Dental Hygiene 123 Oral Anatomy and Embryology
This course is an introduction to the study of the oral cavity and its associated structures. Included in the curriculum are lectures covering anatomy, embryology, and histology of oral structures and the head and neck, emphasizing teeth and their supporting tissues. Knowledge of content is emphasized during clinical practice.
4 lecture hours; 4 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 124 Dental Radiology
This course provides the fundamental scientific principles upon which clinical dental radiology is based. Content includes radiation history, radiation physics, radiographic anatomy, application to radiation safety for patient and operator, quality assurance, infection control practice, standard intra- and extra-oral radiographic techniques, quality film production, and film evaluation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of DH 123 and DH 129.
2 lecture hours; two-hour laboratory period; 3 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 127 Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
General principles of pharmacology and use of pharmaceuticals; derivation and effect of drugs, especially those used in dentistry. Values and uses of chemical sterilizing agents, pre- and post-operative medications, anesthetics, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical adjuncts to oral hygiene and dental care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry 114.
2 lecture hours; 2 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 129 Clinical Practice I
Introduction to the role and function of the Dental Hygienist in preventive dentistry; history and ethics of the Dental Hygiene profession; relationship of general and oral health to the disease process. Clinical hours are devoted to development of infection control procedures, oral self-care, basic clinical skills of patient assessment/data collection, basic instrumentation, patient education, and dental emergencies.
3 lecture hours; 7 clinical hours; 4 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 130 Clinical Practice II
This course is a continuation of Clinical Practice I and focuses on the role of the Dental Hygienist as a preventive oral health specialist. Didactic and clinical experience is devoted to patient assessment, treatment planning, patient management, fluoride therapy, emergency response protocols, and continuing development of clinical skills to facilitate ethical and total patient care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dental Hygiene 129 and 123.
2 lecture hours; 8 clinical hours; 4 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 140 Introduction to Periodontology
This course provides the basic principles of periodontology, which covers the recognition of clinical characteristics of the periodontium, classification of periodontal diseases, role of microorganisms and local factors in the etiology of periodontal diseases.
1 lecture hours; 1 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 199 Clinic Practice Independent Study
This course provides additional clinical experience in the Fones Dental Health Clinic for students to continue development of clinical skills for total patient care.
1-5 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 227 Clinical Practice III
The course provides advanced didactic and clinical experience in the Fones Dental Health Center as well as in various community settings. The didactic portion emphasizes planning and managing patient care in a comprehensive and ethical manner. Students deliver Dental Hygiene services to patients with a variety of special needs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first-year required courses.
2 lecture hours, 14-21 clinical hours per week; 5 semester hours.
Dental Hygiene 228 Clinical Practice IV
Continuation of advanced didactic and clinical practices of Dental Hygiene 227. This course will assist the student in refining clinical skills and will introduce the student to a study of professional ethics and dental jurisprudence; professional organizations; issues involving the profession, including ethics, preparation of resumes, practice management skills, and state dental practice acts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dental Hygiene 227, 233, 241, 250.
2 lecture hours, 14-21 clinical hours per week; 5 semester hours.
Dental Hygiene 230 Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist
This course prepares the dental hygiene student for certification in local anesthesia. Students will be introduced to pain management, client management, medical emergencies and review of essential anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of pain control agents. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dental Hygiene 124, 127, 130. 140.
20 lecture hours, 8 clinical hours; 1 semester hour.
Dental Hygiene 232 Dental Public Health
Dental Public Health consists of didactic and fieldwork components in community services. It is designed to enable Dental Hygiene students to identify Dental Hygiene career opportunities within the public health setting; describe the structure and function of public health; explain federal, state and local legislation, policies and procedures pertaining to public health; assess the dental needs and demands of the public including special populations; and plan and evaluate dental health care programming. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year required courses.
2 lecture hours; 72 hours of field experience per rotation; 4 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 233 Oral and General Histo-Pathology
This course will provide the dental hygienist with an in-depth discussion of various types of oral diseases of the hard and soft tissues. Emphasis will be placed on the etiology, clinical picture, radiographic picture, histologic/microscopic findings, pathogenesis, treatment and prognosis for each condition discussed. Some systemic conditions with specific oral findings will also be covered. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year required courses.
3 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 241 Periodontology
This course expands on the basic principles of periodontology introduced during the first year Dental Hygiene curriculum. Students receive a sound foundation in the history and management of periodontal diseases, including the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases, the systemic disease connection with periodontal disease, the role of the immune system in the disease process, and the various periodontal treatment modalities available, with emphasis on the Dental Hygiene treatment plan. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year required courses.
2 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 250 Dental Materials
This course provides didactic and clinical information relating to dental materials utilized in the dental office. Content includes terminology, basic principles, properties of materials, techniques and procedures, recognition of restorations, and indications for their use. Students will also gain exposure to expanded auxiliary utilization and the role of the Dental Hygienist in specialty practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required first year Dental Hygiene courses, Dental Hygiene 227.
2 lecture hours; 1 two-hour laboratory period; 3 semester hours
Dental Hygiene 299 Dental Hygiene Independent Study
Selected independent projects conducted under the supervision of a Dental Hygiene faculty member.
1-6 semester hours