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Dental Hygiene | DHYG

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Dental Hygiene | DHYG

P Prerequisite | C Co-requisite | R Recommended
I Fall Semester | II Spring Semester | S Summer Session/s


  • DHYG-E 443 Public Health Education Methods (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. This course examines the process and methods in health education and the principles used to facilitate health behavior change, which will enhance quality of life for families, individuals, and communities.
  • DHYG-H 205 Medical and Dental Emergencies (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. A study in emergency situations including predisposing factors, drugs, and treatment to include the support of the cardiopulmonary system.
  • DHYG-H 206 General Pathology I (1-2 cr.) Mechanisms of disease at the cellular, organ and systemic levels with special references to specific disease processes; includes general concepts, terminology and pathology of organ systems. II
  • DHYG-H 211 Head and Neck Anatomy (3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student or a Speech Language Pathology Student. A detailed study of the anatomy of the head and neck. Some attention is given to oral embryology and the growth of tooth structure.
  • DHYG-H 213 Human Biology 2-First Year (1-4 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Gross and microscopic anatomy, physiology, embryology, and pathology of the human body with special emphasis on the head and neck. I
  • DHYG-H 214 Oral Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology (2-4 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. A study of the morphology, structure, function, and histology and embryology of human and surrounding tissues, including osteology of the maxilla and mandible and nerve and vascular supply of teeth and muscles of mastication. I
  • DHYG-H 215 Pharmacology and Therapeutics-First Year (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Actions and uses of drugs and theory of anesthetics; emphasis on drugs used in dentistry. II
  • DHYG-H 217 Preventive Dentistry (1-3 cr.) Introduction to the philosophy, and need, for preventative dentistry. Emphasis is on concepts and skills of self-motivation, knowledge of dental diseases and abnormalities, application of the principles of fluoridation, nutrition, patient motivation, home care, and other preventative topics as they relate to the patient and community.
  • DHYG-H 218 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene (3-6 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. An introduction to the dental and dental hygiene professions including the basic didactic and laboratory/clinic practice for the performance of dental hygiene services. I
  • DHYG-H 219 Clinical Practice 1 (3-5 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Performance of dental services in various clinical settings. Included is didactic instruction and clinical application of dental hygiene procedures for providing patient care and an introduction to oral diagnosis. I
  • DHYG-H 221 Clinical Dental Hygiene Procedures (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Clinical assignment for instruction and experience in performing dental hygiene services.
  • DHYG-H 222 Advanced Clinical Dental Hygiene Procedures (1-4 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Clinical application of dental prophylaxis, fluoride application, and dental radiographs, for children and adult patients in a mock dental office setting. Special emphasis on mastery of skills, speed, and accuracy. Instruction in procedures of OSHA and infection control guidelines.
  • DHYG-H 224 Oral Histology and Embryology (1 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Study of the histological aspects of the tooth and perodontium; embryologic development of the face and teeth. I
  • DHYG-H 240 Introduction to Dental Ethics (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. This course provides background in ethical issues that impact dental healthcare providers and their patients. Emphasis will be on developing critical thinking skills and evidence-based decision making. Case studies providing examples of legal and ethical issues relevant to dental patient care will be explored. I
  • DHYG-H 250 Local Anesthesia and Pain Control (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. This course addresses coverage management for conscious dental clients. The indications, contraindications, and pharmacology of topical anesthesia, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation used in dentistry will be discussed. Local anesthesia techniques and the administration of nitrous oxygen sedation will be studied.
  • DHYG-H 300 Clinical Practice A-S (3-5 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Continued performance of dental hygiene services in the clinical setting. Included is didactic instruction and clinical application of dental hygiene services for providing patient care. S
  • DHYG-H 301 Clinical Practice 2 (3-5 cr.) Continued performance of dental hygiene services in various clinical settings. Included is didactic instruction and clinical application of dental hygiene services for providing patient care.
  • DHYG-H 302 Clinical Practice 3 (3-5 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. DHYG-H 302 Clinical Practice 3 is a combination of clinical experiences, professional organization activities and community health education.  The didactic information obtained through the curriculum is designed to complement student's advanced clinical work and experiences.  These experiences will include evaluating patient's nutritional status and identifying treatment modifications necessary for patients with special needs. II
  • DHYG-H 303 Radiology (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. The principles of radiation production, theories of radiographic image formation, chemistry of film processing, radiation hygiene and interpretation of finished radiographs are studied in this course. I
  • DHYG-H 304 Oral Pathology-Second Year (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Study of common oral lesions, neoplasms, developmental abnormalities, and acquired disorders of the teeth and surrounding tissues. Included are general, dental, and oral pathological processes with emphasis on etiology and clinical manifestations. II
  • DHYG-H 305 Radiology Clinic (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Clinical application of intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs. I
