DH

Dental Hygiene (DH)

Dental hygienists screen patients for oral diseases such as gingivitis, perform teeth cleanings, and provide other preventative dental hygiene care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health. UH Maui College’s Dental Hygiene Program prepares students for this well-paid career track, and can be completed in 2 years* (five full-time semesters including one summer session).

DEGREES THAT CAN BE EARNED

Associate in Science (AS)

* Program length depends on student placement in mathematics and English and credit load. Placement tests may be required and program fees apply to all program majors.

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/100.apsx. 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 (28 credits) are required of students entering the Dental Hygiene program: ENG 100, MATH 100, 103, 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 parentheses) may be completed early to reduce courseload 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: http://maui.hawaii.edu/dental.

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

Upon successful completion of the DH Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrates an understanding of dental assistant roles including the legal, professional, and ethical responsibilities with the community.
    2. Demonstrates basic theoretical knowledge and skills in biological science, dental radiology, chair side dental assisting, and business office procedures to support dental assisting practice and build the foundation for an associate degree dental hygiene program.
    3. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and advancing competency over a lifetime of clinical practice.
All prerequisite courses(28) cited above plus:
Dental Hygiene 150(2), 153(2), 155(1), 156(3), 158(2), 173(1), 254(3), 255(2), 256(2), 257(2), 258(2), 260(4), 261(2), 262(5), 263(5), 264(2), 265(1), 266(2), 267(1), 269(1)
Biochemisty 241(3)
Food Science & 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 is required 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)
DH 150 Oral Histology and Embryology
DH 153 Assessment Procedures in Dental Hygiene
DH 155 Dental Emergencies
DH 156 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene
DH 158 Anatomical Science
DH 173 Dental Health Education & Interpretation
DH 267 Dental Radiology & Interpretation
BIOC 241 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
PHRM 203 General Pharmacology
Total
Credits
2
2
1
3
2
1
1
(3)
(3)
(6) 12
Second Semester (Spring)
DH 254 Pathology for DH and Special Patient Populations
DH 255 Oral Pathology in Dental Hygiene
DH 257 Periodontics 1 and Advanced Clinical Techniques
DH 260 Clinical Dental Hygiene 1
DH 269 Clinical Radiography & Interpretation
FSHN 285 The Science of Human Nutrition
Humanities elective
Total
Credits
3
2
2
4
1
(3)
(3)
(6) 12
Summer Session (5 weeks)
DH 256 Applied Pharmacology in Dentistry
DH 261 Clinical Dental Hygiene 2
DH 266 Local Anesthesia & Pain Control
Total
Credits
2
2
2
6
Third Semester (Fall)
DH 258 Periodontics 2 and Advanced Clinical Techniques
DH 262 Clinical Dental Hygiene 3
DH 264 Community Dental Health
SP 151 Personal and Public Speech,
or COM 145 Interpersonal Communication
Total
Credits
2
5
2

(3)
(3) 9

Fourth Semester (Spring)
DH 263 Clinical Dental Hygiene 4
DH 265 Law and Ethics in Dental Hygiene
PSY 100 or SOC 100
Total
Credits
5
1
(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 Assitant (Dental Assisting National Board-DANNB) license. See website http://www.maui.hawaii.edu/dental