Dental Hygiene

Combine courses in anatomy, physiology, medical microbiology and more, with hands-on learning in our Dental Health Clinic located right on the Bangor campus. Under the supervision of UMA’s outstanding staff, you’ll work on real patients in our Clinic, fully preparing you to enter upon graduation into this highly in-demand, well paying profession.

Degree Offered: B.S. and A.S. in Dental Hygiene
Certificate in Dental Assisting Offered on the Bangor campus



This Program is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming members of the dental health care delivery system. The curriculum of designed to provide a broad educational experience in the theory and practice of dental assisting, as well as a background in biological sciences and the humanities. The dental assisting student will be educated in fourhanded dentistry and in the duties, which may be delegated to dental assistants, including dental radiography, oral health education, and business office responsibilities. Students gain practical experience through clinical and laboratory sessions and through extramural assignments in general and specialty dental practices, community and hospital dental clinics, and dental laboratories.

Dental Assisting Program Competency Goals

It is a goal of the Dental Assisting Program to provide a broad educational experience, encompassing didactic and clinical phases, for dental assistants to become competent in all functions that are currently identified in the Accreditation Standards for Dental Assisting.

Dental Assisting Certificate Program Checksheet

The Dental Assisting Program is the only CODA accredited assisting program in the state. The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. 

The University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor Dental Health Programs is scheduled for accreditation review in September 2014. 

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 2007.  The Programs also must file information to document compliance with this policy.  See Comment Period.