Dental Hygiene

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

DHG 111 : Dental Anatomy, Oral Histology, and Embryology

This course is a study of the tooth morphology and adjoining structures of the oral cavity. In addition, the classification of different types of occlusion is studied. This course is also a study of embryological and histological processes of the oral cavity. In addition, the microscopic anatomy of the oral cavity is studied. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Required first semester course for the fall semester. Three lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 3 credit Fall; Day only

Credits

3

DHG 113 : Orientation to Clinical Dental Hygiene

This course is an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of all major areas of clinical dental hygiene, including dental hygiene process of care, instrument design and use, primary preventive clinical techniques, medical and dental emergencies, and patient education. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Three lecture hours and six laboratory hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 5 credits Fall; Day only

Credits

3
Competencies for Dental Hygiene Graduates identify and organize the knowledge, skills, and attitudes our graduates must attain for entry into the dental hygiene practice in public and private settings. Three domains have been identified: Professionalism, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Process of Care. Within theses three domains, major competencies are identified: I. Professionalism 1. Ethics. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discern and manage ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. 2. Information Processing. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. 3. Professional Identity. The new dental hygiene graduate must contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4. The Individual. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health. 5. The Community. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations. III. Process of Care 6. Assessment. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles. 7. Planning. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discuss the condition of the oral cavity, identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors, and available treatments. 8. Implementation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 9. Evaluation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary.

DHG 119 : Head and Neck Anatomy

A study of the structures of the human head and neck. The normal anatomy and physiology of the various systems which are present in the head and neck are described in order to enable the students to better recognize abnormal conditions. The study of the head and neck anatomy as it relates to dentistry is stressed. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Two lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Fall; Day only

Credits

2
1. Integrate the function and anatomical relationships within the head and neck region in the provision of dental hygiene care. 2. Identify and integrate the relationship between the oral cavity and the head and neck regions to the rest of the body. 3. Apply the understanding of neurobiology to the practice of dental hygiene. 4. Utilize information and knowledge gained from this course in critically analyzing and developing clinical treatment skills.

DHG 120 : Dental Hygiene Theory II

This course is a continuation of theoretical and practical aspects of dental hygiene with emphasis on infection control, pain management, ethical situations related to dental hygiene practice, cultural diversity among patients, and evidence-based clinical decision making. Students study patient management, including the child patient, and non-surgical dental hygiene treatment planning, including fluoride therapy. Prerequisite: DHG 113. Two lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Spring; Day only

Credits

2
1. Develop and implement a preventive dentistry program. 2. Explain and interpret the theory of Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy (NSPT) 3. Discuss, interpret and summarize dental assessment findings. 4. Develop and discuss a dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment plan. 5. Plan, Implement and evaluate a dental hygiene care plan. 6. Interpret and summarize a patient dental evaluation. 7. Discuss the different forms and levels of patient communication, motivation/learning among patients. 8. Explain the dental hygiene treatment of a child patient (1-5 years old) 9. Research and explain nutrition and sugar counseling to a patient. 10. Define pain control and terminology for topical anesthesia. 11. Assess, implement and refer patients for cessation programs for tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse. 12. Explain the history of fluoride and the uses of professional, and over the counter fluoride products. 13. Explain and how to implement cultural diversity into a dental setting. 14. Explain the differences between the CDC and OSHA on policy for disease transmission and asepsis. 15. Define and explain evidence-based decision making in dentistry and research terminology

DHG 122 : Clinical Dental Hygiene II

This course is a clinical practicum in which the student provides direct patient care that incorporates the principles of instrumentation and the dental hygiene process of care. Emphasis is placed on patient assessment, dental hygiene treatment planning, and implementation of care. Prerequisite: DHG 113. Nine class hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Spring; Day only

Credits

2
1. Develop a thorough knowledge of the parts and sequence of a dental hygiene appointment. 2. Develop more advanced instrumentation skills. 3. Continue to develop knowledge and skills in preventive services, to a patient. 4. Develop communication skills with patients and members of the dental team. 5. Incorporate ideal principles of dental hygiene care into a clinical practice environment. 6. Continue to develop knowledge of ethical issues in dental hygiene. 7. Acquire and synthesize information in a scientific and effective manner. 8. Continue to develop the knowledge, skills and values of the profession. 9. Systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles data of the patient on the computer and paper form 10. Discuss the conditions of the oral cavity; identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors and available treatments. 11. Provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 12. Evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary. 13. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in applying dental hygiene methodology of care to a varied patient population in the dental hygiene clinic and other practice settings. 14. Evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary. 15. Develop and evaluate a preventive dentistry program for a patient with either dental caries risks and/or periodontal risks. 16. Utilize dental software, computers and data entry in the practice of dental hygiene

