Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Course Descriptions

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BIO151 Nutrition

3 credits – This course will introduce students to the science of nutrition. The course will examine individual nutrients; their structure and function in the human body; nutrient composition of food; and selection of food to meet nutrient needs, maintain health, and satisfaction. Students will understand and apply present day knowledge of nutrition to dietary patterns and needs of selected individuals and groups. The course is an advanced beginning course in human nutrition designed for students with a science background.

Lecture Hours: 48

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4 credits – The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 credits – The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination, and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

BIO185 Microbiology with lab

3 credits – This lecture-laboratory course emphasizes a survey of general topics needed by students entering careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring a background in microbiology. The course covers aspects of microbial function, nutrition and growth, metabolism, energy procurement, medical genetics, genetic engineering, control using physical and chemical agents, host-parasitic relationships as well as beneficial roles of microorganisms. Coordinated laboratory exercises enhance and support the lecture topics.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry

4 credits – An introductory course which assumes a minimal student background in mathematics and chemistry. The course is intended to serve students in allied health programs and any student desiring an application-oriented, less theoretical approach to chemistry. The course introduces students to the practical aspects and basic concepts of chemistry including measurements, dimensional analysis, matter, energy, atoms, elements, the Periodic Chart, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, an introduction to organic chemistry, chemical quantities, formulas, gases, chemical calculations, balancing equations, solutions, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, and equilibrium. Coordinated laboratory exercises are intended to emphasize topics covered in the lecture as well as stress basic laboratory techniques.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in MAT063 Elementary Algebra OR appropriate placement score.

CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

4 credits – This lecture-laboratory course is intended primarily to serve undergraduate health-related majors such as nursing and dental hygiene as well as the general studies students seeking an integrated background in organic and biological chemistry. Students will study topics applications from a clinical, human, or environmental perspective. Laboratory exercises are coordinated with the lecture topics.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry

DHY115 Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Hygienist

2 credits – This course familiarizes the student with the anatomy of the head and neck, oral structures. Knowledge of the anatomy of the head and neck and oral structures is an essential prerequisite of such courses as clinical dental hygiene.

Lecture Hours: 32

Other Requirements: Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DHY116 Tooth Morphology

1 credit – This course will teach the anatomy and structure of each individual tooth crown and root. Permanent and primary dentitions will be studied with emphasis on identification,numbering systems, function,and application of instrumentation skills to each tooth surface.

Lecture Hours: 16

Other Requirements: Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

Course Fee: $80.00

DHY121 Oral Histology and Embryology

2 credits – This course presents the anatomy of the tooth and its surrounding tissues on a microscopic level. The formation of the face before birth is studied and is followed by an examination of each part of the tooth and its surrounding structures during formation, eruption and function of both the primary and permanent dentitions.

Lecture Hours: 32

Other Requirements: Admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

DHY131 Pharmacology

2 credits – This course will provide the student with an academic background in the area of pharmacology with relation to the drugs used in the dental practice. The metric system, terminology, drugs and their specific reactions will be presented.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry and BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology

DHY141 General and Oral Pathology

3 credits – This lecture course addresses concepts of both General and Oral Pathology. General Pathology content provides information regarding human disease and reviews major diseases of the human body, discussed by system. Oral Pathology content emphasizes pathological conditions of the head, neck and oral structures and relates this information to the Dental Hygiene Model.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: DHY121 Oral Histology & Embryology

DHY162 Oral Radiology

2 credits – Oral Radiology teaches the basic techniques of exposure of common types of dental radiographs, film processing procedures, setup and care of the darkroom, science of the x-ray beam, and operation of standard and panoramic x-ray equipment. Lifelike manikins for student practice are utilized and emphasis is placed on radiation safety procedures for both patient and operator.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 48

Other Requirements: Admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Course Fee: $535.00

DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene

6 credits – This course serves as a foundation to Clinical Dental Hygiene II, III, and IV. The student will learn the skills of dental hygiene practice and client management through simulated clinical situations as well as in lecture/discussion sessions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 96

Other Requirements: Admission to the dental hygiene program.

Course Fee: $2,075.00

DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II

3 credits – This course is the first of three in a sequence that provides clinical experience. The student applies the Dental Hygiene Process of Care while working with actual clinic clients. The emphasis of this course is to achieve competency in basic assessment and preventative dental hygiene treatment skills.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 144

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene
A minimum grade of 'C' in DHY162 Oral Radiology

Co-requisites: DHY188 Clinical D H II Seminar

Course Fee: $235.00

DHY188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar

1 credit – Dental Hygiene Practicum II complements Clinical Dental Hygiene II by supplying the theory behind the Dental Hygiene Process of Care. This course also introduces the theory behind basic procedures needed to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care.

