The dental hygiene program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is the only baccalaureate level program in the state. It offers the educational preparation required of dental hygienists to provide oral health care and education to the people of Hawaiʻi, the continental U.S., and the Pacific-Asia region. Students majoring in dental hygiene can become licensed professionals who offer preventive, education, and therapeutic services for the control of oral diseases and the promotion of optimum oral health.
The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association.
Each program accredited by the commission on Dental Accreditation must post the Notice of Opportunity and Procedure to File Complaints with the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which states:
“each program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation must develop and implement a procedure to inform students, patients and others of the mailing address and telephone number of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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. The complaints/comments are due in the Commission office no later than 60 days prior to the program’s site visit.”
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedures for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at:
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653
Dental Hygiene Advising Information
Academic advising is provided by faculty of the Department of Dental Hygiene. Potential applicants as well as students in need of advising should call for appointments.
All enrolled dental hygiene students are advised to meet with a faculty advisor regarding their progress toward their degree to ensure that all requirements are met at least two semesters before the scheduled graduation date. An application for graduation must be submitted with a degree fee to the Cashier’s Office, QLCSS Room 001. This should be processed during the first three weeks of the semester the student intends to graduate.