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Dental Hygiene - Indianapolis

Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Student Institutional Competencies

The Indianapolis-based Bachelor of Science degree program in dental hygiene is two and one half academic years in length and is composed of a core curriculum of 27 courses presented over four semesters and one summer session. In addition, a specialized track 6 courses over one semester and one summer session. All courses are mandatory.

The curriculum supports attainment of the following list of institutionally defined competencies expected of a dental hygienist entering the profession. The graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Apply a professional code of ethics in all endeavors;
  2. Adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations, regulations, and safety practices in the provision of dental hygiene care;
  3. Provide dental hygiene care to promote patient/client health and wellness using critical thinking and problem-solving in the provision of evidence-based practice;
  4. Assume responsibility for dental hygiene actions and care based on accepted scientific theories and research as well as the accepted standard of care;
  5. Continuously perform self-assessment for lifelong learning and professional growth;
  6. Advance the profession through service activities and affiliations with professional organizations;
  7. Provide quality assurance mechanisms for health services;
  8. Communicate effectively with individuals and groups from diverse populations both orally and in writing;
  9. Provide accurate, consistent, and complete documentation for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of dental hygiene services;
  10. Provide care to all clients using an individualized approach that is humane, empathetic, and caring;
  11. Provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal oral health;
  12. Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion, health education, and disease prevention activities for diverse populations;
  13. Systematically collect, analyze, and record data on the general, oral, and psychosocial health status of a variety of patients/clients using methods consistent with medico-legal principles;
  14. Use critical decision-making skills to reach conclusions about the patients’/clients’ dental hygiene needs based on all available assessment data;
  15. Collaborate with the patient/client and/or other health professionals to formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan that is patient/client-centered and based on current scientific evidence;
  16. Provide specialized treatment that includes preventive and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health; and
  17. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented clinical, preventive, and educational services and modify as needed.

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