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY162 Oral Radiology and DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene.

Co-requisites: DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II

DHY210 Introduction to Periodontology

1 credit – This course will provide first year students the basic concepts and fundamentals of periodontal health and disease. The student will be able to relate this knowledge to the clinical setting.

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY121 Oral Histology & Embryology.

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY141 General and Oral Pathology.

DHY211 Periodontology

2 credits – An in-depth study of the healthy and diseased periodontium is covered in this course. The student will be able to relate this knowledge to the clinical setting.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: DHY141 General and Oral Pathology BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology

DHY222 Biomaterials for the Dental Hygienist

3 credits – This course introduces the dental hygiene student to the materials commonly employed in the practice of dentistry and, in particular, to those materials utilized by the dental hygienist. Through lecture sessions the makeup and properties of the various materials such as plaster and stone, impression material, amalgam, and cements are presented as well as their relationship to one another. Through laboratory experience the student learns techniques in preparation, mixing, handling, and storage of these materials.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry

DHY240 Ethics and Jurisprudence

1 credit – This course presents background on the theory, philosophy, and ethics for dental hygiene and the profession. Legal aspects of practice are presented as well as aspects of entry into practice and job seeking skills.

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene

DHY254 Community Oral Health I

2 credits – The purpose of this two-course series is to provide the student with a background in the development and functions of federal, state, and local health systems and to prepare the student to participate in community health activities.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: DHY185 Clinical Dental Hygiene II, DHY260 Oral Health Education, SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

DHY255 Community Oral Health II

2 credits – This is a continuation of DHY254 Community Oral Health I.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 0

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of c in DHY254 Community Oral Health I.

DHY260 Oral Health Education

2 credits – This course provides the fundamental concepts of growth and development and an in depth analysis of the components of the learning principles. The student will have the opportunity to explore the collaborative model for effective communication between the client and the clinician. The course will also place emphasis on the case based study of clients with special needs.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: DHY175 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene

DHY271 Pain Control

2 credits – This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary for the student to perform pain control techniques competently. The course will discuss both the content needed to perform local anesthesia and to perform nitrous oxide/oxygen administration and monitoring.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: DHY113 Dental Hygiene Anatomical Sciences, DHY185 Clinical Dental Hygiene II

DHY272 Interdisciplinary Health Care

2 credits – This course will use specialists in the varied health fields to make the student aware of the interrelationships between these specialties and dental hygiene. Additionally, the course promotes an understanding of the potential dental hygiene practice settings through observations made in rotation in the community.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY254 Community Oral Health I and DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III.

DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III

4 credits – This course enables the students to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to meet the total oral health needs of each client, including referrals for treatment. Students will progressively increase their clinical abilities toward levels of proficiency required for entry level as measured by fulfillment of the clinic competencies for the semester.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 192

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II and DHY188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar.

Co-requisites: DHY211 Periodontology and DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar

DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar

2 credits – This course will introduce adjunctive dental hygiene procedures/techniques and disease control theory along with research methodology. The course also expands on instrumentation techniques, case-based problem solving and radiographic interpretation.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY187 Clinical Dental Hygiene II and DHY188 Clinical Dental Hygiene II Seminar.

Co-requisites: DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III and DHY271 Pain Control

DHY307 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

4 credits – This course is the final preparation for the students in clinical practice. When the course is completed, the student will have the proficiency and skill to maintain the ideals of the dental hygiene profession.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 192

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY271 Pain Control, DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III, and DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar .

Course Fee: $1,765.00

DHY308 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV Seminar

1 credit – This course is intended to incorporate lecture and clinical practicum time. It will allow for more demonstration, mentoring, remediation, critiques and methodology for the students as they prepare for dental hygiene licensure.

Lecture Hours: 16

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in DHY271 Pain Control, DHY297 Clinical Dental Hygiene III, and DHY298 Clinical Dental Hygiene III Seminar.

Co-requisites: DHY307 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

Course Fee: $2,465.00

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences

2 credits – This course presents the foundation necessary to develop a basic medical terminology vocabulary. Emphasis on the components of terms as related to each body system will be provided. The course further provides the student with the opportunity to properly spell, pronounce, and utilize medical terms. The utilization of a medical dictionary will also be a focus.

Lecture Hours: 32

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

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David Reff
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Candace Croft
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319-296-4432
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