UMA’s Dental Hygiene Program combines advanced dental health courses with general studies classes; this ensures that students are both well rounded and ready upon graduation to perform clinical services, such as patient assessment, instrumentation, dental radiography, application of fluorides and sealants, and administration of local anesthesia. Students are also skilled as oral health educators to teach patients and the community the principles of preventive oral health care. Specifically, the UMA- Bangor campus Dental Hygiene Program:
- Prepares students for positions of responsibility in a variety of settings, including dental offices, schools and public health agencies.
- Boasts as its centerpiece an on campus state of the art Dental Health Clinic. Patients from the community serve as the primary learning experiences for students, making the transition from college to career almost seamless.
- Requires students to be on site every weekday at the Bangor campus location for all of the second and third year coursework.
The University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor Campus Dental Hygiene Program is one of just two accredited programs in the State of Maine, and the only in accredited dental hygiene program offered at a public institution.
The Dental Hygiene Program is intensive, intellectually demanding and competitive. Therefore, admission decisions are based solely on students who are admission eligible and have demonstrated the most intellectual promise. Students whose academic history reflects both an ongoing pattern of success and higher grades than the minimum required (with strong grades achieved particularly in the science coursework) are given greatest admission consideration.
- Job shadowing a dental hygienist at a local dental practice prior to submitting an application is encouraged.
- Applications are reviewed early in the spring term following the posting of fall term grades.
- A second review is conducted shortly after the posting of spring term grades.
- A rolling admissions process occurs thereafter until classes are filled.
- Written recommendations are not part of nor considered in the admission process.
Applicants with post-secondary college experience:
- Must have earned a minimum overall 2.50 grade point average (GPA) and will have their college coursework evaluated for transfer credit
Applicants without prior college coursework:
- Are required to take the UMA administered placement examination prior to being evaluated for admission decisions,
- If a student scores a 480 or higher on the math portion of the SAT they are not required to take the UMA Placement Test.
- If a student scores 500 or higher on the reading portion of the SAT they are not required to take the UMA Placement Test.
- Students who have not previously taken the SAT, are required by UMA to take the Accuplacer* test.
*The Accuplacer test assesses reading comprehension, writing skills and math aptitude.
Students in the Dental Health Programs are likely to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens (infectious diseases) in their pre-clinical and clinical courses. The Programs teach and utilize the Center for Disease Control Infection Control Guidelines. www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html
Immunizations required for the Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, and Expanded Functions Dental Assisting Program include:
- Hepatitis B Vaccine Series with Titre indicating immunity
- Varicella vaccine, history of the disease, or titre showing immunity
- Tetanus with the past 10 years
- Flu vaccine each year enrolled in the clinical coursework
- Tuburculin Skin Test on an annual basis
Students must hold current certification in either the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider. Failure to comply with any of the above will exclude the student from participating in preclinical and clinical courses.
Applicants to the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs should be aware that a criminal background check may be required while enrolled in the program or as a condition of professional employment. Internship sites may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record. If denied clinical privileges, the student is at risk of not being able to obtain the number of clinical hours required for graduation. Students will be expected to provide clinical internship sites with a current background check at the request of the interning site(s), with associated expenses the students’ responsibility.
Applicants of the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs should also be aware that full disclosure regarding criminal background checks could preclude the ability to obtain professional licensure.
Please note this is only a sample of the curriculum sequence. Dental Health Students are required to meet with their advisor prior to enrolling in courses. Refer to checksheet for additional course options.
|Fall Year One||Spring Year One|
|BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology||BIO 321 Microbiology|
|CHY 108 Allied Health Chemistry||BIO 280 Intro to Human Disease|
|ENG 101 College Writing||ENG 102W Intro to Literature|
|COM 101 or 102 Communications||PSY 100 Intro to Psychology|
|MAT 111 Algebra 2|
|Fall Year Two||Spring Year Two|
|DEH 200 Preclinical Dental Hygiene||DEH 250 Clinical Dental Hygiene I|
|DEH 201 Preclinical DH Theory||DEH 251 Clinical DH Theory I|
|DEH 202 Head & Neck Anatomy, Histology & Embryology||DEH 252 Oral Pathology|
|DEH 203 Dental Radiology||DEH 254 Nutrition in Oral Health|
|DEH 204 Dental Radiology Lab||DEH 255 Oral Health Considerations for Target Populations|
|DEH 302 Pharmacology|
|DEA 225 Professionalism for Oral Health Practitioner|
|Fall Year Three||Spring Year Three|
|DEH 300 Clinical Dental Hygiene II||DEH 350 Clinical Dental Hygiene III|
|DEH 301 Clinical DH Theory II||DEH 351 Clinical DH Theory III|
|DEH 303 Periodontology||DEH 352 Dental Specialties|
|DEH 304 Dental Anxiety and Pain Mgt||DEH 353 Community Dentistry II|
|DEH 305 Community Dentistry I||DEH 354 Ethics and Jurisprudence|
Optional BS Degree:
|Fall Year Four||Spring Year Four|
|ENG 317 Professional Writing||XXX XXX Cultural Diversity|
|XXX XXX Fine Arts||MAT 111 or higher*|
|XXX XXX Humanities||MAT 115 Elementary Statistics|
|DEH 449 Current Concepts in DH I||DEH 489 Current Concepts in DH II|
|DEH XXX DH Elective||DEH XXX DH Elective|
The Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students for entry-level positions in Dental Hygiene. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene further broadens one’s career opportunities. The selected list which follows indicates a range of career possibilities
|Health Care||Education/Human Services||Business|
Chairside Dental Assistant
State Oral Health Program Director*
Dental Company Educator*
*Baccalaureate or graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.
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National Institute for Dental and Cranio-facial Research
The University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor Dental Health Programs is scheduled for accreditation review in September 2021.
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.
If you would like to file a complaint, a copy of the appropriate accreditation standards for the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene program and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678.
The Programs must retain in their files documentation of any complaints related to the accreditation standards since the last comprehensive review in 2014. The Programs also must file information to document compliance with this policy.