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DHYG 1917

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Clinical Dental Hygiene III
Prerequisite(s) DHYG 1902 and DHYG 1915, each with a
Corequisite(s) DHYG 1906
Catalog Description
This course involves the application of ethical and professional reasoning while delivering the dental hygiene process of care to include supplemental patient services in a clinical setting.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Provide dental hygiene care to clinical patients.
  2. Provide dental hygiene care to patients with periodontal involvement.
  3. Produce accurate impressions using irreversible hydrocolloids.
  4. Produce accurate stone diagnostic models using dental gypsum products.
  5. Demonstrate safe laboratory procedures, including the use and care of dental lab equipment.
  6. Demonstrate the maintenance of a clean dental lab work environment during and following the manipulation of dental materials.
  7. Demonstrate basic principles of four handed dental assisting for instrument transfer and high vacuum suctioning.
  8. Demonstrate the proper handling and storage of dental materials according to their environmental and physical state.
  9. Demonstrate completion of the following procedures to stated laboratory competency: Dental Assisting for High Vacuum Suctioning Procedures
  10. Demonstrate completion of the following procedures to stated laboratory competency and will be continued to clinical competency in stated courses:
    1. Placement of Pit and Fissure Sealants (Clinical Dental Hygiene III)
    2. Polishing of Amalgam Restorations (Clinical Dental Hygiene IV)
    3. Producing Alginate Impressions (Clinical Dental Hygiene IV)
    4. Fabrication of Study Models (Clinical Dental Hygiene IV)
General Education Outcomes
  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications by requiring students to:
    1. Communicate professionally while using correct dental terminology.
    2. Read and following specific directions for manipulation of dental materials for successful outcomes.
    3. Communicate, verbally and non-verbally, between operator and assistant while dental assisting.
  2. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding problem-solving by:
    1. Presenting students with patient case scenarios for which they must propose and carry out treatment.
    2. Manipulating dental materials in a laboratory and clinical setting and evaluating the process and the final product.
  3. This course addresses the general education outcome of application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to synthesize actual data regarding:
    1. Aspects of patient information into patient treatment plans.
    2. Utilization of dental materials in laboratory activities and clinical settings.
Course Content
  1. Treatment of Clinical Patients
  2. Mini laboratory/clinics sessions for manipulation of dental materials and practice dental assisting procedures of instrument transfer and high vacuum suctioning. Students will continue specified learned procedures in Clinical Dental Hygiene IV and V.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The course grade consists of grades acquired from treatment of clinic patients and from evaluations completed within the mini-clinics.
  1. Each patient treated is checked by a faculty instructor. Results are divided into 35% technique and 65% end product. All patient grades are averaged for semester course grade.
  2. Within the mini sessions, specified procedures have process evaluations that receive individual grades. Some daily activities receive only feedback information. All process evaluations are averaged for the semester.
  3. There is no final exam.

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 functions 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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