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Dental Hygiene

DEH 1000   INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Corequisites: DES 1020/1020L. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the role of a dental hygienist and provide the background information and knowledge necessary to function in subsequent clinical dental hygiene courses. 32 contact hours.

DEH 1003   DENTAL HYGIENE I

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: DEH 1000 and DES 1020/1020L with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DEH 1003L. This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the basic principles of instrumentation, instrument design, and fundamental skills necessary to perform in subsequent clinical dental hygiene courses. 32 contact hours.

DEH 1003L   DENTAL HYGIENE I CLINIC

credits: 4  
Prerequisites: DEH 1000 and DES 1020/1020L with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DEH 1003. This course is designed to apply the basic principles of instrumentation, instrument design, and fundamental dental hygiene skills in a clinical setting; the method of instruction is competency-based and individually guided. Two four-hour clinics weekly. 120 contact hours.

DEH 1130   ORAL HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY

credits: 2  

Prerequisites: BSC 2086/2086L and DES 1020/1020L, each with a minimum grade of “C.” This course is a comprehensive study of the specific tissues and cells comprising the anatomical parts of the oral cavity and an investigation of the embryonic development of these tissues and related facial and oral structures. 32 contact hours.

DEH 1710   BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY AND APPLIED NUTRITION

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: BSC 2086/2086L with grades of “C” or better. This course presents the biochemical aspects of nutrition and an overview of organic chemistry as applied to the practice of dental hygiene. Included are basic principles of nutrition, knowledge of the principle nutrients in foods and their utilization by the body. Emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of nutritional counseling and the control of oral disease. 32 contact hours.

DEH 1720   PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: DEH 1000 with a grade of “C” or better. This course is designed for the dental hygiene student to develop knowledge of oral physiotherapy aids and methods for health promotion and disease prevention. 16 contact hours.

DEH 1800   DENTAL HYGIENE II

credits: 2  

Prerequisites: DEH 1000 and DEH 1003/1003L with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DEH 1800L. This course is designed to further the student's knowledge of dental hygiene practice including ultrasonic instrumentation, theory and technique of instrument sharpening, dental hygiene care planning, dental charting, and patients with special needs. 32 contact hours

DEH 1800L   DENTAL HYGIENE II CLINIC

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: DEH 1003/1003L with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DEH 1800. This course will provide clinical experience in total patient care. Emphasis will be placed on instrumentation, radiographic techniques, patient education, and treatment planning. 180 contact hours.

DEH 2300   DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: DEH 1800 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will provide students the basic concepts in general pharmacology including drug classifications, interactions, indications and contraindications. A survey of drugs commonly encountered in the dental office with a special emphasis given to drug actions affecting dental treatment procedures. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2400   GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: DES 1020/1020L with grades of “C” or better. This course provides principles of general pathology in relationship to the diseases of the teeth, soft tissues, supporting structures of the oral cavity, and peri-oral tissues. The importance of recognition of normal and abnormal conditions in the head and neck by the dental hygienist is emphasized. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2602   PERIODONTICS I

credits: 2  

Prerequisites: MCB 2010, MCB 2010L, DEH 1130, DES 1020 and DES 1020L, all with a grade of “C” or better. Corequisites: DEH 1800, DEH 1800L, MCB 2010 and MCB 2010L. This course is a comprehensive study of the etiology, assessment, classification, and treatment of periodontal diseases, and the maintenance of the periodontal patient. The dental hygienist’s role in the assessment and treatment modalities will be emphasized. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2604   PERIODONTICS II

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: DEH 2602 with a grade of “C” or better. This course will encompass the study of periodontal risk factors, assessments, therapies, and the dental hygienist’s role in risk assessment and treatments. The utilization of case studies and research in discussing evidence-based care planning will be presented. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2701   COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: DEH 2802L with a grade of "C" or better. This course is an introduction to the study of attitudes, skills, and behaviors pertinent to dental health and the prevention of dental disease through organized community-based programs. Students will be responsible for developing a preventive oral health program using assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation procedure and will be able to critique research articles and understand all aspects of dental public health. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2702C   COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH PRACTICUM

credits: 1  

Prerequisite: DEH 2701 with a minimum passing grade of “C” or Corequisite: DEH 2701 with instructor or program director approval. This practicum provides the student with the opportunity to apply the principles of public and community dental health. The student will assess, plan, implement and evaluate community based oral health programs, which will
include health promotion and disease prevention activities. 32 contact hours.

