Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

Table Clinics

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: 124 Eastport Hall, Texas Avenue, Bangor, ME
Credits: 1.5 category I MBDE credits for Maine dentists, hygienists
2.5 category II  MBDE credits for Maine assistants
The program is free of charge.  All members of the dental health team are invited

The Center for Tobacco Independence

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Spectacular Events Center
Credits: 3 category I MBDE credits
Open to dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants
Registration forms will be available at Table Clinics
More info: email Tricia Spearin at tnixon@maine.edu
Phone:  262-7879

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

About the Dental Hygiene Program

Working in classrooms, labs, a campus Dental Health Clinic, and in the community, our Dental Health students are prepared for positions of responsibility in a variety of settings, including dental offices, schools and public health agencies.

The programs’ unique curriculum combines advanced dental health courses with general studies classes, so that our 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 trained as oral health educators to teach patients and the community the principles of preventive oral health care.

The centerpiece of the program is the campus Dental Health Clinic which includes the type of equipment our students are likely to find once employed. Most important, our students get to work on actual patients from the community, which makes the transition from college to job almost seamless.

The Dental Hygiene Program is just one of two in the state of Maine, and the only in Eastern Maine. The Dental Assisting Program is the only CODA accredited assisting program in the state. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association, 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.

Skills You'll Acquire

UMA’s Dental Health programs consistently produce caring, competent, knowledgeable professionals who provide a valuable service to their communities. Additional skills and abilities found in UMA Dental Health graduates are listed below:

CommunicationHuman Development
Promoting awareness of health issues
Counseling patients about tobacco cessation
Taking patient histories
Counseling about dental decay prevention
Interacting with patients
Assessing individual needs
Managing patients throughout lifespan
Understanding basic human needs
Clarifying values
Understanding medical terminology
Utilizing precision tools
Using local anesthesia for hygiene purposes
Detecting and removing calculus and plaque
Applying fluoride
Toothbrush and rotary polishing
Applying sealant
Utilizing infection control
Placing medicaments
Assessing medical, nutritional and dental histories
Determining implications
Behaving professionally
Making ethical decisions and judgments
Applying theory to clinical practice
Implementing and evaluating plans


Careers You Can Seek

The certificate program in Dental Assisting prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board exam and for entry-level assisting positions. The Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene prepares students for entry-level positions in Dental Hygiene and may have application to other fields. 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 CareCareers With Similar Skills
Chairside Dental Assistant
Clinical Dental Hygienist
Dental Lab Technician
Public Dental Hygienist
Patient Educator
Public Heath Hygienist
Public Health Supervision Status
Orthodontic Dental Assistant
Oral Surgery Dental Assistant
Military Dental Assistant & Hygienist
Dental Office Manager
Podiatric Medical Assistants
Physical Therapy Assistants
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Ophthalmic Medical Assistants
Dental Ceramist*
Education/Human ServicesBusiness
State Oral Health Program Director*
Dental Hygiene Educator
Community Educator
College Professor*
Tobacco Cessation Counselor
Public Health/Government Clinics
Dental Company Educator*
Pharmaceutical Sales
Dental Medical Equipment Salesperson
Dental Health Researcher*
Consultant for Dental Offices

*Baccalaureate or graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. competently practice dental hygiene in a variety of health care and educational settings
  2. demonstrate concern for the quality of care
  3. exhibit an intellectual curiosity which will enable them to respond to a changing profession and society 

dental5A program in Dental Hygiene provides an attractive opportunity to men and women interested in health careers. The main concern of the dental hygienist is the maintenance of good oral hygiene in relation to good oral health in relation to total health. The student is educated to perform clinical services, such as patient assessment, instrumentation, dental radiography, application of fluorides and sealants, and administration of local anesthesia. The student also learns to be an oral health educator, to teach patients and the community the principles of preventive oral health care. The program emphasizes the dental hygienists' role in the prevention of oral disease. Laboratory equipment and a modern dental hygiene clinic are among the facilities provided by the program.


Admissions Information

Bloodborne Pathogen & CPR Requirements

Tuition and Costs

Licensure Information


Program Coordinator:

Diane Blanchette - dianeb@maine.edu


Laboratory experiences in the techniques of instrumentation, manipulation of dental materials, operation, maintenance of chairside and support equipment, and data gathering procedures. (Pass/Fail Grade Only). Corequisite: DEH201. Lab 8. CR 4

Essentials of dental hygiene theory and clinical practice including instrumentation, disease transmission, infection control, materials and devices commonly used by dental hygienists, and management of medical emergencies. Prerequisite: enrollment in Dental Hygiene Program and BIO210, 280, 321; corequisite: DEH200. Lec 5. CR 5

A study of the structure and function of the tissues of the oral cavity and surrounding structures including a study of the origin, structure, growth, development and microscopic anatomy of tissues of the oral cavity and surrounding structures. Prerequisites: BIO210 and enrollment in the Dental Hygiene Program or BIO210 and permission of the instructor. Lec 4, Lab 2. CR 5

Topics include ionizing radiation, the history of x-rays, their production and properties, radiation measurement, radiation hazards and principles of radiation safety. Covers theory and practice of exposing, processing, mounting and interpreting dental radiographs. Prerequisite: enrollment in Dental Health Program, or high school diploma with six months clinical dental office experience and instructor permission. Corequisite: DEH201 or DEA101. Lec 1.5, Lab 3. CR 3

