Dental Hygiene Degree Program Curriculum

COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Program Courses

DEN251

HYGIENE PRACTICE 1 W/ CPR

5

DEN252

HYGIENE PRACTICE 2 W/ DH DIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGY

6

DEN253

ORAL HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY

2

DEN254

PERIODONTICS

3

DEN255

ORAL AND DENTAL ANATOMY

2

DEN256

DENTAL HYGIENE MATERIALS W/LAB

3

DEN257

DENTAL RADIOLOGY W/LAB

3

DEN271

HYGIENE PRACTICE 3

5

DEN272

HYGIENE PRACTICE 4

6

DEN273

DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY

2

DEN275

ORAL PATHOLOGY

2

DEN276

HYGIENE RESEARCH

2

DEN277

DENTAL ANESTHESIA W/LAB

2

DEN278

DENTAL LAW AND ETHICS

2

DEN303

COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH I

2

DEN304

COMMUNITY ORAL HEALTH II

2

Directed Courses

NTR101

INTRODUCTION TO NUTRITION

3

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

ENG103

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ENG104

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

MTH---

MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

3

CIS174

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

3

COM200

PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

PSY101

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3

SCI107

CHEMISTRY

4

SCI113

INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY

4

SCI121

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I W/LAB

4

SCI122

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II W/LAB

4

SCI202

MICROBIOLOGY W/LAB

4

SOC111

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3

     
     
Minimum total credits required 94

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Rosemary Ryan, M.P.H., C.D.A., R.D.H
Email: rryan@LincolnCollegeNE.edu
Campus Extension: 40920; Administrative Assistant: 40929; Dental Clinic (patients only): (860) 426-0467

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
The dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approved without reporting requirements.” The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission may be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
These objectives and goals are designed to produce graduates who will satisfy employers’ demands for trained dental hygienists who are able to communicate effectively, use critical thinking skills, value diversity and teamwork, and are well-rounded, contributing members of society. They are designed to prepare students for transfer to a bachelor’s program. All students in the dental hygiene program must maintain a 2.8 GPA, maintain current vaccinations, have an annual physical examination and undergo a criminal background check for placement in community sites. CPR certification must be maintained during the entire dental hygiene program. As future healthcare providers, dental hygiene students have the potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens. The Lincoln College of New England blood borne pathogen standard policy is available for all applicants upon request. Dental hygiene students receive the policy as part of the orientation to the program.

PROGRAM MISSION
The Dental Hygiene Program is dedicated to the professional growth and development of student dental hygienists who will uphold integrity and character as leaders in the profession, participate in research and continuing education, appreciate cultural differences, contribute to the community to which they serve and advocate for access to care for all. These values will be carried out as licensed dental hygiene professionals after graduation and beyond.

 

 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Develop oral health practitioners with effective communication skills, ethical practices, and the ability to provide clinical competency within diverse dental healthcare delivery systems.
  • Acquire the appropriate skill-set necessary to promote quality assurance during dental hygiene treatment planning and delivery of patient care.
  • Utilize current technology and adapt to the changing complexities of dental healthcare that reflect the current state of dental hygiene practice.
  • Improve community awareness and education surrounding the relationship of oral health and overall health through community outreach and enrichment sites.
  • Utilize current evidence-based research and develop critical thinking skills to be applied during dental hygiene patient care.
  • Pursue lifelong learning, educational advancement, continued professional growth, by committing and contributing to the betterment of the dental hygiene profession.

PROGRAM COURSES

DEN251 Hygiene Practice 1 with CPR 5 credits

Introduction to the dental hygiene profession defines the intricate role of the dental hygienist in preventive dentistry. Emphasis is placed on professional standards, and contemporary ethical issues encountered by the dental hygienist. Foundations for dental hygiene clinical practice, principles of disease transmission, infection control, patient assessment, and fundamental instrumentation. Students review patient protocol for oral physiotherapy; oral prophylaxis, use of fluorides, and patient education for the promotion of oral health. Four lecture and 8 clinical practice hours per week.
Prerequisite: SCI122

 

DEN252 Hygiene Practice 2 with DH Diagnostic Technology    6 credits

This course is a continuation of DEN251 with emphasis on the application of dental hygiene theory to direct patient care. Focus on the continuous development and integration process of both clinical and didactic skills is necessary for the implementation of comprehensive dental hygiene treatment. Emphasis is placed on the continuation and development of dental hygiene instrumentation through patient contact. This course also describes the role of the dental hygienist as a comprehensive health care provider; treatment planning; management of periodontal disease and caries, assessment of existing restorations and conditions of the oral cavity. Outlines protocol for medical emergencies in various dental care settings.
Prerequisite: DEN257, DEN251, DEN253, DEN255

 

DEN253 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 credits

This is an introduction to the histological and embryologic development of the oral facial structures. Focus on the microscopic morphology of the head and neck region, with emphasis on teeth and supporting structures.
Prerequisite: SCI122

 

DEN254 Periodontics  3 credits

The course presents the dental hygienist’s role in the clinical management of the periodontium and covers periodontal anatomy and contributing factors to the promotion of periodontal health. Focus on the periodontal anatomy and contributing factors to the promotion of periodontal health.  The students focus on the role microorganisms play in periodontal disease, and the impact of certain systemic and local contributing factors. Special coverage is given to tobacco use and periodontal disease, and smoking cessation alternatives. The course reviews clinical and surgical periodontal techniques, periodontal treatment planning, maintenance, and alternative therapies.  Two lecture/seminar hours per week.
Prerequisite: DEN251

