GPC Common Course Outlines Return to all courses

DHYG 1905

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at
Credit Hours 2
Course Title Dental Hygiene II: Special Needs Patient Care
Prerequisite(s) DHYG 1901 and DHYG 1911with a
Corequisite(s) DHYG 1904 and DHYG 1915
Catalog Description
This course is a continuation of the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist with focus on special needs populations.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss and demonstrate self-care techniques that incorporate necessary modifications based on clients’ knowledge and ability, values, beliefs, wants and needs.
  2. Discuss the etiology, prevalence, drugs, and/or therapies commonly used in the management of patients presenting with complex medical conditions, physical disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities.
  3. Describe and demonstrate ways in which dental care may be modified in order to provide treatment for patients with special needs, including those with complex medical conditions, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities.
  4. Discuss the dental professional’s role and responsibilities in identifying and reporting suspected cases of abuse or neglect.
  5. Determine priorities and establish oral health goals for special needs patient care.
  6. Critically analyze research reports and apply to the practice of dental hygiene.
General Education Outcomes
  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications by requiring students to communicate professionally while using correct terminology.
  2. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding problem-solving and critical thinking skills by students with patient case scenarios for which they must propose solutions. Students will be required to determine the patient’s problem (s) and translate these into its diagnosis and corrective dental hygiene actions.
  3. This course addresses the general education outcome of application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to synthesize hypothetical data regarding aspects of patient information into significant patient treatment data.
  4. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding basic concepts of wellness by encouraging students to grasp the wellness concepts which are promoted to their patients.
  5. Applies the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development in a culturally diverse environment
Course Content
  • AIDS, HIV Infection, and related conditions
  • Allergy
  • Rheumatologic and Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Organ and Bone Marrow Transplants
  • Hematologic disease (RBC/WBC Disorders)
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Neurological and Behavioral Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Life Stage Changes (Pedo, Adolescent, Adult, Older Adults)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Endocrine Conditions
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Pulmonary Conditions
  • Genitourinary Conditions
  • Evaluation and Risk Assessment
  • AutoImmune Disorders
  • Geriatrics
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Article Critiques 10%
B. Quizzes/Case Study Presentation 10%
C. Research D. Midterm Examination 30%
E. Final Examination 30%

The dental hygiene department maintains full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; additionally by reporting students' pass rates for state/regional/national licensing exams, the department will be able to assess the effectiveness of this course as well as the whole curriculum.

The faculty function as the curriculum committee, along with science department faculty, and, as necessary, faculty from other departments are used to assist in periodic reviews of the curriculum. The department also articulates with a Department Advisory Committee, composed of members from the practicing dental and dental hygiene community, to maintain a current picture of the needs of current graduates/practitioners.

Last Revised: Aug. 15, 2011
Return to all courses