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Upon completion of the Dental Hygiene program at RCTC, students will achieve the following outcomes:
- Recognize and manage the ethical, legal and regulatory issues related to the practice of dental hygiene.
- Recognize the patient record as a legal document and maintain its accuracy, consistency, and confidentiality.
- Adhere to state and federal laws, recommendations and regulations in the provision of dental hygiene care.
- Maintain integrity in relationships with patients, peers and other professionals, without discrimination.
- Perform self-assessment for life-long learning and professional growth.
- Synthesize information in a critical, scientific and effective manner.
- Communicate professional knowledge verbally and in writing to patients, colleagues and other professionals.
- Critically analyze published reports of oral health research and apply this information to the practice of dental hygiene.
- Provide planned educational services using appropriate interpersonal communication skills and educational strategies to promote optimal health.
- Identify the health needs of individuals, assist them in the development of appropriate self-care regimens and evaluate patient adherence to prevention strategies.
- Promote the values of oral and general health and wellness to the public and organizations within and outside the profession.
- Initiate and assume responsibility for health promotion and disease prevention activities for diverse populations.
- Provide community oral health services in a variety of settings.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate community-based oral health programs.
- The dental hygienist will be able to systematically collect, analyze and accurately record baseline data to identify patient needs and oral health problems.
- Obtain, review and update a complete medical and dental history including an assessment of vital signs.
- Recognize medical and dental conditions that require special precautions or consideration prior to or during dental hygiene treatment.
- Identify the patient at risk for a medical emergency and be prepared to handle the emergency should it occur during an appointment.
- Identify risk factors that contribute to dental disease.
- Perform an extraoral and intraoral examination, accurately record the findings and follow-up abnormalities.
- Perform an examination of the teeth and accurately records the findings.
- Identify need for radiographs.
- Perform a periodontal assessment and accurately record the findings.
- Obtain consultations/referrals as necessary.
- Analyze and interpret the assessment data to formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis.
- The dental hygienist will be able to collaborate with the patient and/or other health care professionals to formulate a comprehensive dental hygiene care plan that is patient-centered and based on current scientific evidence.
- Collaborate with patient/guardian to establish and prioritize patient-centered oral health goals.
- Establish a planned sequence of educational and clinical services based on the dental hygiene diagnosis.
- Obtain the patient’s informed consent based on a thorough case presentation.
Last Updated: March 13, 2015