DHG 124 : Oral Radiography

This course is the study of the nature, physical behavior, biological effects, methods of control, safety precautions, and techniques for exposing, processing, mounting, and evaluating oral radiographs, including clinical practice of radiographic techniques. Laboratory practice inlcudes exposure, evaluation, and interpretation of intraoral and panoramic radiographs. Co-rerequisite: DHG 113. Two lecture and three laboratory hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 3 credits Fall

Credits

3
Competencies for Dental Hygiene Graduates Identifies and organizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes our graduates must attain for entry into dental hygiene practice in public and private settings. Three domains have been identified: Professionalism, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Patient Care. Within these three domains, major competencies are identified: I. Professionalism 1. Ethics. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discern and manage ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. 2. Information Processing. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. 3. Professional Identity. The new dental hygiene graduate must contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 1. The Individual. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health. 2. The Community. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations. III. Process of Care 1. Assessment. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles. 2. Planning. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discuss the condition of the oral cavity, identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors, and available treatments. 3. Implementation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 4. Evaluation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary.

DHG 126 : Periodontology

This course is a study of the pathology of periodontal disease and the philosophy of periodontal treatments, including both surgical and non-surgical therapy procedures. The course focuses on the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, methods of assessment, diagnosis, and classification of periodontal disease. The course emphasizes the relationship between periodontal health and systemic health and risk factors. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Three lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 3 credits Spring; Day only

Credits

3
1. Describe the tissues of the periodontium in health and disease. 2. Describe the pathogenesis and etiology of periodontal diseases. 3. Describe the pathogenesis and prevalence of periodontal diseases amongst different cultures and ethnicity. 4. Describe the signs, symptoms and treatment of periodontal diseases. 5. Describe the interaction of the host immune response to periodontal pathogens. 6. Describe how systemic conditions/diseases impact periodontal disease. 7. Describe how periodontal diseases impact systemic conditions/disease. 8. Describe the influence of diet and nutrition in health and in periodontal disease. 9. Assess, plan, give referrals and implement periodontal therapy and periodontal maintenance therapy. 10. Assess periodontal disease by radiographic analysis. 11. Educate patients correctly on periodontal disease and homecare protocols. 12. Describe the nonsurgical and surgical treatments of periodontal disease. 13. Describe the signs, symptoms and treatment of periodontal emergencies. 14. Evaluate evidence base literature on Periodontics and perform a meta-analysis and quantitative synthesis in a form of a research paper for consideration of the research to be incorporated into dental hygiene clinical practice guidelines. 15. Present evidence based literature to peers for consideration of research to be incorporated into dental hygiene clinical practice guidelines. 16. Critique evidenced based literature from peers to be considered for dental hygiene clinical practice guidelines.

DHG 128 : Pharmacology for Dental Hygienists

A study of drugs to familiarize the student with their origin, physical and chemical properties, dosage and therapeutic effects. Special consideration is given to those drugs affecting dental or dental hygiene procedures. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. One lecture hour per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 1 credit Spring; Day only

Credits

1
1. Recognize and describe the wide variation of normal oral and head and neck anatomy. 2. Identify and properly describe lesions or abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region. 3. Identify and list the underlying processes and treatments of the more common lesions and diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region. 4. Integrate the relationship between general health and systemic disease with the effects on the oral cavity.

DHG 230 : Local Anesthesis for the Dental Hygienist

This course is a study of the theory of pain management in dental hygiene and dentistry. Topics include general anesthesia, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation and topical anesthesia. The course includes a review of head and neck anatomy; neurophysiology; anesthetic pharmacology; management of local and systemic anesthetic complications; evaluation of the patient; mandibular and maxillary local anesthesia techniques; and infection control and exposure control protocols. Laboratory exercises are designed to provide students the opportunity to administer mandibular and maxillary injection techniques. The laboratory hours are completed during the first half of the fall semester. Prerequisite: DHG 119, DHG 128 and sophomore standing. One lecture hour and 2 laboratory hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Fall; Day only

Credits

2
Competencies for Dental Hygiene Graduates Identifies and organizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes our graduates must attain for entry into dental hygiene practice in public and private settings. Three domains have been identified: Professionalism, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Patient Care. Within these three domains, major competencies are identified: I. Professionalism 1. Ethics. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discern and manage ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. 2. Information Processing. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. 3. Professional Identity. The new dental hygiene graduate must contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4. The Individual. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health. 5. The Community. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations. III. Process of Care 6. Assessment. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles. 7. Planning. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discuss the condition of the oral cavity, identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors, and available treatments. 8. Implementation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 9. Evaluation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary.