Practical application of dental hygiene theories and techniques with emphasis on individual patient’s oral health needs, patient education, time and motion efficiency, and ergonomic principles. (Pass/Fail Grade Only). Prerequisite: DEH200, DEH201, DEH202, DEH203, BIO210, BIO280, CHY108. Prerequisite or Corequisite: DEH251. Clinic: 8 hours. CR 2

Introduction to the theories and techniques of clinical dental hygiene including selected prophylactic skills, the principles of primary preventive dentistry, patient interaction, and advanced patient management techniques. Prerequisites: DEH200, 201, 202, 203, BIO210, 280. CR 3

A study of diseases of the oral cavity and surrounding structures and the clinical differentiation between the normal and abnormal appearance of tissues. Prerequisite: DEH202, BIO210, BIO280, CHY108. Lec 2. CR 2

A study of the origin, structure, growth, development, and microscopic anatomy of the tissues of the oral cavity and surrounding structures. Prerequisite: DEH202, BIO210. Lec 2, Lab 1. CR 2

This course familiarizes students with the fundamental principles of nutrition including the study of nutrients, their sources and interrelationships, effects of deficiency and excess, food fads, patterns and safety.  Attention will be given to scientifically discriminating between valid nutrition claims and those containing hype or exaggeration. Emphasis throughout will be placed on applying sound nutrition principles in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the total care of the dental hygiene patient; and in providing the foundation for the knowledgeable discussion of nutritional practices and needs with the dental hygiene patient. Prerequisite: BIO210 and CHY108. Corequisite: DEH251. Lec 3. CR 3

Specialized theory and skills in auxiliary disciplines. Topics vary from semester to semester, depending upon expressed interests or identified needs. Designed to fill specialized needs of a given student population or address immediate dental auxiliary issues and trends outside of current course offerings. Prerequisite: permission. CR 1-4

A continuation of the practical application of dental hygiene theories and techniques with emphasis on selected advanced techniques. Students will have rotating assignments at the on-campus clinical facility and may have assignments at the V.A. Center Dental Clinic in Togus. (Pass/Fail Grade Only). Prerequisite: DEH203, DEH250, DEH251, DEH252, DEH253, DEH254, BIO321. Clinic: 12 hours. CR 3

A continuation of dental hygiene theories and techniques with emphasis on treatment of the periodontal patient, advanced data collection, and clinical skills. Prerequisites: BIO321, DEH250, 251, 252, 254. Corequisite: DEH300. Lec 2, Lab 2. CR 3

The study of basic pharmacology with emphasis on the drugs used in dental practice. Attention will also be given to drug classes that patients may be taking for medical reasons. Classifications of pharmacologic agents, methods of action, therapeutic effects, absorption, metabolism, and adverse reactions are covered. Prerequisites: BIO321, CHY108. Corequisites: DEH250, 252. Lec. 2. CR 2

Clinical features, histopathology and diagnosis of various forms of periodontal disease and the philosophy of various surgical and nonsurgical periodontal treatments. Prerequisite: DEH250, DEH251, DEH252, DEH253, BIO321. Lec CR 2

The study of local anesthetics with emphasis on appropriate selection and administration techniques used in dental hygiene. This course will provide the opportunity for students to integrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform effective local anesthesia administration while insuring the maximum health, safety, and comfort of the patient. Prerequisites: DEH202, DEH250, DEH252, DEH253, BIO210, CHY108, BIO321. Co/Prerequisite: DEH302. Lec 2, Lab 2. CR 3

The study and application of current concepts in community oral health planning and health care practice, and the essentials of epidemiology, biostatistics, and action research. This course will provide a comprehensive study of fluoride and the various health methods of providing the community with fluoride on local, state, and national levels. Corequisite: DEH300. Lec 2. CR 2

A continuation of the practical application of dental hygiene theories with emphasis on advanced techniques. Students will have rotating assignments at the on-campus clinical facility and may include assignments at the V.A. Center Dental Clinic in Togus. (Pass/Fail Grade Only.) Prerequisites: DEH300, 301, 302, 303, DEH304. Clinic: 16 hours. CR 4

A capstone course using dental hygiene case studies and critical evaluation of scientific literature as a basis for review, synthesis, and analysis of dental hygiene theory and practice. Information regarding dental hygiene employment is also included. Prerequisites: DEH213, 301, 302, 303. Lec 2. CR 2

A survey of operative dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, and temporomandibular dysfunction. This course is designed to introduce students to specialty practices in dentistry with emphasis on the auxiliary’s role in these areas. Corequisite: DEH350. Lec 2. CR2

The study and application of current concepts in community oral health education, educational methodologies, group motivation, and program planning. This course will also provide an understanding of financing dental health care, social responsibility, and oral healthcare delivery systems. Prerequisite/Corequisite: DEH350. Lec 2. CR 2

This course is designed to give the student a foundation in professional ethics and a knowledge of the laws governing the dental profession. Students will also explore current issues and controversies within the dental hygiene profession. Corequisite: DEH350. Lec 2. CR 2