  • DHYG-H 306 Radiology Clinic II (1 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Continuation of DHYG-H 305-clinical application of intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs. II
  • DHYG-H 307 Radiology Clinic III (1 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Continuation of DHYG-H 306 - clinical application of intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs. II
  • DHYG-H 308 Dental Materials (1-3 cr.) Composition, physical, and chemical properties of materials used in dentistry. I
  • DHYG-H 312 Radiology Lecture II (1 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. DHYG-H 312 is the continuation of didactic training for the critical evaluation of dental radiographic techniques.  Emphasis will be placed on accurate identification of structures on film, mounting of films, and charting from films. I Repeat for total of 2 credits.
  • DHYG-H 320 Practice Management, Ethics, and Jurisprudence (1-2 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. The study of the organization, administration and prudent operation of professional and financial resources for a successful dental practice in a community. II
  • DHYG-H 321 Periodontics (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. A study of periodontal disease including the anatomy, classification, etiology, treatment, and relationship to systemic condition. II
  • DHYG-H 333 Management of the Special Needs Patient (1-3 cr.) C: Must be a dental hygiene student. Students will learn to recognize and manage the oral health needs of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients exhibiting physical and or mental impairment.
  • DHYG-H 344 Senior Hygiene Seminar (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Ethics, jurisprudence, and practice management concepts including a study of state practice acts, dental hygiene employment opportunities, recall systems, and current trends in the dental hygiene profession.
  • DHYG-H 400 Evidence-Based Decision Making (3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) based on scientific evidence, clinical skill and judgment, and individual patient case studies. This approach to evidence-based decision making in oral healthcare will include judicious integration of systematic assessments of scientific evidence. Foundational knowledge to implement future clinical strategies will be discussed. II.
  • DHYG-H 403 Advanced Community Dental Hygiene (1-4 cr.) Public health principles including care delivery system and preventive public health care at the community level.
  • DHYG-H 410 Management Strategies for the Dental Hygiene Professional (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. This course is centered on the study of practice management principles as they relate to dentistry through the eyes of a dental hygienist. Instruction includes topics in economics, management and employment issues. The development of advanced strategies includes mastering a skill set that allows for the hygienist to integrate and manage current standards of dental hygiene within an interdisciplinary dental team as well as explore alternative career paths. The students will be introduced to principles to plan, administer and evaluate a business practice. Course goals will be accomplished through skill enhancement of communication, teamwork, business and management practices, and patient management.
  • DHYG-H 412 Global Health (1-3 cr.) This course examines major global health challenges, programs and policies. Students will be introduced to the world's vast diversity of determinants of health and disease. Students will analyze current and emerging global health priorities, including emerging infectious diseases, poverty, women's and child health, conflicts and emergencies, health inequity, and major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion. I
  • DHYG-H 415 Communication Skills for the Healthcare Professional (1-3 cr.) This course is a comprehensive yet compact guide to learning essential communication skills that will prepare students for success as healthcare professionals. This class uses a broad range of examples, role plays, and scenarios from virtually every healthcare field, enabling both instructors and students to use it as an essential resource for mastering any area-specific communication skill. I, II
  • DHYG-H 420 Advanced Clinical Procedures (4-5 cr.) Clinical Practice 4 is a course designed for instruction and experience in performing dental hygiene services.
  • DHYG-H 444 Bachelor Degree Capstone Course (1-3 cr.) P: Must be a Dental Hygiene student. Capstone course for the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH).  The course is intended to help dental hygiene students plan career strategies beyond the clinician-based oral health care provider model.  Students will examine population needs as well as future trends in the dental and dental hygiene professions.
  • DHYG-H 477 Community Assessment and Program Planning (1-6 cr.) This course examines individual, group, and community needs assessment strategies and how these strategies are used in conjunction with theory to develop program goals and objectives that address public health concerns through health education and health promotion programs.
  • DHYG-H 478 Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs (1-6 cr.) Equiv: HSC-H 478. P: DHYG-H 477. This course examines the evaluation of health promotion programs, health communication strategies, health status, and health behavior initiatives. Effective strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating program goals, objectives, and outcomes will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a health promotion program.
  • DHYG-H 495 Clinical Experience in Dental Hygiene (1-6 cr.) This course will award credit through experience to registered dental hygienist's pursuing a Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (BSDH) completion degree.
  • DHYG-H 497 Topics in Dental Hygiene (1-4 cr.) The topical seminars relate to the practice of and/or current issues in the field of dental hygiene/dental. Possible topics for this seminar include: dental, nutrition, practice management fads; biomedical, social and clinical sciences; and professional development.
  • DHYG-N 390 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 cr.) P: Departmental consent. This course will provide students the opportunity to travel abroad and provide preventive dental care to a population in need.

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