Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene
Program Overview & Information
The Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Program has earned a nationwide reputation for educating dental hygiene professionals since its inception in 1973. The Northern Arizona University Dental Hygiene Program is the only program in Arizona that offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
The Dental Hygiene Program is a 2-year program consisting of four 16 week semesters with a 5 week summer term followed by a 2 week externship.
Click below to see what prerequisites you need and what your time in our program will look like!
Classes are only offered through the Flagstaff Mountain Campus and the program starts every Fall. Application and admittance to the Dental Hygiene Program is required in addition to NAU Acceptance.
Students are required to learn and practice clinical skills on each other throughout the program. This means that all students must participate as both a student clinician and as a patient. The procedures students will be performing and being subjected to include: reviewing medical and dental histories, taking vital signs, practicing instrumentation, giving oral local anesthetic injections, placing sealants when indicated and taking radiographs.
You’ll be educated in well-equipped, cutting-edge clinical facility. An 18-chair clinic and dental laboratory are used to develop and practice dental hygiene procedures, using state of the art dental equipment, including Velscope, Spectra, and Intraoral camera. Radiographic technique is taught in a 5-chair facility, which includes a panoramic x-ray machine, and digital x-ray equipment. The comfortably-furnished student seminar/computer center has a beautiful view of the San Francisco Peaks and is a pleasant place to access web courses and study between classes.
The Dental Hygiene Department was awarded the Provost Award for Excellence in Global Learning on April 23rd, 2014 and April 24th, 2018!
Every year, the Dental Hygiene Department travels to under-served areas all over the world to provide dental hygiene services to citizens in need. Participation in the International Community Partnership affords dental hygiene students the opportunity to work among various cultures in the health disciplines, internationally contributing to the process of global engagement as a NAU dental hygiene student. Through this process, students understand the role of a dental hygiene advanced public health practitioner while working as an interdisciplinary team member. Some of these rotations will require the student to be gone for several days or longer. The NAU Dental Hygiene Department does provide faculty supervised housing and transportation for the Hopi rotation located in Pollaca, AZ approximately 2.5 hours away from the Flagstaff area. The student may choose to drive to and from the location; however, the student will then be responsible for getting themselves to the Hopi Clinic on time each day and providing their own transportation. Students are expected to drive to the Yavapai Clinic and return in the evening of the same day using their own transportation. They may arrange to carpool with other students.