The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene (SONDH) is the premier nursing and dental hygiene school in the State of Hawai‘i. Located on the Mānoa campus, the only doctoral/research university-intensive institution in Hawai‘i, we are dedicated to improving health through education, research, and service. The School provides instructional, clinical and research activities to enhance the health and care of diverse populations in the State of Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region.
Dental Hygiene History
Dental hygiene education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa began in 1931, with a four to five year curricula as part of the Teacher's College, where graduates received both a Bachelor's in Education and a 5th Year Certificate. In 1961, the dental hygiene program joined the College of Nursing and offered a Certificate in Dental Hygiene upon completion of a two-year curriculum. From 1976 to 1983, the Department of Dental Hygiene offered baccalaureate education as a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies-Dental Hygiene. In 1983, the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene was established.