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Dental Hygiene (DHYG)

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JumpLink3230. Clinical Seminar II. 2. This course is a continuation of the Clinical Seminar Series. Course content will focus on the review and enhancement of instrumentation skills; the essentials of instrument selection; the role of root planing in dental hygiene; the development and refinement of skills needed for treatment of more advanced periodontal cases, which includes the initiation of a periodontal case study; and the introduction and preparation for the use of state-of-the-art clinical technologies. Prerequisite: DHYG 2420. (Normally offered fall semester)

3250. Clinical Seminar III. 2. This course prepares the dental hygiene student to make the transition from an educational setting to private practice. Focus is on applying, synthesizing, and transferring clinical and didactic knowledge to clinical and ethical decision-making. Students will be engaged in problem-based case studies, application of motivational theories, and analysis of evidence-based research. Prerequisite: DHYG 3230, 3300 and 3350 or concurrent enrollment. (Normally offered spring semester)

3300. Clinical Dental Hygiene II. 5. This course provides students the opportunity to gain further practical experience in dental hygiene procedures by providing comprehensive patient care in clinical settings. A flexible format allows students to meet requirements in procedures for patient record-keeping, patient education, dental prophylaxis, dental radiography and routine clinical procedures. Prerequisite: DHYG 2350. (Normally offered fall semester)

3350. Clinical Dental Hygiene III. 5. This course assists students in gaining practical experience in clinical procedures requiring greater skill and knowledge than procedures previously undertaken. This course prepares students for the transition to private office practice. Prerequisite: DHYG 3300. (Normally offered spring semester)

3400. General and Oral Pathology. 3. This course is designed to teach students the concepts underlying general and oral manifestations of human disease states, manifestations of specific diseases, relationships to body defense mechanisms, and potential implications for medical and dental hygiene treatment. To the extent possible, applications to clinical situations in dental hygiene practice will be made. Prerequisite: one year predental hygiene (including general pathology); MOLB 2021 or equivalent. (Normally offered fall semester)

3550. Community Dental Health. 3. This course provides the dental hygiene student with an introduction to basic skills needed to evaluate the dental health community, including research methodology and basic statistical analysis. It provides the student with a basic understanding of the significant social, political, psychological and economic factors influencing the American Health System. Prerequisite: DHYG 2100. (Normally offered spring semester)

3600. Ethics and Law in Dental Hygiene. 2. This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in the analysis of ethical theories, principles, values, the professional code of ethics, and legal aspects associated with the dental hygiene healthcare profession. Contemporary issues are examined in dentistry and medicine as a strategy to explore and apply ethical principles in diverse cultures and situations. Prerequisite: successfully complete all first-year dental hygiene courses.

3720. Office Practice. 2. This course is designed to provide the dental hygiene student with both current information and experience in office practice and management. Also included are discussions of professionalism, decision-making and leadership roles, including legal and ethical responsibilities, team responsibilities in the dental office and discussion of selecting, securing and maintaining employment. Prerequisite: DHYG 2300, 2350, 3300 and a communications course. (Normally offered spring semester)

3750. Periodontology. 3. This course reviews the anatomy and histology of periodontal structures and dental accretions followed by a study of the classifications and etiology of periodontal diseases including both local and systemic factors. A thorough exploration of the hygienist's role in disease recognition, prevention, therapeutic procedures and maintenance is also included. (Normally offered fall semester)

3770. Pain Management. 2. This course provides clinical experience with local anesthesia and inhalation sedation techniques. It includes the detection of anatomic landmarks in the mouth pertaining to specific injection sites, preparation of the armamentarium, maintenance of asepsis, simulated and real injection of anesthetic agents at predetermined sites and administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen. Prerequisite: successful enrollment in dental hygiene major or consent of instructor. (Normally offered fall semester)

3775. Pain Management Lab. 1. Taken concurrently with DHYG 3770 Pain Management. This course provides clinical experience with local anesthesia and inhalation sedation techniques. It includes the detection of anatomic landmarks in the mouth pertaining to specific injection sites, preparation of the armamentarium, maintenance of asepsis, simulated and real injection of anesthetic agents at predetermined sites and administration of nitrous oxide/oxygen. Prerequisite: successful completion of sophomore year course work in dental hygiene, current certifications in CPR, and curriculum enrollment in dental hygiene major or consent of instructor. (Normally offered fall semester)

3800. Board Review. 1. This course is designed to assist dental hygiene students in preparing for the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam, the western and central regional clinical and anesthesia board exams, and state jurisprudence exams. These exams are required for licensure to practice dental hygiene in the United States.  This course includes discussion of the distinction between various agencies in the education, healthcare and legal system which have jurisdiction over the licensure process, and the impact of cheating during any portion of the process on the public welfare. Prerequisite: DHYG 3300.

JumpLink4850. Education Practicum in Dental Hygiene. 6. Allows students to experience both clinical and didactic elements of dental hygiene teaching. Prerequisite: completion of dental hygiene didactics, all requirements of program. Only available by permission of instructor. For students wishing to teach in dental hygiene programs.


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