• Allied Health
  • Dental Hygiene

    As a practicing member of the dental health team, the dental hygienist acts as an educator and motivator in maintenance of oral health and the prevention of dental diseases. There are many professional roles the dental hygienist may assume, participation in community health programs; dental office managerial roles; and participation in research activities. Employment opportunities in this field are many as most dentists employ more than one dental hygienist. Hygienists are in demand in general dental practices, as well as in specialty practices such as periodontics or pediatrics dentistry. Hygienists may also be employed to provide dental hygiene services for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and public health clinics.

    BY 104, Principles of Biology
    BY 231 and 232, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    EH 101 and 102, Written English I and II
    MH 113, Precalculus Algebra
    PY 100, General Psychology
    SH 100, Principles of Public Speaking
    UWA 101, Freshman Seminar
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    BY 240, Applied Microbiology
    CH 101, Introductory General Chemistry
    SY 100, Principles of Sociology  



    UWA has a linkage program in cooperation with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, in various fields of allied health. Students complete academic course work at UWA, then apply to transfer to the professional phase of the program at Wallace State Community College. Students completing the program will be awarded the associate degree from Wallace State. Acceptance into the clinical phase is on a competitive basis as students throughout the state compete for available positions. Students should see UWA Health Linkage Coordinator for additional information.
    All associate degree programs at Wallace State require completion of the following courses at UWA with a grade of “C” or higher in each course counted toward the degree.