Course Topics:
Local Pract Spring
This practicum in community health will be completed locally.
Learn Abroad Fall
This practicum in community health will be completed internationally as Learning Abroad in Jamaica.

DEH 2802   DENTAL HYGIENE III

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: DEH 1800/1800L with grades of "C" or better. This course is designed to expand students' knowledge of dental hygiene practice including special needs patients, expanding functions and various adjunctive services. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2802L   DENTAL HYGIENE III CLINIC

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: DEH 1800 and DEH1800L, both with a grade of "C" or better. This course will provide ongoing clinical experience in total patient care. Instrumentation, radiographic skills, patient education and treatment planning will again be emphasized. 135 contact hours.

DEH 2804L   DENTAL HYGIENE IV CLINIC

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: DEH 2802L with a grade of "C" or better. This course will provide ongoing experience in total patient care. Treatment parameters will be increased to include expanded functions as well as patients with special needs.180 contact hours.

DEH 2806L   DENTAL HYGIENE V CLINIC

credits: 5  

Prerequisite: DEH 2804L with a grade of "C" or better. This course will enable the student to incorporate all the techniques and modes of treatment previously acquired. Emphasis will be placed on continuity of quality patient care , time efficiency and professional decision making in rendering dental hygiene services. 210 contact hours 

DEH 2812   DENTAL HYGIENE IV

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: DEH 2802 with a grade of "C" or better and Corequisite: DEH 2806L. This course is designed to provide knowledge of professional ethics and legal responsibilities, professional organizations, state dental practice acts and continuing education regulations and requirements. Dental office management will be introduced to provide dental hygiene students with the business and professional skills necessary to practice in an office and/or alternate practice setting. 32 contact hours.

DEH 2930   DENTAL HYGIENE TOPICS

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: DEH 2804L or program director’s approval. This course will review the content and topics for state and national licensure for dental hygiene. 32 contact hours.

DEH 3730   DENTAL HYGIENE EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS

credits: 3  

Pre- or corequisite: DEH 3813 and admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program or permission of the Dean. This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to educational concepts and theory relative to dental hygiene education. Topics included are course development and design, goals and objectives, laboratory and clinical instruction, principles of learning, learning styles and motivation, case-based learning, and using educational media and software. Emphasis will be on presenting the basic concepts of educational planning, development and evaluation. 47 contact hours.

DEH 3813   CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN DENTAL HYGIENE

credits: 4  
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program or permission of the Dean. This course is designed to update the student with the changing trends in the dental hygiene profession. The role of the dental hygienist is to keep up with new systems in health care delivery, changing technology, increased geriatric population and a more informed public. Through this course and group projects, the student will begin developing skills in research and educational presentation. 64 contact hours or equivalent.

DEH 3814   INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE RESEARCH

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: DEH 3813. This course is an overview of the role and scope of research as it relates to the formation of dental hygiene knowledge and the application to dental hygiene practice. Focus is on basic strategies, methodologies, and the types of research design. Thoughtful analysis of current oral health research is included. 62 contact hours or equivalent.

DEH 4607   ADVANCED PERIODONTICS

credits: 4  
Prerequisite: DEH 3814 and admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program or permission of the Dean. This course will expand on the student’s existing knowledge of current concepts in etiology, risk factors, assessment, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation of contemporary treatment modalities and maintenance therapy. The interrelationship of periodontal treatment with other dental specialties will be discussed along with an investigation of the periodontal literature. Emphasis will be placed on the dental hygienist’s role in periodontal therapy. 60 contact hours or equivalent.

