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Credit Hours 2
Course Title Oral Pathology
Prerequisite(s) DHYG 1901 and DHYG 1911, each with a “C” or better; BIOL 1913 and BIOL 1913L
Corequisite(s) DHYG 1904 and DHYG 1915
Catalog Description
This course is a study of the principles of general and oral pathology in relationship to the manifestation of diseases in the oral cavity, to include the teeth, soft tissues, and supporting structures with emphasis on the role of the dental hygienist and early detection.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define the role of the auxiliary in the evaluation and treatment of oral disease.
  2. List the procedures necessary for the correct diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
  3. Discuss the steps of the diagnostic process.
  4. Assess when and if referral for oral disease is warranted.
  5. Know and use the terminology of pathology used to describe oral and general diseases with dental and other health care professionals as well as the patient.
  6. Discuss the causes of cell injury and the alterations seen as a response.
  7. Discuss the events of the inflammatory process, acute and chronic.
  8. List the types of white blood cells that participate in the inflammatory process.
  9. Discuss regeneration, repair, and wound healing.
  10. Define and describe normal manifestations mistaken for pathology of the oral cavity.
  11. Describe fully (clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance, histologic features, etiology, prognosis, and treatment) and differentiate specific pathoses associated with the head and neck:
    1. Inflammation and Repair
    2. Pulp and Periapical Disease
    3. Immune Responses
    4. Infectious Diseases: bacterial, viral, and mycotic infections
    5. Developmental disturbances
    6. Genetic Disturbances
    7. Disturbances of Cell Growth and Neoplasias
    8. Systemic Conditions: dermal, endocrine, neurologic, bone, nutritional, and blood disorders
    9. TMJ disorders.
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
None Specified

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The final course grade will be established by the course instructor and will involve a various evaluation methods, and will include a final examination. Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the course syllabus.

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. 16, 2011
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