Hemenway Hall 200-B
2445 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8821
Fax: (808) 956-5707

Faculty

K. Osada, RDH, MEd (Program Administrator)—dental hygiene
M. Arucan-Masunaga, DDS—dental hygiene
P. Ching, RDH, MEd—dental hygiene
A. Colby, DDS, MS—periodontology/dental anesthesia
L. Fong, DDS, MS—periodontology
L. Fujimoto Ertel, DMD—pediatric dentistry
P. Fujimoto, RDH, DDS—oral pathology
N. Galarza, RDH, MEd—dental hygiene
G. Lau, RDH, MEdT—dental hygiene
M. Lau, RDH, MEd—dental hygiene
K. Nakasone, RDH, MEd—dental hygiene
M. Oishi, DDS—dental materials, oral histology
P. Sunahara, RDH, MEd—dental hygiene
L. Yamada, DDS, MEd—periodontology

Degree Offered: BS in dental hygiene

The Academic Program

The Department of Dental Hygiene at UH Mânoa offers the only baccalaureate dental hygiene educational program in the state. It offers the preparation required by dental hygienists to provide oral health care and education to the people of Hawai‘i, the continental U.S., and the Pacific-Asia region.

The bachelor of science in dental hygiene offers professional training, a foundation for personal and professional development, and preparation for graduate study. Students completing the degree in dental hygiene qualify for admission to the national and regional dental hygiene examinations for licensure to practice dental hygiene in private, public health, and other dental hygiene settings.

The Department of Dental Hygiene also offers an Advanced Professional Certificate for Expanded Function Dental Hygiene in Pediatrics (EFDH). This program provides Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) and graduates from the UH BS Dental Hygiene Program the opportunity to expand their knowledge, improve oral health outcomes for children, and develop clinical skills in pediatrics, giving them a competitive advantage for employment.

Accreditation

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. 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; Tel: 1 (800) 621-8099, ext. 4653.

Advising

Department of Dental Hygiene
Hemenway Hall 200-B
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8821
Email: uhmdh@hawaii.edu

Academic advising is provided by faculty of the Department of Dental Hygiene. Potential applicants as well as students in need of advising should call for appointments.

Graduation

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.

Undergraduate Study

The Department of Dental Hygiene’s undergraduate program provides two pathways to the bachelor of science degree:

  • High School Direct Entry into Dental Hygiene (HS-DEDH) Pathway
  • Traditional Dental Hygiene Pathway

Applicants are strongly advised to attend an informational session at the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene before submitting an application to the program. For more information, please visit the SONDH website at dentalhygiene.

High School Direct Entry into Dental Hygiene (HS-DEDH)

For high school graduates

This pathway is designed for high school seniors and provides an opportunity for admission into UH Manoa and the Dental Hygiene program directly after high school graduation. The student admitted to the Direct Entry in Dental Hygiene (DEDH) program is given reserved seating in a cohort-based learning community of 18-19 credits of prerequisite course work and begins dental hygiene courses as a sophomore and graduates with the BS degree in 4 years. Students may add course work to their learning community, but not omit courses.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum Exam Scores
    SAT: Evidence Based Reading and Writing–560 and Math–540 or
    ACT: Reading–22 and Math–22
  2. Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 at the end of the junior year of high school.

Continuation Requirements

With successful completion of the freshman year including prerequisite dental hygiene course grades the student is automatically admitted to the BS in dental hygiene program. In order to retain status as a Direct Entry Dental Hygiene Program student, the following conditions must be met:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all freshman year college course work
  • Minimum grade of C in all program course work

*Note: Admission to DEDH will not be deferred. Students wanting to begin the dental hygiene program at a later time will follow the regular admissions requirements.

Students Who Don’t Meet the Admission Requirements For The DEDH Program

If a student is interested in the dental hygiene program but is not eligible for the DEDH program, the student can enter UH Manoa as a pre-dental hygiene student and apply in fall for the freshman year for admission to the traditional dental hygiene pathway.

Application Deadline and Requirements

January 5 (Fall admission only)

Applicants must submit transcripts, if applicable, and photocopy of grades if enrolled in courses at any community college or other university during the summer immediately preceding the semester of entry to the program.

