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.
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