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Dental Hygienist Curriculum

Effective June 1, 2012


Dental Hygienist Courses

10-508-101-00 Dental Health Safety
Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. Prerequisite: Students must be currently recognized/certified in basic life support procedures for a healthcare provider, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation prior to enrollment in this course. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist program. Lab. 1 credit.

10-508-102-00 Oral Anatomy Embry Histology
Prepares dental hygienist students to apply detailed knowledge about oral anatomy to planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of patient care. Students identify distinguishing characteristics of normal and abnormal dental, head, and neck anatomy and its relationship to tooth development, eruption and health. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist program. Prerequisite: 10-806-177. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-508-103-00 Dental Radiography
Prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a mannequin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. Students gain further experience in exposing radiographs on patients in the clinical portion of their program. This course also provides the background in radiographic theory required for students to make informed decisions and adjustments. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist program. Pre/corequisites: 10-508-101, and 31-508-304 or 10-508-102. Lecture/Clinical. 2 credits.

10-508-105-00 Dental Hygiene Process 1
Introduces dental hygiene students to the basic technical/clinical skills required of practicing Dental Hygienists including use of basic dental equipment, examination of patients, and procedures within the dental unit. Under the direct supervision of an instructor, students integrate hands-on skills with entry-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The course also reinforces the application of Dental Health Safety skills. Pre/corequisites: 10-508-101, 10-508-102. Lecture/Clinical. 4 credits.

10-508-106-00 Dental Hygiene Process 2
Introduces the application of fluoride and desensitizing agents, whole mouth assessments, comprehensive periodontal examinations, application of sealants, and patient classification. Students also begin performing removal of supragingival stain, dental plaque, calcified accretions, and deposits. In addition, students gain further experience in exposing radiographs on patients. Reinforces the application of Dental Health Safety skills. Pre/corequisites: 10-508-102, 10-508-103, 10-508-109. Lecture/Clinical. 4 credits.

10-508-107-00 Dental Hygiene Ethics Professionalism
Helps student dental hygienists develop and apply high professional and ethical standards. Students apply the laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene to their work with patients, other members of a dental team, and the community. Emphasis is placed on maintaining confidentiality and obtaining informed consent. Students enhance their ability to present a professional appearance. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Hygienist program. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-508-108-00 Periodontology
Prepares student dental hygienists to assess the periodontal health of patients, plan prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, and to evaluate the effectiveness of periodontal treatment plans. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of the signs and causes of periodontal disease and on selection of treatment modalities that minimize risk and restore periodontal health. Prerequisites: 10-806-186, 10-806-197, 10-508-102, 10-508-103 Corequisite: 10-508-106. Lecture/Lab. 3 credits.

10-508-109-00 Cariology
Focuses on the characteristics and contributing factors of dental decay. Dental Hygiene students help patients minimize caries risk by developing treatment plans, communication methods to patients, and evaluating treatment results. Prerequisites: 10-806-186, 10-806-197 Corequisite: 10-508-106. Lecture. 1 credit.

10-508-110-00 Nutrition and Dental Health
Prepares student dental hygienists to counsel patients about diet and its impact on oral health. Students learn to distinguish between balanced and unbalanced diets and to construct diets that meet the needs of patients with compromised dental/oral health. Students also learn to counsel patients about the effect of eating disorders on dental health. Pre/corequisites: 10-806-186, 10-508-109. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-508-111-00 General and Oral Pathology
Prepares the student dental hygienist to determine when to consult, treat, or refer clients with various disease, infection or physiological conditions. Students learn to recognize the signs, causes, and implications of common pathological conditions including inflammatory responses, immune disorders, genetic disorders, developmental disorders of tissues and cysts, oral tissue trauma, and neoplasm of the oral cavity. Prerequisites: 10-508-102, 10-508-103. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-508-112-00 Dental Hygiene Process 3
Builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists developed in Dental Hygiene Process 2. In consultation with the instructor, students apply independent problem-solving skills in the course of providing comprehensive care for calculus case 1, 2, and 3 patients and peri-case type 0, I, II, and III patients. Dental Hygiene Process 3 introduces root detoxification using hand and ultra-sonic instruments, manipulation of files, use of oral irrigators, selection of dental implace prophylaxis treatment options, and administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Students also adapt care plans in order to accommodate patients with special needs. Prerequisites: 10-508-106, 10-508-108, 10-508-109, 10-508-110. Lecture/Clinical. 5 credits.

10-508-114-00 Dental Pharmacology
Prepares student dental hygienists to select safe and effective patient pre-medication, local anesthetic, chemo-therapeutic and anti-microbial agents within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Students will also learn to recognize potential pharmacological contraindications for specific patients and to take measures to avoid negative impact or alert other members of the dental team to possible negative impact. Prerequisites: 10-806-186, 10-806-197 Corequisite: 10-508-106 or 10-508-112. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-508-115-00 Community Dental Health
Prepares the Dental Hygiene student to play a proactive role in improving the dental health of community members of all ages. Students perform and interpret dental health research to determine community dental health needs. They also participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a community dental health program. Pre/corequisite: 10-508-112. Lecture. 2 credits.

10-508-116-00 Dental Pain Management
Prepares the student dental hygienist to work within the scope of a dental hygiene practice to manage pain for dental patients. Students learn to prevent and manage common emergencies related to administration of local anesthesia, prepare the armamentarium, and administer local anesthesia. This course also addresses the recommendation of alternative pain control measures. Prerequisites: 10-508-102 Pre/corequisites: 10-508-112, 10-508-114, Health Care Provider level CPR. Lab. 1 credit.

10-508-117-00 Dental Hygiene Process 4
Builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists developed in Dental Hygiene Process 3. With feedback from the instructor, students manage all aspects of cases in the course of providing comprehensive care for calculus case type 0, 1, 2, and 3 patients and for perio case type 0, I, II, and III patients. Emphasizes maximization of clinical efficiency and effectiveness. Prepares student dental hygienists to demonstrate their clinical skills in a formal examination situation. Students must have completed all other Dental Hygienist courses. Pre/corequisite: 10-508-107. Clinical. 4 credits.

10-801-195-00 Written Communication
Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-801-196-00 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-806-177-00 General Anatomy and Physiology
Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-806-186-00 Intro to Biochemistry
Provides students with the skills and knowledge of organic and biological chemistry necessary for application with nursing and other allied health careers. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the structure, physical properties, and chemical reactions of organic molecules, body fluids, and acids. Additional emphasis is placed on biological functions and their relationships to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and DNA. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-806-197-00 Microbiology
Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms, and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role and microbes in the environment, industry, and biotechnology. Prerequisite: 10-806-177. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.

10-809-166-00 Intro to Ethics Theory and Application
Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-172-00 Introduction to Diversity Studies
Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religion are explored. Lecture. 3 credits.

10-809-199-00 Psychology of Human Relations
Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes. Lecture. 3 credits.