May 23, 2024  
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Dental Hygiene, BS

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Graduates of the dental hygiene program serve as consumer advocates for oral healthcare. They are an integral part of the dental team, able to provide instruction and therapeutic services in the prevention of oral diseases. The curriculum combines general education courses, science courses and professional courses. Students experience didactic, laboratory, and clinical education. Successful completion of the program prepares the graduate to take a regional clinical board and a written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, as required for licensure.

Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission into the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete UAFS admission requirements to include submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  2. Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA for all college course work (including transfer work and excluding developmental courses) and be in good academic standing.
  3. Complete required prerequisite courses for the dental hygiene program with a minimum of C or higher in each course prior to the application deadline.
  4. Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. See the UAFS Testing Center TEAS webpage for information on the TEAS exam.
  5. Submit Dental Office Observation Verification Form (verification forms may be used for two years after the dates of observation).
  6. Students may not attempt any course more than twice and be eligible for admission into the dental hygiene program.

NOTE: The application process for the dental hygiene program requires a criminal background check. Licensure in Arkansas also requires a state and federal criminal background check.


Students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply for admission. Applications can be found online and must be submitted by the date as determined by the program.


Selection is based on the following weighted system:

Phase One

  • Quality points earned for prerequisites and any additional courses on the BS dental hygiene degree plan (college credit earned through CLEP or AP for a course will not be used for ranking purposes) - 40%
  • Score earned on the TEAS - 30%
  • Cumulative GPA - 30%

NOTE: In the event applicants have identical ranking scores, priority will be given to the student with the highest cumulative GPA. The top 25 applicants after phase one of the selection process will proceed to phase two.

Phase Two

  • Interview

Students admitted into the Dental Hygiene Program must submit the following additional documentation prior to fall entry:

  1. Health Care Provider Statement/Medical Release form
  2. Proof of immunizations
  3. CPR Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS)
  4. Criminal background check
  5. Drug screen

Freshman Year Fall Semester - 16 Hours

Freshman Year Spring Semester - 12 Hours

Sophomore Year Fall Semester - 16 Hours

Sophomore Year Spring Semester - 17 Hours

Junior Year Spring Semester - 14 Hours

120 Total Hours

At least 40 hours must be upper level


  1. General Education Core requirements, see General Education Core requirements  of this catalog with the following stipulation: mathematics - MATH 1403  or mathematics with MATH 1403  as a prerequisite.
  2. These courses are used to determine major GPA, see Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. Enrollment in courses beginning with the DHYG prefix requires admission to the dental hygiene program.
  3. ITA requirement, two hours. Select from ITA 1011 , ITA 1201 , or ITA 1251 .
  4. These courses must be completed prior to entrance into the dental hygiene program.
  5. Science courses taken more than five years prior to program application may not be eligible. See advisor for more information and to request a science course evaluation.

A grade of C or better is required in all courses applicable to this program.

Prior to graduation students must demonstrate competency in financial literacy by satisfactory completion of FIN 1521 - Personal Finance Applications  (or an approved substitution) with a grade of C or better, or by a score of 70% or more on a challenge exam for FIN 1521 .

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