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Course Descriptions and Outlines:
Introduction to the etiology and prevention of dental diseases, infection control, patient assessment, normal oral conditions, periodontal assessment, selective polishing, patient education and the history of the dental hygiene profession. (Prerequisites: College level reading; head and neck anatomy; dental anatomy and terminology. Co-Requisites: DH 1511 concurrently). (2 C/2 lect, 0 lab).
Preclinical laboratory sessions designed to introduce basic instrumentation techniques necessary for the practice of dental hygiene. The theory, functions and procedures introduced in DH 1510 will be applied. (Prerequisites: College level reading and writing skills. Co-requisites: DH 1510 concurrently). (3 C/0 lect, 3 lab).
The focus of this course is on the anatomical components and functions of the teeth and tooth supporting structures, soft tissue landmarks of the oral cavity, dental terminology. Embryology and histology of the maxillofacial area and dental structures are emphasized. The skeletal structure, muscular function, blood supply, and innervations of the maxillofacial region will also be covered. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1217; college level reading and writing skills; high school biology background). (4 C/3 lect, 1 hour D2L).
This course is designed to continue the student's education in the basic clinical theory, functions and procedures necessary for comprehensive patient treatment with an emphasis on primary preventive measures, clinical dental hygiene skills and management of medical emergencies. (Prerequisites: DH 1510). (2 C/2 lect, 0 lab).
A continuation of Dental Hygiene Practice I introducing the student to basic clinical theory, functions, and procedures necessary for comprehensive patient treatment. Students will continue practice on student partners until all basic competencies are satisfied and will then begin treating clients in the clinical setting. (Prerequisites: DH 1510, DH 1511, and DH 1512, current CPR certification, college level reading and writing skills, MN Background chekc, health requirements on file. Co-requisites: Concurrent with DH 1520). (5 C/0 lect, 5 lab).
Introduction to the basic inflammatory and immune responses as they relate to the human body. The course will focus on the fundamental disease processes involving the maxillofacial region. (Prerequisites: DH 1512, BIOL 1217. College level reading and writing skills; knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology; knowledge of basic dental tissues). (2 C/ 2 lect, 0 lab).
Discussion of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. Emphasis will include the progression of periodontal disease, diagnostic methods, treatment modalities, and the role of the dental hygienist in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. (Prerequisites: DH 1510, 1512. College level reading and writing skills; basic word processing skills and literature review skills). (2 C/2 lect, 0 lab).
A continuation of Principles of Dental Hygiene II with an emphasis on advanced dental hygiene skills and applied auxiliary skills. This course will familiarize the dental hygiene student with the properties and uses of various dental materials. The focus will be on composition, chemistry, and clinical application of commonly used materials in dentistry. (Prerequisites: DH 1510, 1520). (3 C/2 lect, 1 lab).
A continuation of Dental Hygiene Practice II with supervised clinical experience and a weekly seminar. Students will apply basic theories, functions and procedures necessary for comprehensive client treatment. (Prerequisites: DH 1521; CPR certification; college level reading and writing, and critical thinking skills). (6 C/0 lect, 6 lab).
A lecture and laboratory course in the basic and current concepts in the administration of local al anesthesia and nitrous oxide/ oxygen analgesia. The content areas include anatomical considerations, local anesthetic and nitrous oxide armamentarium, pharmacology and clinical action of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide, patient evaluation, local and systemic complications, techniques of maxillary and mandibular anesthesia and nitrous oxide administrations. (Prerequisites: DH 1512 and 1521. Head and neck anatomy; dental pharmacology). (2 C/1 lect, 2 lab).
Survey of drug groups with special emphasis on the drugs used in dentistry. The course will include content in the following: physical and chemical properties of the drug covered, modes of administration, therapeutic and adverse effects, and drug interactions. (Prerequisites: CHEM 1117, DH 1520, DH 1521. Basic math and college level reading). (2 C/2 lect, 0 lab).
A continuation of Principles of Dental Hygiene III with an emphasis on maintenance of dental implants, subgingival irrigation, special needs patients, nutrition counseling, resume writing and job interviews, legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental team, dental specialties, and health care delivery issues. (Prerequisites: DH 1510, DH 1520 and DH 2530). (3 C/3 lect, 0 lab).
A continuation of Dental Hygiene Practice III with supervised clinical experience and a weekly seminar. Students will apply basic and advanced theories, functions, and procedures necessary for comprehensive client treatment. (Prerequisites: DH 2531; CPR certification; college level reading and writing, and critical thinking skills). (6 C/0 lect, 6 lab).
This course provides a spectrum of experience which contributes to the continuing development of insight into community problems and understaning the needs of people in the community. It provides an understanding of how private dentistry and dental public health can work together to meet the needs of the community. When completed, the student has a working knowledge of public health. The laboratory portion of this course is designed to assist the students in needs assessment, program planning, program implementation, funding, and program evaluation. This course includes the development of an educational pamphlet or poster on a health or dental health topic. This course includes an observation rotation at an alternative delivery site. (Prerequisites: High school algebra or the college equivalent). (3 C/2 lect, 2 lab).
Last Updated: October 7, 2014