All documents, including the UH System application (apply.hawaii.edu) and Dental Hygiene application (high-school-direct-entry-in-dental-hygiene/how-to-apply), must be received by the Office of Student Services no later than the deadline. It is highly recommended that the UH System Application be submitted 4-6 weeks prior to the SONDH deadline in order to allow ample processing time in the Office of Admissions. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. For more information, please visit our website at nursing.hawaii.edu.

Traditional Dental Hygiene–BS in Dental Hygiene Pathway

For current UH Manoa and transferring college students

The Pre-Dental Hygiene designation is available for students planning to pursue program admission at UH Mânoa. The PreDental Hygiene designation does not guarantee admission to the dental hygiene program. A separate application and review is required for admission to the bachelor’s in dental hygiene program.

This baccalaureate dental hygiene pathway admits students to the bachelor of science program following completion of a minimum of 29 semester credit hours of prerequisite and the majority of general education courses.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program, applicants must complete the following requirements:

  1. Admission to UH Manoa
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; inclusion of prerequisite science courses GPA
  3. Basic Science GPA – the following courses will be calculated for the Basic Science GPA:
    PHYL 103/103L or PHYL 141/141L and PHYL 142/142L
    CHEM 161 or CHEM 151 or BIOC 241
    MICR 130/140L
    FSHN 185
  4. Prerequisite courses or equivalents:
    PHYL 103/ 103L or PHYL 141/141L and PHYL 142/142L
    CHEM 161 or CHEM 151 or BIOC 241
    MICR 130/140L
    FSHN 185
    COMG 151 or 251
    ENG 100
    SOC 100
    PSY 100
  5. Near completion of general education courses required for UH Manoa graduation
  6. Interview with the Dental Hygiene Admission Committee.

There is a path for those students interested in completing a baccalaureate degree, who have graduated from an associate degree or certificate program. To qualify, the applicant must complete the following requirements:

  1. Admission to UH Manoa
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; inclusion of pre-requisite science courses GPA
  3. Minimum DH GPA of 3.0
  4. Passed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  5. Completion of courses equivalent to: DH 361, DH 370, DH 389, DH 390/391
  6. Near completion of UH Manoa general education courses
  7. Interview
  8. Certified in the administration of intra-oral anesthesia (including regional blocks)

Application

January 5 (Fall admission only)

Transfer applicants from other universities and colleges/schools must complete the UH System Application form and submit the form to UH Manoa Office of Admissions. Students enrolled as classified day students at UH Manoa during the semester immediately preceding the semester of desired entry must complete the Curriculum Transfer Request and the Department of Dental Hygiene application forms.

Applicants must submit transcripts, if applicable, and photocopy of grades if enrolled in courses at any community college or other university during the semester immediately preceding the semester of entry to the program.

Advanced Professional Certificate in Expanded Function Dental Hygiene in Pediatrics (EFDH)

The UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene offers Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) and graduates from the Bachelor in Science Dental Hygiene Program an opportunity to expand their knowledge, improve oral health outcomes for children, and develop clinical skills in the area of pediatrics with a focus on children 0-5 years of age.

The Advanced Professional Certificate for Expanded Function Dental Hygiene in Pediatrics (EFDH) is a cohort-model designed to be completed in 9 months of full-time study. Didactic courses will be delivered in an online platform. Clinical experiences focus on providing hands-on oral care of to pediatric patients in the community using standard office dental equipment as well as mobile dental equipment in various community settings across the state. EFDH graduates will gain a competitive advantage for employment opportunities in pediatric dental practices, school-based health centers, and other non-traditional sites.

Students complete 405 clinical hours (360 clinical + 45 fieldwork) providing direct pediatric care in various community settings. Due to the rigor and scheduling of the program, we advise students to limit their employment during the program.

Tuition is charged at the UH Manoa undergraduate rate. There are no fees or supply costs for the program. The program provides a tuition scholarship to students who meet certain eligibility requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission of students to the Advanced Professional Certificate in Expanded Function Dental Hygiene in Pediatrics program is open to Registered Dental Hygienists and graduates from the UH Manoa Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene Program. Students accepted into the program must pass their state and national dental hygiene board certifications prior to starting the fall semester classes. It is highly recommended that graduating students currently enrolled in the Bachelor in Science Dental Hygiene Program contact the program contacts before graduation to discuss the program.

