2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Sep 24, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DH 105 - Introduction to Clinical Practice

Credits: 2
Clinical application of diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic procedures utilized in patient care by a dental hygienist.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate professional appearance, conduct, and responsibility while respecting HIIPA and FERPA.
  2. Operate and maintain the dental unit without assistance.
  3. Demonstrates the basic fundamentals for instrumentation skill, techniques and maintainence with the mirror, probe, explorer, universal curets, and sickle scalers.
  4. Evaluate proper infection control protocols at all times and the implications when infection control protocols are not utilized.
  5. Develop proper positioning of ergonomics for patient, clinician, unit and light.
  6. Process a medical history, including vital signs, and ASA that will determine the needs of the patient to be addressed before dental hygiene care can be performed.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate well with others through the use of clear verbal and written skills.
  8. Conduct a thorough extraoral and intraoral inspection to include documentation of normal, deviation from normal and pathologic conditions.
  9. Demonstrate Oral Hygiene Education including oral disease theories, risk assessment, and techniques: biofilm theory, periodontal disease theory, caries risk assessment, brushing, flossing and necessary adjuncts.
  10. Begins to integrate preventative, educational, and therapeutic care in treating patients
  11. Select appropriate polishing compounds and fluorides and correctly applies them to teeth.
  12. Assess and respond appropriately to any dental or medical emergency.
  13. Maintain accurate clinical records.
  14. Demonstrate compliance with clinic policies and procedures.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Associate of Science Dental Hygiene Program

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