Graduate of SCC Dental Hygiene Program should be able to:
Qualify for the national and regional examinations required to obtain licensure as a Registered Dental hygienist (RDH) in the State of Washington.
Successfully meet the essential competencies and student outcome as outlined in the Shoreline Dental Hygiene Student Handbook.
Utilizing problem solving strategies and the highest standard of the dental hygiene process of care in the treatment and management of patients in all aspect of dental hygiene practice and expanded duties allow by Washington State practice act.
Evaluate current scientific literature for evidenced-based clinical applications and use evidence based practice and a patient-centered care philosophy in all aspects of dental hygiene practice.
Provide competent dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patients utilizing the dental hygiene process of care. Value diversity, sensitivity in treatment, and interpersonal communication skills utilized as a provider in the delivery and culturally competent care to diverse population groups.
Assess, plan, evaluate and implement community-based oral health programs including disease prevention activities and health promotion.
Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of their education and dental hygiene careers.
Comply with OSHA, WISHA, and HIPAA Regulations.
Program Goals and Objectives
Goal #1: Education
Comprehensively prepare students, through appropriate academic and clinical education, to be qualified dental hygienists.
- 1.1 Recruit students of the highest quality who can reasonably be predicted to successfully complete the educational programs of the College within specified time frames.
- 1.2 Provide appropriate didactic and clinical instruction through an interactive, competency-based curriculum that is reviewed regularly and modified as necessary to address the dynamics of a constantly changing profession.
- 1.3 Provide didactic and clinical instruction in a positive learning environment that leads to social and ethical development along with technical competency and practice management skills.
- 1.4 Participate and encourage membership in dental hygiene professional organizations.
- 1.5 Create opportunities for life-long learning.
- 1.6 Develop a curriculum that incorporates critical thinking skills and is evidence-based where possible.
- 1.7 Integrate biomedical and clinical sciences throughout the curriculum.
- 1.8 Provide preparation to successfully complete all licensing exams required to practice in Washington State and obtain an entry-level position as a dental hygienist.
Goal #2: Patient Care
Provide appropriately supervised dental hygiene treatment of the highest quality.
- 2.1 Provide comprehensive patient-centered care throughout the clinical education programs as an integral component of the College's teaching and service missions.
- 2.2 Develop and implement a quality of care program based on measurable criteria that facilitate reliable and valid assessment.
- 2.3 Teach the necessity of professional ethics and responsibility in the delivery of patient care.
- 2.4 Teach the necessity of an awareness of diverse cultural or lifestyle differences, viewpoints and behaviors presented by patients and an understanding of geriatric and special needs populations.
Goal #3: Research and Scholarly Activity
Create a positive and rewarding academic environment that facilitates research and scholarly activity by both students and faculty.
- 3.1 Provide opportunities for the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in oral health science and dental hygiene education through research programs involving faculty and students.
- 3.2 Provide faculty with sufficient time and resources to engage in productive research and other scholarly activities.
- 3.3 Create a culture in which achievements in research and scholarly activity by both faculty and students are recognized and rewarded.
Goal #4: Community Service
Foster opportunities for involvement in service activities that are consistent with the dental hygienist's responsibility to promote oral health care as an integral component of the overall health and welfare of the community.
- 4.1 Identify new and strengthen existing relationships between the College's academic programs and the public.
- 4.2 Encourage student and faculty participation in and support of professional service organizations that promote the service mission of the College and the dental profession.
Goal #5: Faculty
Provide students with highly qualified faculty and provide faculty with an environment that facilitates personal and professional growth.
- 5.1Recruit and retain highly qualified faculty with the requisite education, knowledge, clinical skills, and motivation to facilitate student advancement of the College's didactic and clinical goals.
- 5.2 Incorporate ongoing curriculum development, review and revision.
- 5.3 Provide a total compensation package and an environment that are competitive with peer institutions.
- 5.4 Provide opportunities for faculty development.
Goal #6: Facilities
Provide a state-of-the-art educational environment.
- 6.1 Incorporate relevant innovations in information technology and management as an integral facet of the College's goals in the areas of teaching, patient care, research, and service.
- 6.2 Expose students to advanced dental technology and equipment to best prepare them for practice.
- 6.3 Initiate an ongoing program for facility maintenance and improvement.