A registered dental hygienist is a licensed professional who has graduated from an ADA/CODA accredited dental hygiene school and has successfully passed the written National Dental Hygiene Board Exam and the Western Regional Examining Board clinical exam. The UAF Community and Technical College dental hygiene program has received the status of initial accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
The dental hygienist is highly educated and trained as a clinical provider to assess a patient’s oral health, perform diagnosed treatment such as cleaning teeth for children and adults, complex periodontal therapy, taking x-rays, applying fluoride to teeth, placing periodontal therapeutic agents and sealants. As an integral member of the dental health team, the dental hygienist educates the dental patient of other diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which may be affected by poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease and infection, and assists the patient in achieving oral health.
In Alaska, a licensed dental hygienist, under separate certificate, is able to administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide. This is available only after successfully passing the requirements established in the Alaska Statutes and Regulations for Dentists and Dental Hygienists, and passing written and clinical boards.
A dental hygienist may work as a clinician in a private practice office, in specialty practices such as periodontics, pediatrics, orthodontics, in facilities of public health, managed care, and research, correctional institutions, hospitals, schools, and nursing homes. They may be employed as educators, managers, oral preventative program developers, researchers, sales, consumer advocates, editors, and consultants.
Specialized Admission Requirements
Acceptance into the UAF Community and Technical College dental hygiene program is competitive. Completion of all UAF general education and dental hygiene prerequisites/requirements does not guarantee admittance into the program. Please contact the program administrator for more information.
Rena L. Bower, CDA, RDH, BS
604 Barnette Street, Suite 430
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Dental Programs Office Manager
Room: 430, 604 Barnette Street