Dental Hygiene


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Executive Director: Charmaine Stuteville, Interim
Advising Coordinator: Autumn Perkins
Phone: 479-788-7841
Department Website: Dental Hygiene

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The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene will graduate students who serve as consumer advocates for oral healthcare. They are an integral part of the dental team, able to provide instruction and therapeutic services in the prevention of oral diseases. Students experience didactic, laboratory, and clinical education. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates for the written National Board Examination and the clinical dental hygiene examinations required for licensure to become a registered dental hygienist.

What can you do with a degree in Dental Hygiene?

  • Private dental practices
  • Dental supply and product companies
  • Department of Health/public health
  • Correctional facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Research
  • Education

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Why should you choose to major in Dental Hygiene?

  • Enter a health care profession that is dynamic and ever changing
  • Be an advocate for dental health and overall health
  • A rewarding profession as you educate the public presenting for school programs and public health events
  • Develop lasting relationships using communication and interpersonal skills
  • Competitive pay and flexible work hours
  • Full-time or part-time opportunities available
  • Job security in an ever-growing profession
  • Opportunities for advancement and lifelong learning

Students can participate in:

  • Community Service Projects
  • Internships at local Community Dental Clinics and missions
  • Participate in Sealant Projects to help children in need
  • Present research projects at the American Dental Hygienist's Association National Convention
  • Participate and educate in community health fairs
  • Provide dental care for the underserved
  • Attend Arkansas State Dental Hygiene Association meetings and network with other hygienists
  • Learn to make whitening trays
  • Oral Cancer Screenings

Special Application Procedures

Please see, the College of Health Science/Dental Hygiene web site for detailed listing of admission requirements.

  • Application deadline for Dental Hygiene-fall class: May 20

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Professional Organization

Graduates are employed with:

  • Lifestyle Dentistry
  • Friddle Dentistry
  • Ocean Dental
  • Varner Family Dentist
  • Many more!


The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.