DHG 231 : Dental Hygiene Theory III

This course is a continuation of the theoretical aspects of dental hygiene clinical practice. Special patient populations and topics are discussed and integrated to provide critical examination of the dental hygiene process of care related to patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, dental hygiene treatment plan, implementation and evaluation of treatment to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care. Prerequisite: DHG 120 and sophomore standing. Two lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Fall; Day only

Credits

2
Competencies for Dental Hygiene Graduates identifies and organizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes our graduates must attain for entry into dental hygiene practice in public and private settings. Three domains have been identified: Professionalism, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Patient Care. Within these three domains, major competencies are identified: I. Professionalism 1. Ethics. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discern and manage ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. 2. Information Processing. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. 3. Professional Identity. The new dental hygiene graduate must contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4. The Individual. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health. 5. The Community. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations. III. Process of Care 6. Assessment. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles. 7. Planning. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discuss the condition of the oral cavity, identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors, and available treatments. 8. Implementation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 9. Evaluation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary.

DHG 233 : Clinical Dental Hygiene III

This course is a clinical practicum in which students have an increased number of patient experiences that provide additional experience in the performance of a more complex dental hygiene process of care. Also, on service-learning rotations, students gain additional clinical experience at extramural sites providing care for patients with special needs. Prerequisite: DHG 122 and sophomore standing. Fourteen laboratory hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 4 credits Fall; Day only

Credits

4
1. Demonstrate a refinement of clinical dental hygiene skills from the previous two semesters. 2. Provide dental hygiene care as authorized in the prepared treatment plans of approximately 40 patients, including the following services: a. Medical dental history dialogue and record information b. Intraoral and extra-oral examination and record c. Dental charting d. Periodontal charting e. Mucogingival charting 3. Patient education individualized to patient's needs including dental biofilm control and dietary analysis. 4. Periodontal debridement using hand instruments and ultrasonic scalers for selective polishing for patients with slight to heavy stains. 5. Application of desensitizing agents. 6. Application of a topical fluoride agent. 7. Complete follow-up procedures regarding recall appointments and necessary referral for additional care. 8. Maintain sharp hand instruments without damage to the cutting edge or changing the contour of the instrument. 9. Describe and demonstrate the recording of dental, periodontal and mucogingival charting. 10. Demonstrate and record tooth mobility. 11. Demonstrate application of radiography skills learned in DHG 124. 12. Demonstrate organizational skills and time management. 13. Demonstrate patient management skills related to exposing radiographs. 14. Correctly expose, process, mount and assess radiographs. 15. Demonstrate duplication of radiographs. 16. Explain the rationale and demonstrate the procedures for sealant treatment. 17. Identify various oral signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of detrimental oral habits and explain their anatomical, physiological, and possible psychological effects. 18. Describe and demonstrate the technique for taking alginate impressions. 19. Describe and demonstrate the technique for fabrication of study casts. 20. Demonstrate understanding of digital intraoral photography. 21. Demonstrate use of computerized intraoral photography and print photograph of case study presentation. 22. Participate in service learning experience by providing dental hygiene care to patients in a variety of community practice settings. 23. Demonstrate the preparation, administration to patient and disassembly of a local anesthetic syringe. 24. Demonstrate the application of radiography skills learned in DHG 124. 25. Demonstrate organizational skills and time management. 26. Demonstrate patient management skills related to exposing radiographs. 27. Correctly expose, process, mount and assess radiographs. 28. Demonstrate duplication of radiographs. 29. Correctly maintain infection control protocols.

DHG 235 : General and Oral Pathology

A study of the diseases of the human body, especially those of concern to the dentist and dental hygienist. Pathological conditions of the oral cavity are examined in detail, emphasizing the comparison of normal and abnormal conditions. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Two lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Fall

Credits

2
1. Recognize and describe the wide variation of normal oral and head and neck anatomy. 2. Identify and properly describe lesions or abnormalities of the oral and maxillofacial region. 3. Identify and list the underlying processes and treatments of the more common lesions and diseases of the oral and maxillofacial region. 4. Integrate the relationship between general health and systemic disease with the effects on the oral cavity.

