Degrees & Courses

Course List

Fundamentals Dental Hygiene
DH  0101 2.00 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the Dental Hygiene Process of Care with an emphasis on professionalism, infection control, patient assessment processes and basic instrumental skills. Prerequisite: acceptance into the dental hygiene program. Co-requisite: DH 103.
Fund of Dental Hygiene - Lab
DH  0103 2.00 Credit Hours
This course 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. Prerequisite: acceptance into the dental hygiene program. Co-requisite: DH 101.
Fundamentals Instrumentation
DH  0105 2.00 Credit Hours
This course 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. Prerequisite: DH 101 and DH 103.
Med Emergencies/Spec Patient
DH  0120 1.00 Credit Hours
This course includes knowledge of common physiological conditions and systemic diseases with emphasis on their implication to dental care and management of medical or dental emergencies. The student will develop orderly and confident assessment skills and will be able to recognize and manage medical emergencies. Instruction is provided toward the recognition, prevention and management of medical emergencies which occur in the dental office.
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 hr. lecture per week. Practical aspects of this course will be covered in DH 103.
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. Two hours lecture, three hours lab per week.
Dental Radiology
DH  0160 2.00 Credit Hours
Theory and principles of radiation health and safety, quality assurance and infection control protocol for dental radiography. Basic interpretation of radiographic findings and recognition and identification of normal anatomical radiographic landmarks. Methods for exposing, mounting, and care of dental radiographs. Prerequisite courses: BIO 240, DH 101, DH 140, DH 150. Two hours lecture per week.
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 exposure of intra-oral radiographs, quality assurance, patient selection criteria and ancillary radiographic techniques. Recognition and identification of normal anatomical radiographic landmarks. One lab hour per week. Prerequisites: BIO 240, DH 101, DH 140, DH 150. Co-requisite: DH 160.
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. Sixteen hours lab per week, thirty-two hours of lab will be used for clinical application of DH 210. Prerequisite: DH 102 with minimum grade of 'C' and CPR Certification Course. Co-requisite: DH 210.
Pain Management
DH  0210 1.00 Credit Hours
This course is 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 and/or nitrous oxide analgesia to increase patient comfort and control pain when providing dental hygiene services.
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. Co-requisite: DH 225.
Dental Materials Lab
DH  0225 1.00 Credit Hours
This course provides clinical manipulation and application of the dental materials discussed in DH220. Students will learn to take alginate impressions, produce plaster study models and manipulate other biomaterials within the scope of preventative and restorative dentistry. Dental charting and identification of restorations will be enhanced in preparation for the clinical setting.Co-requisite: DH 220.
Periodontics I
DH  0280 2.00 Credit Hours
Periodontics I introduces students to the specialty of dentistry that encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Two hours lecture per week. Clinical applications to this course will be implemented in DH 105 and DH 190.
Clin. Dental Hygiene II (WI)
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 hours clinical lab per week (one hour per week MAY be used for content and organizational review). Prerequisites: DH 190 with minimum grade of 'C' or instructor's permission.
Seminar in Dental Hygiene I
DH  0295 1.00 Credit Hours
This seminar course is offered in conjunction with DH 290, Dental Hygiene Clinic II and is part of the clinical education continuum. Emphasis will be placed on developing advanced clinical techniques, adjunctive dental hygiene treatment, and increased case based learning and problem solving in the clinical setting. One hour lecture per week with three-four lab sessions per semester.
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 hrs. lecture per week.
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. Prerequisite: DH 300 with a minimum grade of C.
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 lecture per week. Requirement: dental hygiene students must take course during second semester of program.
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 on drugs affecting oral health and drugs used in dentistry. Two hours lecture per week.
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. Prerequisite: student must have successfully completed the first three semesters of dental hygiene curriculum with a minimum of a 'C'.
Periodontics II
DH  0350 2.00 Credit Hours
Periodontics II is a continuation of Periodontics I focusing further on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the periodontium and supporting structures of the teeth. Clinical application will be implemented in DH 290 and DH 390. 2 hours lecture per week. Prerequisites DH 280, DH, 190, and DH 210.
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 hours lab week. Prerequisite: DH 290 with minimum grade of 'C' or instructor's permission.
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 lecture per week.