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Dental Hygiene

 

The program seeks motivated students who are dedicated to a long-term career in the dental hygiene profession. Applicants are advised to explore all aspects of a dental hygiene career and to work in the dental field prior to applying to the program. > more information on the Dental Program

 

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

DENTAL HYGIENE 100
Head and Neck Anatomy (2)

The study of the anatomy of the head and neck-specifically the bony structures, blood supply, musculature, and nerve supply. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 101
Histology/Embryology (3)

The study of the development, histology and function of the tissues in the oral cavity. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 102
Princ of General Pathology and Systemic Disease (2)

The study of general disease conditions that affect the human body and dental treatment. Introduction to terminology, specific diseases and their causes. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 110
Dental Radiology (2)

The study of the fundamentals of radiology and radiation hygiene, with demonstration and practice in the exposing and processing of intra-oral radiographs. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 111
Dental Radiology (3)

Continuation of DENHY 110 with continued emphasis on intra-oral radiographic techniques. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 110 with a 2.5 or above, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 112
Dental Anatomy and Morphology (2)

Lecture and laboratory exercises on nomenclature, anatomy, morphology and function of the primary and permanent dentitions. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 114
Oral Pathology (2)

The recognition and etiology of clinical oral pathologies of the oral/facial area. Introduction to detection, description and evaluation of oral lesions. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 115
Pain Control I (3)

A study of physiology, pharmacology of local anesthetic drugs, complications, patient evaluation, and techniques utilized in the administration of local anesthetics in dentistry. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 120
Medical Emergencies (2)

Lectures and clinical exercises preparing the student to prevent, recognize, and respond to medical emergencies in the dental setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 121
Clinical Dental Hygiene and Fundamentals I (8)

Initial course in a series of lecture and discussion associated with clinical skills and related subjects such as: accepted dental terminology, patient assessment and use of the mouth mirror, probe, sickle and explorer integrated with an introduction to clinic procedures and patient examination techniques. Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 122
Clinical Dental Hygiene and Fundamentals II (6)

Second of a series of lecture and discussion and beginning clinical course in a series providing traditional dental hygiene procedures to patients from the campus and community. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 121 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 123
Clinical Dental Hygiene and Fundamentals III (6)

Third of a series of lecture and discussion and beginning clinical course in a series providing traditional dental hygiene procedures to patients from the campus and community, with increasing level of competency and speed. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 122 with a 2.0 grade or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 124
Clinical Dental Hygiene and Fundamentals IV (5)

Third clinical and fourth lecture course in a series providing dental hygiene procedures at an increasing level of competency and speed on patients from the campus and community. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 123 with a 2.0 grade or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 130
Pharmacology (3)

The study of the general pharmacological and therapeutic actions of drugs pertaining to dentistry, including nomenclature, dosage, routes of administration, indications, contraindications, and the legal factors involved in dispensing. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 140
Ethics and Jurisprudence (3)

Lectures and discussions regarding ethics and jurisprudence, related to the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 141
Procedures Seminar I (1)

First-year, weekly discussion and lecture sessions with special emphasis on program policies and procedures for lab and clinic operation and WISHA regulations for blood borne pathogen exposure control and hazard control. Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory P/NC grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 142
Procedures Seminar II (1)

First-year, weekly discussion and lecture sessions with special emphasis on patient care planning/referrals, and policies and procedures for clinical operation. Occasional guest lectures are included. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory P/NC grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 151
Patient Records I (1)

Weekly discussion sessions for 1st year students with emphasis on patient chart record keeping, patient care planning/referrals, and policies and procedures necessary to fulfill legal duties owed to patients, and maintain positive public relations. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 152
Patient Records II (1)

Discussion sessions for 1st year students with emphasis on patient chart record keeping, care planning/referrals, policies/procedures necessary to fulfill legal duties owed to patients and to maintain positive public relations. Includes screening exams on patients. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 161
Periodontology I (2)

The recognition and etiology of diseases of the periodontium. This is the first course in a series of three consecutive courses in periodontology, and provides fundamental knowledge in the field of dental hygiene. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 162
Periodontology II (2)

Continuation of the study of periodontal disease, with increased scope and depth concerning histopathology and etiologies of periodontal disease. Emphasis is placed on non-surgical treatment of the various types of periodontal disease. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 171
Community and Public Health Dentistry I (2)

Students work in groups to develop and implement a community based program with an educational component. Lectures cover the ADPIE model for program planning, teaching methods, analysis of special group characteristics, formulation of lesson plans and development of visual aids. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 181
Restorative Dentistry I (3)

introduction to restorative dentistry procedures, including rubber dam application. alginate impressions, study models, sealants, mercury hygiene, matrix and wedge application, amalgam carving and L.A. Chemical and physical properties of the materials will also be studied. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 182
Restorative Dentistry II (1)

Preclinical laboratory exercises in placement and finishing of amalgam restorations. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory P/NC grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 215
Pain Control II (1)

Lecture, demonstration and clinical application of nitrous oxide analgesia and local anesthesia. Lectures on other pain control modalities used in dentistry. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 221
Clinical Dental Hygiene V (6)

Performance of traditional dental hygiene clinical procedures on patients fromthe campus and community. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 124 with a grade of 2.5 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 222
Clinical Dental Hygiene VI (6)

