Academics

DHYGN 100 INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE

0.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to introduce students to the dental hygiene profession and the role of the dental hygienist as a member of a team of health care providers who engage people in a compassionate manner to educate them on the value of obtaining and maintaining excellent dental hygiene practices. Basic responsibilities of the dental hygienist such as patient interaction and procedures, basic aseptic techniques, basic radiology procedures, and basic instrumentation skills will be demonstrated and practiced.


DHYGN 110 DENTAL HEAD, NECK, AND ORAL ANATOMY

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the anatomy of the head and neck with emphasis upon the maxilla and mandible. In addition, a study of the anatomy of the primary and permanent teeth and their supportive structure is undertaken.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


DHYGN 111 DENTAL EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a basic introduction to embryology and histology followed by in-depth study of oral and facial development and dental histology.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 113, 117, 131, 132, and BIOL 210, all with a grade of C or better, or department approval.


DHYGN 113 INFECTION CONTROL FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST

0.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will introduce students to the prevention of disease transmission in dentistry, dental equipment and maintenance, operator and patient positioning, diagnostic dental instruments, and dental charting. Student partners are used in the laboratory sessions.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


DHYGN 117 DENTAL SPECIALTIES

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an overview of selected specialty areas in dentistry. Material relevant to informing patients of treatment options will be emphasized. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better and departmental approval


DHYGN 131 DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY FOR CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will introduce students to the study of dental deposits and their etiology in dental diseases, personal control of dental disease, periodontal charting, and the discussion of ancillary procedures, such as power-driven scalers and polishers, generalized patient assessment, appointment sequencing, and post-operative instruction.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of C or better, or department approval.


DHYGN 133 PRECLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a continuation of instrumentation skills necessary for oral prophylaxis, aseptic procedures, and dental equipment care and maintenance. Student partners, mannequins, and selected patients are used in the laboratory to demonstrate instrumentation techniques.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 113, 117,131,132, and BIOL 210, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 135 DENTAL RADIOLOGY

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a comprehensive study of dental radiation physics, radiation hygiene practices, factors affecting radiographic quality, theory and practice of intraoral and panoramic radiographic techniques, interpretation of normal landmarks, abnormal conditions, and patient education. Laboratory practice on a teaching mannequin is followed by experience with selected patients.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 113, 115, and 117, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 137 MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of recognition, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of medical emergency situations that may occur in dental office settings.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 113, 115, and 117, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 139 SPECIAL POPULATIONS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
Discussion in this course will focus on the signs and symptoms, as well as in office and home care modifications that are associated with special needs patients, gerodontic, and pediatric patients.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 113, 115, and 117, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 210 COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the dental hygienist's role in the promotion of oral health and prevention of oral disease in the community. The student will participate in community programs related to preventative dentistry.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 212, 220, 222, 230, and 243, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 212 DENTAL MATERIALS

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the various materials utilized by general dentists. Manipulation of the various dental materials is done in the laboratory. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 111, 131, 133, 135, 137, and 139, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 222 PREVENTIVE MODALITIES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills dental hygienists need to utilize selective preventive materials, and to understand and implement nutritional assessment as it relates to oral health. Student partners are used in the laboratory sessions.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 111, 131, 133, 135, 137, 139, and FCS 110, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 226 LOCAL ANESTHETICS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an introduction to anxiety and pain control measures used in dental hygiene treatments and administration techniques for topical and injected anesthetics. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 212, 220, 222, 230, and 243, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 228 NEW DIMENSIONS IN DENTAL HYGIENE

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the emerging trends in dental hygiene. The students will acquire knowledge and perform skills associated with new technology in the field of dentistry and dental hygiene. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 212, 220, 222, 230, and 243, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 230 DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC I

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a continued study of clinical dental hygiene, including: scaling, polishing, radiographic surveys, desensitization, oral inspection, charting, health histories, health education, and appointment planning. Planned and supervised clinical experiences are arranged in the dental hygiene clinic.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 111, 131, 133, 135, 137, and 139, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 231 DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC II

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a continuation of DHYGN 230 with emphasis on root planning, topical medical application, preparation of study casts, periodontal charting and the use of ultrasonic scalers. Planned and supervised clinical experiences are arranged in the dental hygiene clinic and outside agencies.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 212, 220, 222, 230, and 243, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 232 DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC III

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a continuation of DHYGN 231 with emphasis on increasing clinical competency and efficiency in those procedures the dental hygienist routinely performs in clinical practice. Students complete a case patient presentation which incorporates treatment planning, dietary analysis, counseling, caries susceptibility testing, and oral hygiene indices in addition to the oral prophylaxis. Planned and supervised clinical experiences are arranged in the dental hygiene clinic and outside agencies.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 210, 226, 228, 231, 244, and 245, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 243 ORAL PATHOLOGY

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers the clinical and microscopic features of numerous types of oral diseases as well as their diagnosis and treatment.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 110, 113, 117, 131, 132, and BIOL 210, all with a grade of C or better, or department approval


DHYGN 244 PERIODONTOLOGY

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a study of the disease processes affecting the supporting structures of the teeth. Emphasis is placed on the classification and etiology of periodontal disease. Discussions, correlated to clinical aspects of dental hygiene, stressing preventive periodontics, are held.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 212, 220, 222, 230, 243 and BIOL 210, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 246 TRANSITIONS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course examines the various issues that are faced by dental hygienists when making the transition from school to the workplace. This course will prepare the student by examining the legal and ethical issues facing dental professionals today. This course will focus on the various aspects of obtaining a license and seeking employment.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 210, 226, 228, 231, 244, and 245, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 248 PHARMACOLOGY I FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This is a course of study of the pharmaceutical agents commonly used by patients whose systemic or oral conditions require special procedures in the dental office. Content includes pharmaceutical and therapeutic agents used as adjuncts in dental or dental hygiene procedures. Drug interactions and risk factors are discussed. Pharmacology I will concentrate on general principles of pharmacology and drugs used in the provision of oral health care.

Pre-requisite: DHYGN 212, DHYGN 220, DHYGN 222, DHYGN 230 and DHYGN 243, all with a grade of "C" or better


DHYGN 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

Pre-requisite: Department approval