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Fundamentals Dental Hygiene
DH  0101 3.00 Credit Hours
An introduction to the Dental Hygiene Process of Care with an emphasis on professionalism, infection control, and patient assessment processes. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220, and DH 225.
Fund of Dental Hygiene - Lab
DH  0103 2.00 Credit Hours
Provides clinical application to the Dental Hygiene Process of Care. The primary emphasis is on professionalism, infection control, patient assessment processes and basic instrumentation skills. The dental hygiene student will have an opportunity to practice these techniques on mannequins and student partners in the laboratory setting. Two 3-hour labs per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 101, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220 and DH 225.
Fundamentals Instrumentation
DH  0105 2.00 Credit Hours
Provides clinical application of instrumentation theory and skills to provide comprehensive patient care. The dental hygiene student will have an opportunity to practice instrumentation techniques on mannequins and student partners in the laboratory setting. This course will culminate with a patient experience appointment. Two 3-hour labs per week. Prerequisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220 and DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 120, DH 160, DH 165, DH 310, and DH 350.
Dental Hygiene Concepts
DH  0120 2.00 Credit Hours
A continuation of DH 0101 with further enrichment of skills necessary to perform preventive oral health services. The course presents theory for the development of the dental hygiene diagnosis, patient care planning including implementation of dental hygiene treatment. The course emphasizes oral health promotion necessary for successful patient treatment including communication of patient needs, oral hygiene education instruction, and patient motivation. Instruction is provided toward complete patient care from medical history review, management of patients with special needs and diverse backgrounds. Theories and principles are applied in clinical laboratory setting. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220, and DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 105, DH 160, DH 165, DH 310, and DH 350.
Dental Morphology
DH  0140 1.00 Credit Hours
Detailed study of the morphology of deciduous and permanent teeth in relation to fossal cusps grooves, ridges, roots and the relationship of form and function. Occlusion and malocclusion are studied according to their relationship to dental health. A self-instructional program supplemented by one hour of lecture per week. Practical aspects of this course will be covered in DH 103. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220, and DH 225.
Oral Histology and Embryology
DH  0150 3.00 Credit Hours
Study of the gross and microscopic development of the teeth, supportive structures of the teeth and embryology and anatomy of head and neck region. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 180, DH 220, DH 225.
Dental Radiology
DH  0160 3.00 Credit Hours
Theory and principles of radiation physics, radiation biology, health and safety, quality assurance and infection control protocol for dental radiography. Basic interpretation of radiographic findings, recognition, and identification of normal anatomical radiographic landmarks. Methods for exposing, mounting, and care of dental radiographs. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220, and DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 105, DH 120, DH 165, DH 310 and DH 350.
Dental Radiology Lab
DH  0165 1.00 Credit Hours
Application of the fundamentals of oral radiographic techniques utilizing radiation safety and infection control protocols in addition to basic interpretation of radiographs. Includes practical experience exposing dental radiographs, use of current patient selection criteria, electronic documentation procedures, and ancillary radiographic techniques. In addition, basic interpretation of dental radiographs will include the recognition of technique errors and the identification of normal anatomical radiographic landmarks and common abnormalities. Two hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220 and DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 105, DH 120, DH 160, DH 310 and DH 350.
Medical Emergencies
DH  0180 1.00 Credit Hours
Medical Emergencies includes instruction in the recognition, prevention and management of medical emergencies common in the dental office. One lecture hour per week. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 220, and DH 225.
Clinical Dental Hygiene I
DH  0190 4.00 Credit Hours
Introduction to clinical practice of dental hygiene. Experience in providing patient services through performing oral prophylaxis, periodontal assessment, exposing and processing radiographs, presenting patient education, preventive applications, and charting the oral cavity. Two 8-hour labs per week, 8 hours of lab will be used for clinical application of DH 210. Prerequisites: DH 105, DH 120, DH 160, DH 165, DH 310 and DH 350 with minimum a grade of 'C' or higher and CPR Certification Course. Co-requisite: DH 210.
Pain Management
DH  0210 2.00 Credit Hours
Designed to prepare the dental hygiene student with the necessary theory to appropriately carry out treatment plans and successfully administer topical anesthesia, local infiltration anesthesia, block anesthesia, and/or nitrous oxide analgesia to increase patient comfort and control pain when providing dental hygiene services. This course includes both lecture and lab components. Prerequisite: DH 105, DH 120, DH 160, DH 165, DH 310, DH 350, DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisite: DH 0190.
Dental Materials
DH  0220 1.00 Credit Hours
This lecture course is designed to provide information about the physical and chemical properties of biomaterials and the application and manipulation of these materials used in preventive dentistry. Lecture information will cover identification, recognition and charting of dental restorations. This will be enhanced by utilizing dental radiographs and intra-oral photographs. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180 and DH 225.
Dental Materials Lab
DH  0225 1.00 Credit Hours
This course provides clinical manipulation and application of the dental materials discussed in DH 220. Students will learn to take alginate impressions, produce plaster study models and manipulate other bio-materials within the scope of preventative and restorative dentistry. Dental charting and identification of restorations will be enhanced in preparation for the clinical setting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene program. Co-requisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, and DH 220.