Performance of traditional dental hygiene clinical procedures on patients from the campus and community. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 221 with a 2.5 grade or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 223
Clinical Dental Hygiene VII (6)

Continuing performance of traditional dental hygiene clinical procedures on patients from the campus and community with increasing competency and efficiency. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 222 with a 2.5 grade or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 231
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals V (2)

Lectures, discussions and practice labs pertinent to clinical skills and related subjects which will be applied in second year dental hygiene clinic. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 232
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals VI (2)

Lectures, discussions, and practice labs pertinent to clinical skills and related subjects which will be applied in dental hygiene clinic. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 231 with a grade of 2.5 or higher or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 233
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals VII (2)

Lectures and discussions relating to entry into the dental hygiene profession and presentation of perio-control project. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 232 with a grade of 2.5 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 241
Procedures Seminar V (1)

Second-year weekly discussion and lecture sessions with special emphasis on patient care planning/referrals and policies and procedures for clinical operation. Occasional guest lectures are included. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory P/NC grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 242
Procedures Seminar VI (1)

Second-year, weekly discussion and lecture sessions with special emphasis on patient care planning/referrals, and policies and procedures for clinical operation, plus Mock Board patient selection criteria. Occasional guest lectures are included. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory P/NC grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 243
Procedures Seminar VII (1)

Second-year, weekly discussion and lecture sessions with special emphasis on patient care planning/referrals, policies and procedures for clinical operation, and preparation for the restorative and written portions of the State and Western Regional Licensing Exams. Prerequisite: Admision to Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor.

DENTAL HYGIENE 250
Dental Gerontology (1)

A course dealing with the special knowledge, attitudes, and technical skills required to provide oral health care to older adults. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 251
Patient Records III (1)

Discussion sessions for 2nd year students with emphasis on patient chart record keeping, patient care planning/referrals, policies/procedures necessary to fulfill legal duties owed to patients. Patient exams/charting performed with instructor assistance. Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 252
Patient Records IV (1)

Weekly discussion sessions for second-year students with special emphasis on patient chart record-keeping, and policies and procedures necessary to fulfill legal duties owed to patients, and maintain positive public relations. Includes screening exams on patients. Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 253
Patient Records V (1)

Discussion sessions for 2nd year students with emphasis on patient chart record keeping, patient care planning/referrals, policies/procedures necessary to fulfill legal duties owed to patients. Patient exams/charting performed with minimal instructor assistance. Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 260
Care of the Patient with Special Needs (1)

Educational experiences which will enable each student to recognize the physiological, psychological, psychosocial, medical, and oral aspects of disabling conditions in preparation for clinical management of such patients. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 261
Periodontology III (1)

Continuation of the study of periodontal disease. Emphasis is placed upon the surgical, reconstructive and maintenance phases of periodontal therapy. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 270
Professional Issues (1)

Lecture and discussion regarding the practice of dental hygiene including resume development, interviewing techniques, patient scheduling systems, employment contracts and dental staff relations. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 271
Public Health/Community Dentistry (2)

Introduction to the basic principles of public health theory, methods, research, social epidemiology and its impact on dental health education and the dental care delivery system. Limited to students in the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 171 with a grade of 2.5 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 272
Special Community Dental Health Project (1)

Advanced study in community dental health with group community projects to be arranged on an individual basis with the instructor. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 171 and 271 with a grade of 2.5 or higher for each course, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory P/NC grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 278
Extramural Clinic I (1)

Special clinical rotation for second-year students to attend individualized clinical experiences, with dental hygiene treatment for patientss in extramural community clinics. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of the instructor. Mandatory P/NC grding.

DENTAL HYGIENE 281
Restorative Dentistry III (3)

A study of restorative dentistry procedures and materials including the chemical and physical properties, selection, usage and manipulation. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 182 with a grade of 2.5 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 282
Restorative Dentistry Preclinic and Clinic (3)

Preclinical laboratory exercises in the placement and finishing of amalgam and composite restorations. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 281 with a grade of 2.5 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 283
Restorative Clinic I (2)

Clinical experience in restorative dentistry procedures. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and completion of DENHY 281 and 282 witha grade of 2.5 or higher for each course, or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 284
Restorative Clinic II (2)

Clinical experience in restorative dentistry procedures. Limited to students accepted into the Dental Hygiene program. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program and successful completion of DENHY 283 or permission of the instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 288
Extramural Clinic II (1)

Special clinical rotation for second-year students to attend individualized clinical experiences, with dental hygiene treatment for patients in extramural community clinics. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program or permission of instructor. Mandatory P/N grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 291
Special Topics in DENHY (1)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in dental hygiene. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program.

DENTAL HYGIENE 292
Special Topics in Dental Hygiene (2)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in dental hygiene. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program.

DENTAL HYGIENE 293
Special Topics in Dental Hygiene (3)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in dental hygiene. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program.

DENTAL HYGIENE 297
Individual Project in Dental Hygiene (1)

Individual project in a specific area of dental hygiene. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 298
Individual Project in Dental Hygiene (2)

Individual project in a specific area of dental hygiene. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

DENTAL HYGIENE 299
Individual Project in Dental Hygiene (3)

Individual project in a specific area of dental hygiene. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.