Criteria include the following minimum requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official transcript
  3. Essay
  4. Licensure: current unrestricted RDH license in Hawai‘i se

Application Deadline and Requirements

Current UH Manoa Dental Hygiene must submit an application only to UH Manoa Dental Hygiene ($0).

Non-student applicants must submit applications to both UH Manoa Undergraduate Admissions ($70) and UH Manoa Dental Hygiene ($0).

Office of Admissions
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
(808) 956-8975
uhmanoa.admissions@hawaii.edu
manoa.hawaii.edu/admissions/

UH Manoa Dental Hygiene
Kristine Osada, RDH, BS, Med
Department of Dental Hygiene Chair and Instructor
(808) 956-8821
kmsato@hawaii.edu

Applications must be received by April 1 at 6:59 p.m. HST or 11:59 p.m. EST

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 (BLS for Healthcare Providers Course);
  2. TB Clearance (Department approved);
  3. Immunizations for Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (TdaP) and annual Flu vaccine;
  4. Laboratory evidence (positive titer) of immunity to Hepatitis B, Mumps, Rubeola (Measles), Rubella (German Measles) and Varicella (Chicken Pox);
  5. Health insurance; and
  6. 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 classes.

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 estimated additional cost over a period of three years in the dental hygiene program is approximately $14,000, excluding the professional education fee. Students are encouraged to make appropriate financial arrangements.

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 a modified daily schedule.

Continued Enrollment

The minimum academic requirements of UH Manoa 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 remain in the dental hygiene program.

BS in Dental Hygiene

Students must complete the following:

  • General Education Core requirements (see the “Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section in the Catalog)
  • Pre-requisite requirements
  • Dental Hygiene major requirements
  • Other major requirements and electives

General Education Core Requirements

  • See the Catalog

Pre-requisite Requirements

  • BIOC 241 Fundamentals of Biochemistry (3)
  • COMG 151 Personal and Public Speech (3)
  • ENG 100 Composition I (3)
  • FSHN 185 The Science of Human Nutrition (3)
  • MICR 130 General Microbiology (3) and MICR 140L Microbiology Laboratory (2)
  • PHYL 103/103L Human Physiology and Anatomy/Physiology and Anatomy Lab (5/1)
  • PSY 100 Survey of Psychology (3)
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Major Requirements

  • DH 231 Oral Anatomy and Tooth Morphology (2)
  • DH 231L Oral Anatomy and Tooth Morphology Lab (2)
  • DH 238 Basic Dental Hygiene I (2)
  • DH 238L Basic Dental Hygiene I Lab (2)
  • DH 240 Basic Dental Hygiene II (2)
  • DH 240L Basic Dental Hygiene Lab/Clinic (3)
  • DH 250 General Histology (2)
  • DH 251 Oral Histology and Embryology (1)
  • DH 28l Dental Radiography (2)
  • DH 281L Dental Radiography Lab/Clinic (1)
  • DH 361 Health Education and Promotion (2)
  • DH 366 General Pathology (2)
  • DH 367 Oral Pathology (1)
  • DH 369 Dental Materials (1)
  • DH 369L Dental Materials Lab/Clinic (1)
  • DH 370 Expanded Functions in Dental Hygiene (2)
  • DH 370L Expanded Functions Lab/Clinic (1)
  • DH 375 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
  • DH 375L Clinical Dental Hygiene I Clinic (4)
  • DH 380 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2)
  • DH 380L Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (3)
  • DH 389 Pain Control and Local Anesthesia in Dentistry (2)
  • DH 390 Periodontology I (2)
  • DH 391 Periodontology II (2)
  • DH 473 Community Health (3)
  • DH 475 Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene I (2)
  • DH 475L Advanced Dental Hygiene I Clinic (4)
  • DH 480 Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2)
  • DH 480L Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene II Clinic (4)
  • NURS 363 Introduction to Nursing Research (3
  • PHRM 203 General Pharmacology (3)
  • PUBA 301 Health Care Administration (3) (UH-West Oahu)

For information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to programsheets/.