DEH 4851   DENTAL HYGIENE PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: DEH 3814 and admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program. This course is designed to assist the dental hygienist in understanding and applying the principles of management related to a dental hygiene practice. The concepts of patient, office and dental team management will be explored. Strategies will be presented on the marketing and promoting of dental services and dental products to dental professionals and the general public. 47 contact hours or equivalent.

DEH 4852   ADVANCED ETHICS IN DENTAL HYGIENE

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: DEH 3730 and admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program or permission of the Dean. This course will explore the ethical behavior in various dental hygiene settings. Students will analyze decision making models, theories, values, and professional obligations and apply them to their roles as health care providers. 45 contact hours or equivalent.

DEH 4854   LEADERSHIP IN DENTAL HYGIENE

credits: 3  

Prerequisites or co-requisite: DEH 4851 and admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program. This course focuses on the theories, concepts and principles of leadership. Emphasis will be on the development of leadership skills related to personal behavior, communication, organization and self-examination. This course explores opportunity to develop leadership roles appropriate to the dental hygiene profession. 45 contact hours or equivalent.

DEH 4901   INDEPENDENT STUDY IN DENTAL HYGIENE

credits: 1-3  

Prerequisites: Permission of the Dean. This course may be taken to satisfy dental hygiene credits required for graduation. It provides an opportunity for an individual or small group of students to systematically validate the programs outcomes. In addition, current concepts in dental hygiene care will be discussed. It may involve a case study or other project that provides an opportunity for increasing breadth or depth of knowledge or skill. 15-45 contact hours.

DEH 4947   DENTAL HYGIENE CAPSTONE

credits: 7  

Prerequisites: DEH 4607 and DEH 4851 and HSC 3201 and admission to the Dental Hygiene BAS program or permission of the Dean. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to apply their knowledge of a chosen professional role through teaching, internship, observation or work experience. This course will use selected sites on and off campus to develop the expanding role of the dental hygienist in the health care system. 105 or its equivalent contact hours or equivalent.

DES 1020   OROFACIAL ANATOMY

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Corequisite: DES 1020L. This course is the study of skeletal, oral, muscular, circulatory, nervous and glandular structures of the head, neck and oral cavity. Also included is the study of macroscopic anatomy and morphology of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. 32 contact hours.

DES 1020L   OROFACIAL ANATOMY LABORATORY

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program. Corequisite: DES 1020. This course is designed to enable students to identify and reproduce the teeth and orofacial structures, including morphology of hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity, head and neck, and their surrounding structures. Experience with clinical examination of these structures is also included. 45 contact hours.

DES 1200   DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: DES 1020/1020L with grades of "C" or better . Corequisite: DES 1200L. This course provides the fundamental background and theory for the safe and effective use of x-radiation as it relates to dentistry. It encompasses the history of x-rays, production and uses of radiation, dental radiographic film, exposure factors, interpretation of dental radiographs, and radiation hygiene. 32 contact hours.

DES 1200L   DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY LABORATORY

credits: 1  

Prerequisites: DES 1020/1020L and DEH 1000 with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DES 1200. In this laboratory course, emphasis is placed on proficiency in exposing diagnostically acceptable dental radiographs. Laboratory sessions provide experience in the use of x-ray machines, various exposure projections and techniques, processing, mounting, interpreting and critiquing dental radiographs. 45 contact hours.

DES 1601   EMERGENCIES IN DENTAL HYGIENE

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene program. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of basic dental medical emergencies. Special emphasis will be placed on etiology, sign, treatment and prevention of emergencies in the dental hygiene environment. 16 contact hours.

DES 2100   DENTAL MATERIALS

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: DEH 1003/1003L with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DES 2100L. This course is a study of the chemical, physical and biological properties of materials used in dentistry, as well as, their manipulation and utilization. 32 contact hours.

DES 2100L   DENTAL MATERIALS LABORATORY

credits: 1  
Prerequisites: DEH 1003/1003L with grades of "C" or better. Corequisite: DES 2100. This course is a practical, hands-on approach to dental materials to enhance the students' understanding of the physical and chemical properties of the materials. 45 contact hours.

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