)  Credits
DH 256 Applied Pharmacology in Dentistry 2
DH 261 Clinical Dental Hygiene 2 2
DH 266 Local Anesthesia & Pain Control 2
Third Semester (Fall) Credits
DH 258  Periodontics 2 and Advanced Clinical Techniques 2
DH 262  Clinical Dental Hygiene 3 5
DH 264  Community Dental Health 2
SP 151  Personal and Public Speech or
COM 145 Interpersonal Communication      (3)
    (3) 9
Fourth Semester (Spring) Credits
DH 263  Clinical Dental Hygiene 4 5
DH 265  Law and Ethics in Dental Hygiene 1
PSY 100 or SOC 100 (3)
(3) 6


    *Note: Scheduling is designed for a cohort of students to complete the program in 4 semesters and a summer session.
  **Note: DENT 154, 176, and 177 are eligible for Credit by Exam to students who hold an active Certified Dental Assistant (Dental Assisting National Board-DANNB) license. See website