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Dental Hygiene Clinic 4

This course is a combination of dental hygiene theory and clinical practice. In theory class, emphasis is placed on the continuation of managing special needs patients in the dental practice setting. The focus is on case based learning. During clinical practice sessions, students continue to provide comprehensive dental hygiene services to all their patients. Students also learn the techniques needed to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide conscious sedation on student partners during a laboratory portion of this course. Once the students demonstrate competency in the lab setting, they are able to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide conscious sedation on appropriate patients in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of clinical instructors and supervising dentist. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program. Lab Fee

Dental Hygiene Clinic 3

This course is a combination of dental hygiene theory and clinical practice. In the lecture part of the class, emphasis is placed on the dental health care of special needs patients. Emphasis is placed on the need for integration of these preventative education techniques into the dental hygiene treatment plan for special needs. Students participate in active learning by completing case studies which include written treatment plans for special needs patients. During the clinical sessions students utilize their knowledge in developing and implementing comprehensive dental hygiene treatment plans, including taking radiographs using appropriate patient selection criteria. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program. Lab Fee

Pharmacology

This course is a study of drugs with special emphasis on those used in dentistry. It focuses on the physical and chemical properties of drugs by groups, dosages, therapeutic effects, and the use of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide pain control modalities. The course also includes the management of medical emergencies relative to the administration of local anesthetics. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program.

Nutrition

This course is a study in the science of nutrition principles and their application. Students will learn about the important role that nutrients play in maintaining general and oral health. Using strategies for disease prevention and health promotion, students will begin to develop and implement the skills needed to improve their own diet and to provide dietary counseling for patients. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program.

Community Dentistry 2

This course is a continuation of Community Dentistry 1 with more emphasis on community oral health education, epidemiology, and disease prevention. This course is designed to prepare students to meet specific oral health needs of community groups as distinct from the traditional clinical approach that is designed to meet the needs of individual patients. Students will complete a community health project identified in Community Dentistry 1 that will include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating a program for a target population. Students will also learn the basic principles of biostatistics and research design. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program. Lab Fee

Oral Pathology

This course provides fundamental instruction of the general pathological processes of inflammation and repair, immune response, neoplasia, developmental disturbances and systemic disease. Particular focus is on the etiology and clinical manifestations of pathology of the head and neck region. The course uses case studies to assist in identifying clinical entities and recognizing the relevance of findings to dental hygiene treatment planning. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing the program.

Histology

This course is a study of the origin and structure of tissues. Emphasis is placed on the histology and embryology of the teeth, face, and oral cavity. The histological origins of healthy and diseased tissues will be related to clinical assessments of dental patients. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program.

Dental Materials

This course is a combination of classroom and lab instruction. During class students learn about the physical properties of dental materials and how these materials relate to the dental specialties. In the lab students gain experience in the manipulation and preparation of those dental materials commonly used in dental practice. Students also develop the skills to provide the following dental hygiene services: taking impressions, making study models, fabricating athletic mouth protectors, placing sealants, placing fluoride varnishes, placing and removing periodontal dressings, placing rubber dams, polishing and contouring restorations. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program. Lab Fee

Community Dentistry 1

This course provides first-year students with an introduction to dentistry, dental hygiene, and the role of the dental team and the health care delivery systems within the community. Students are exposed to concepts in ethics and professionalism and will keep an ethics journal. Additionally, students are introduced to basic research methodologies that will facilitate the learning process used in the Dental Hygiene Program. Students will identify a target population for a community health project that will be completed in Community Dentistry 2. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program.

Radiology

This course includes the study of radiography theory and the techniques of exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs. Students also acquire the interpretation skills needed to utilize radiographs successfully during patient care. Emphasis is placed on legal, ethical and safety practices using the ALARA principle. In the lab portion, students learn safety, waste management and quality assurance techniques, as well as intraoral and extraoral imaging techniques with multiple film holding devices. Students complete several practice image series on DXTTR mannequins, including full mouth, vertical bitewing, and special patient techniques. Successful completion of this course is mandatory for continuing in the program. Lab Fee