Department of Dental Hygiene has a program in Little Rock on the UAMS
campus and a distant location on the campus of Arkansas State University
Mountain Home (ASUMH). Dental hygiene students at the distant location
are enrolled as UAMS students and receive the didactic (classroom)
portion of the curriculum via interactive video from UAMS. UAMS
faculty at the ASUMH location provide laboratory and clinical
instruction. The ASUMH distant location enjoys significant support from
ASUMH and the UAMS Area Health Education Center-North Central (AHEC-NC).
Department of Dental Hygiene offers both Associate of Science and
Bachelor of Science degree options. Graduation from either option
qualifies the student to apply for state, regional, and national
examinations required for licensure. Students enrolled at the ASUMH
location do not have the AS degree option.
The program requires 39 SC (semester credits) of prerequisite course
work to be completed prior to admission to the dental hygiene program.
The dental hygiene program consists of 68 SC distributed over
two (2) academic years (two fall and two
spring semesters plus an intervening 4-week summer session).
For students at the ASUMH location and
those students at the Little Rock location desiring a BS degree, an
additional 13 SC of course work must be completed prior to graduation
from the dental hygiene program. These additional 13 SC include 6 SC
of general education course work and another 7 SC of upper-division
(junior/senior) course work beyond the dental hygiene curriculum for a
total of 120 SC.
AS degree requirements: 39 SC
prerequisite courses and 68 SC DH curriculum
(107 SC total)
– available to students in
Rock location only
degree requirements: 39 SC prerequisite courses and 68 SC DH
general education requirements + 7 SC upper
level course work
(120 SC total)
Department enrolls one class at each of the two program locations each
fall semester. The Little Rock class typically numbers thirty-two (32)
students, while the ASUMH location admits 5 students each year.
TYPICAL COURSE SCHEDULE
The UAMS dental hygiene program is a
full-time, weekday commitment. The program at both locations follows the
same general schedule. Classes, laboratory sessions, and clinical
sessions are schedule Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and
5pm. The Department does not offer evening classes. Portions of courses
are web-assisted, but at the present time, the Department does not offer
any totally on-line courses.
For more information, please call the
Department at 501-686-5734.
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