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: https://www.ada.org. 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 [...]