Clinical Dental Hygiene II
DH  0290 4.00 Credit Hours
Continuation of DH 190 with added responsibilities as skills develop. Multi-cultural experience is gained through rotations in extended campus facilities. Sixteen (16) hours of clinical lab per week (one hour per week MAY be used for content and organizational review). Prerequisites: DH 190 and DH 210 with a minimum grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, DH 320 and DH 340.
Seminar in Dental Hygiene I
DH  0295 1.00 Credit Hours
This seminar course is offered in conjunction with DH 0290, Dental Hygiene Clinic II and is part of the clinical education continuum. Students will study current literature and evaluate research. Additionally, they will gain the skills necessary for integrating the new information into his/her role as a health care provider. One hour of lecture hour per week. Prerequisites: DH 190 and DH 210 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 290, DH 300, DH 315, DH 320, and DH 340.
Community Dental Health Ed
DH  0300 3.00 Credit Hours
Fundamentals of teaching and learning theories. Development of teaching units and lesson plans for various public groups and/or organizations, practical experience in public schools and community groups with experience in providing dental health education to the public. This course is designed to increase student knowledge of concepts of community dentistry and dental epidemiology that is used in population based health care. Students are allowed to critically evaluate biostatistics, scientific literature, dental care delivery and mechanisms for financing dental care. Three (3) hours of lecture per week and 8 hours of field experience during the semester. Prerequisites: DH 190 and DH 210 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 315, DH 320, and DH 340.
Community Dental Hth Practicum
DH  0301 1.00 Credit Hours
This course will build upon the basics of DH 300 Community Dental Health Education. Students will apply theories, skills of communication and oral health education to various diverse groups. Through field assessments students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of community dental health programs and services learning activities which require application of dental public health principles and concepts. One hour of lecture per week and approximately 25-30 hours of field work during the semester. Prerequisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, DH 320 and DH 340 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 325, DH 390 and DH 395.
Nutrition
DH  0310 2.00 Credit Hours
Nutrition and diet as related to dental health, biochemistry of digestion and the utilization of nutrients. Special emphasis on dietary analysis as part of total health care and the role of the dental hygienist in providing nutritional counseling. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220, and DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 105, DH 120, DH 160, DH 165, and DH 350.
Ethics & Jurisprudence in DH
DH  0315 1.00 Credit Hours
Includes the study of the laws governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene, the ethical principles which guide professionalism, and continued development of an understanding between research and theory development. One lecture hour per week. Prerequisites: DH 0190 and DH 0210 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 0290, DH 0295, DH 0300, DH 0320, and DH 0340.
Pharmacology
DH  0320 2.00 Credit Hours
Principles of drug actions and characteristics of major drug groups including sources of drugs, methods of their administration, classification, dosage, therapeutic action and drug interactions. Emphasis will be placed on drugs affecting oral health and drugs used in dentistry. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 190 and DH 210 with a grade of 'C'or higher. Co-requisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, and DH 340.
Dental Practice Management
DH  0325 1.00 Credit Hours
Explores career planning, legal practice, practice management, and the roles and responsibilities of the dental hygienist as a member of an oral health care delivery team. One hour of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, DH 320 and DH 340 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 301, DH 390 and DH 395.
Oral Pathology
DH  0340 3.00 Credit Hours
Oral Pathology includes both general and oral pathology. General pathology includes an overview of basic disease processes, inflammation, immunology and wound healing. Oral pathology emphasizes recognition of oral diseases based on clinical signs and symptoms and radiographic manifestations. Treatment planning principles, based on collection of information using a variety of assessment procedures is included. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 190 and DH 210 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, and DH 320.
Periodontics
DH  0350 2.00 Credit Hours
Covers the supporting structures of the teeth and an overview of both the biological and clinical aspects of periodontology. Enables dental hygiene students to recognize and differentiate periodontal health from disease, formulate appropriate treatment plans, select appropriate adjunctive therapies and recognize the role of the dental hygienist as a periodontal co-therapist in antimicrobial agents, periodontal dressing, and sutures. Emphasizes the evaluation of a periodontal case study resulting in the development of a periodontal treatment plan. 2 hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 101, DH 103, DH 140, DH 150, DH 180, DH 220, and DH 225 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 105, DH 120, DH 160, DH 165, and DH 310.
Clinical Dental Hygiene III
DH  0390 4.00 Credit Hours
Continuation of DH 290: Clinical experience in advanced clinical procedures and discussion of the recognized dental specialties including their relationship to preventive dentistry. Sixteen (16) hours of lab per week. Prerequisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, DH 320 and DH 340 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 301, DH 325, and DH 395.
Senior Seminar in DH
DH  0395 1.00 Credit Hours
This seminar course serves as a means of combining information from all courses in the dental hygiene curriculum and applying content to patient cases and practice management issues. This course is also designed to assist in preparing senior dental hygiene students for the written and clinical examinations required for licensure and entry into the profession. One hour of lecture per week. Prerequisites: DH 290, DH 295, DH 300, DH 315, DH 320, and DH 0340 with a grade of 'C' or higher. Co-requisites: DH 301, DH 325, and DH 390.
Lion Co-op Experiential
DH  0488 3.00 Credit Hours