DHG 237 : Dental Materials

This course is a study of the science of dental materials, including physical, chemical, and biological properties, and the manipulation and care of materials used in the prevention and treatment of oral disease. The laboratory exercises are designed to illustrate the properties, applications, and uses of selected materials presented in lecture with special emphasis on the materials used within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Two lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 3 credits Fall; Day only

Credits

3
Competencies for Dental Hygiene Graduates Identifies and organizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes our graduates must attain for entry into dental hygiene practice in public and private settings. Three domains have been identified: Professionalism, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Patient Care. Within these three domains, major competencies are identified: I. Professionalism 1. Ethics. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discern and manage ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. 2. Information Processing. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. 3. Professional Identity. The new dental hygiene graduate must contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4. The Individual. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health. 5. The Community. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations. III. Process of Care 6. Assessment. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles. 7. Planning. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discuss the condition of the oral cavity, identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors, and available treatments. 8. Implementation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 9. Evaluation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services and modify as necessary.

DHG 240 : Dental Hygiene Theory IV

This course is a continuation of the theoretical aspects of dental hygiene practice. The study of patients with special needs continues. Domestic violence and child abuse are studied. Emphasis is placed on the law, current state regulations, and ethical dimensions of dental hygiene practice. The dental hygienist's legal responsibilities in all these areas are emphasized. The course prepares students for employment and the attainment of professional goals. Prerequisite: DHG 231 and second semester sophomore standing. Two lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Spring; Day only

Credits

2
Competencies for Dental Hygiene Graduates Identifies and organizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes our graduates must attain for entry into dental hygiene practice in public and private settings. Three domains have been identified: Professionalism, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Patient Care. Within these three domains, major competencies are identified: I. Professionalism 1. Ethics. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discern and manage ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a rapidly changing environment. 2. Information Processing. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to acquire and synthesize information in a critical, scientific, and effective manner. 3. Professional Identity. The new dental hygiene graduate must contribute to improving the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. II. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 4. The Individual. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health. 5. The Community. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations. III. Process of Care 6. Assessment. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to systematically collect, analyze, and accurately record baseline data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of patients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles. 7. Planning. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to discuss the condition of the oral cavity, identify actual and potential problems, etiological and contributing factors, and available treatments. 8. Implementation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to provide treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist the patient in achieving oral health goals. 9. Evaluation. The new dental hygiene graduate must be able to evaluate the effectiveness of planned clinical and educational services.

DHG 242 : Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

This course is a clinical practicum that provides the opportunity for further development of the clinical practice of dental hygiene in preparation for licensure. The focus is on the development of advanced clinical dental hygiene practice where students apply integrated, multi-disciplinary learning and a higher order of critical thinking to ensure the delivery of optimal patient care. In addition, through service-learning rotations, students gain additional clinical experience in the delivery of care for patients with special needs. Prerequisite: DHG 233 and second semester sophomore standing. Twelve to fourteen hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 4 credits Spring; Day only

Credits

4
1. Traditional methods of familiarizing dental hygiene students with community-based outreach methods are useful in the dental hygiene curriculum 2. The dental hygiene community outreach efforts can be enhanced with SL 3. SL has the potential to enhance students’ educational experience and to affect the oral health of the public in a positive fashion 4. SL emphasizes partnership stability, which results in continuity of services that contribute to the success of SL programs 5. SL challenges students and compels them to become more active in their learning 6. Student can tailor their own learning experiences so they improve in areas that are important to them 7. SL transforms the learning experiences for dental hygiene students and the oral health of the community

DHG 244 : Oral Health in the Community

This course presents the methodology by which the dental hygienist plans programs to promote oral health in the community. While learning the principles of program planning, the student conducts a needs assessment and designs oral health programs. Programs are presented and evaluated in service-learning experiences in which students provide oral health education to various populations within the community. Prerequisite: Open to DHG students only. Two lecture hours per week. Instructional Support Fee applies. 2 credits Spring; Day only

Credits

2
The Student will demonstrate his/her ability to evaluate published articles by writing critiques of one article concerning dentistry or public health from periodicals found in the library, using the outline provided. The article must be related to the target group of the student’s project.