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Current Students in BS in Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Transfer

The school is planning for the transfer of the BS degree to the new UH West Oahu campus htt://westoahu.hawaii.edu/

The "complete" transfer of the program, faculty and resources will provide the opportunity for the dental hygiene program to build a state of the art clinical teaching facility for the program while increasing its ability to serve the community through an expanded dental hygiene presence on the Leeward cost. Please check our website regularly to stay updated on the planning process and timeline for the transfer.

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, which states:
“each program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation must develop and implement a procedure to inform students, patients and others of the mailing address and telephone number of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. The complaints/comments are due in the Commission office no later than 60 days prior to the program’s site visit.”
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
                Chicago, Illinois 60611
                Telephone: 1-800-621-8099 extention 4653
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.
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.
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 BLS Course);
  2. Health clearance of immunizations including polio, tetanus within 10 years, mumps, complete hepatitis B vaccine series, laboratory evidence (titer) of immunity to rubella, rubeola and varicella, and TB clearance;
  3. Health insurance; and
  4. Malpractice insurance of $1 million per incident/$3 million aggregate.
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 studies.
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 at (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 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.
Financial Consideration
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 $14,000. Students are encouraged to make appropriate financial arrangements.
Note: School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene students pay a higher fee at registration.
Varied Schedules
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.
Continued Registration
The minimum academic requirements of UH Mānoa 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.
View the curriculum here.
View information on the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
For more information on the program, please contact us at (808) 956-8821 or visit our FAQ section.

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