Dental Hygiene Completion Program

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Completion Program (AAS-BSDH)

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Completion Program (AAS-BSDH) is specifically designed for dental hygienists with an associate degree who desire to advance their education toward a baccalaureate degree. The AAS-BSDH Program will enhance your theoretical and clinical knowledge and promote career advancement as well as those who want the option to move into to new field related to dental hygiene, pursue a masters degree, or who want to strengthen professional skills in communication and evidence-base practice. The AAS-BSDH Completion Program is a full online program.


The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is here.

Regarding the PSB Exam: 

Prospective Applicants: As we all adapt to the fluid reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Higher Education, we want to be flexible with respect to your admission to programs in the College of Health Sciences. To this end, we ask that you make every effort to turn in your completed application by the appropriate deadline. Also note that, for admission in the fall, if you are unable to schedule or take the PSB it will not harm/count against you. You will be informed of a path forward once all decisions have been made.


Students who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to submit an application for admission.

  1. Application Deadline – May 20 for fall entry into the program.
  2. Eligible students must submit an application for admission to the Advising Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences prior to the application deadline.

AAS-BSDH Program Application and Information Packet






The Dental Hygiene Program derives its purposes and functions from the mission statement of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Our primary purpose is to provide the highest quality education while recognizing and respecting the dignity of each individual student. We are committed to contributing to the oral health needs of the community by providing high quality care in a cost efficient manner.
The Dental Hygiene Program strives to provide a variety of quality academic, laboratory, preclinical and clinical learning experiences that prepare students to assume the role of a dental hygienist in a variety of practice settings. Students, while having the responsibility for their own learning, are provided with an environment for effective learning by the faculty. The Dental Hygiene faculty encourages students to attain their professional goals while realizing their individual potential as learners and beginning professionals.

Program Goals

  1. To graduate clinically competent and ethical dental hygienists who will promote the values of oral and general health and wellness to the public.
  2. To provide a quality educational program that meets the needs of the students, employers and educational community.
  3. To graduate dental hygienists who are able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  4. To create a physical and emotional atmosphere conducive to learning.
  5. To graduate dental hygienists who possess transferable skills, e.g. in communication, problem solving, and critical thinking, in order to take advantage of opportunities for professional growth and development.

Program Learning Outcomes

 Upon completion of the Dental Hygiene Program, graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in all graduate competencies set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation to become successful and productive hygienists to deliver optimal care to patients in the private healthcare setting.
  2. Be clinically competent in assessing, exposing and electronic storing of dental radiographs when delivering care to patients in Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  3. Apply the knowledge to deliver the Dental Hygiene Process of Care to patient by: assessing, dental hygiene diagnosing, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students will demonstrate the provision of dental hygiene care to promote client health and wellness using critical thinking and problem solving skills in the provision of an evidence-based practice.
  4. Communicate effectively to patients and other dental healthcare professionals.  
  5. Access and evaluate appropriate information through written and electronic means.
  6. Apply ethical frameworks to resolve a variety of ethical dilemmas.

 Program Exceeds Pass Rate Standards

The UAFS Dental Hygiene Program has exceeded the accreditation standards for the pass rate average on both the written national board dental hygiene examination and the regional clinical examination.

Dental Hygiene First Write Pass Rates
National Board Exam
National Board Exam pass rates will be reported on each graduating class.

Date Candidates Taking Candidates Passing % Pass Rate
March 2001 12 12 100
March 2002 11 11 100
March 2003 10 10 100
March 2004 11 11 100
March 2005 13 13 100
March 2006 15 15 100
March 2007 14 14 100
March 2008 14 14 100
March 2009 13 13 100
March 2010 16 16 100
March 2011 16 16 100
March 2012 15 15 100
March 2013 15 15 100
March 2014 14 14 100
March 2015 15 15 100
March 2016 11 11 100
March 2017 10 10 100
March 2018 11 11 100