 

DEN255 Oral and Dental Anatomy  2 credits

Students are introduced to the anatomical study of the human dentition and associated structures. Focus on both the primary and permanent dentition and developmental sequence. Emphasis is on the clinical appearance of oral structures, the eruption process, dental terminology and occlusion.
Prerequisite: SCI122

 

DEN256 Dental Hygiene Materials w/Lab 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the study of the physical and chemical properties of dental materials utilized in the dental office. Topics include: the clinical skills necessary for the dental hygienist in the proper manipulation of dental materials, considerations of the mechanical functions, clinical appearances, and biocompatible properties of dental materials.  Twolecture and 2 laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisites: DEN251

 

DEN 257 Dental Radiology w/ Lab   3 credits

This course defines the role of the dental radiographer. Topics include X-ray characteristics, radiation biology, infection control protocol, quality assurance, and legal considerations for the dental radiographer.  Emphasis is placed on achieving successful intra and extra oral radiography using the paralleling, bisecting angle, panoramic and occlusal techniques. Students are taught to expose, process, mount, and evaluate dental radiographs both traditional and digitally.  The dental hygiene student is taught to identify and compare normal and abnormal anatomical conditions and oral diseases through dental radiographic interpretation. Dental Hygiene Students’ laboratory practice requires the usage of dental radiology manikins and patient requirements. Supervised instruction is provided for students during all dental radiographic procedures including patient care.
Prerequisite: SCI122

 

DEN271 Hygiene Practice 3  5 credits

This course is a continuation of DEN252 and focuses on dental hygiene treatment planning and practice in a variety of clinical, community, and educational settings. Implementation of acquired dental hygiene clinical and didactic skills will enable the student to service a broader population base.  Adjunctive clinical procedures include: the incorporation of dental radiographs, ultrasonic scaling, air abrasion, root planting, and sealants. Seminar is conducive for case study evaluation and reinforces the role of the dental hygienist as a comprehensive health care provider. Two lecture/seminar and 16 hours clinical practice hours per week.
Prerequisites: DEN104, DEN252, DEN254, DEN256

 

DEN272 Hygiene Practice 4 6 credits

This course is a continuation of DEN271 and focuses on dental hygiene treatment planning and practice in a variety of clinical, community, and educational settings. It provides a reinforcement of acquired didactic and clinical skills. Adjunctive clinical procedures include: administration of local anesthetic agents under direct supervision. Applied Nutrition for the dental hygiene patient is addressed and focuses on diet analysis as it relates to caries development, periodontal disease and oral surgery. Dental practice management skills and dental hygiene career development are reviewed.  Seminar is conducive for case study evaluation and reinforces the role of the dental hygienist as a comprehensive health care provided.  Two lecture and 16 clinical practices per week.
Prerequisites: DEN271, DEN273, DEN275, DEN277


DEN273 Dental Pharmacology 3 credits

This course is an introduction to comprehensive pharmaceutical products; classifications, pharmacological effects, adverse reactions, indications and contra-indications for use. The course reviews the mode of administration of medications and anesthesia, during dental treatment. Focus of the impact medications have on dental treatment and outcome. Considerations of various chemotherapeutic agents commonly used in dental treatment.
Prerequisite: DEN252

 

DEN274 Public Health    3 credits

This course defines the dental hygienist’s role in the community. The course reviews concepts in epidemiology, biostatistics, and other trends in research assessment tools. Focus on planning, evaluating, and implementing dental health care treatment for a targeted population. Course will focus on strategies for the improvement and access to comprehensive dental care pertaining to the public health. Review of federal and state agencies, public health policies, and public health protocol.  Two lecture and 3 clinical practice hours per week minimum
Prerequisite: DEN271

 

 

DEN275 Oral Pathology  2 credits

This course provides an introduction to known systemic and local conditions that directly influence oral conditions. Emphasis on the impact of various diseases and resulting oral manifestations will be discussed and illustrated. Focus will include disease etiology, recognition, and process. Emphasis is placed on the role of the dental health care professional as a comprehensive health care provider in the treatment and recognition of oral manifestations caused by disease.
Prerequisite: DEN252

 

DEN276 Hygiene Research 2 credits

This course is a review and evaluation of dental literature pertaining to a research topic of interest for the contemporary dental hygienist. Focus on research methodologies and critical analysis of dental research findings. Students will learn how to collect, and present research data.
Prerequisite: DEN271       

 

DEN277 Dental Anesthesia w/Lab  2 credits

Fundamentals of local anesthesia application and administration are emphasized.  Emphasis is placed on the clinical and didactic skills necessary for the dental hygienist to successfully administer local anesthetics. Focus on oral structures, anatomy, and technique when administering local anesthesia, and indications and contra-indications for use. 
Prerequisite: DEN252

 

DEN278 Dental Law and Ethics  2 credits

This course reviews the professional role of the dental hygienist as a health care provider and attention to the evolving trends of the profession.  Focus on the legal and ethical responsibilities, the dental practice act, malpractice, and the scope of dental hygiene practice. 
Prerequisite: DEN271

 

DEN 303 Community Oral Health I    2 credits

This course defines the dental hygienists’ role in the community. Focus on the basic concepts of oral health data methods, materials, technology, principles and practices in oral public health promotion and disease prevention. This course provides students with a basic understanding of the health care system and the various components and forces that influences the system. Students will be introduced to their role as a community health promoter and preventive educator through a variety of didactic and community service-learning experiences. Two lecture and 4 clinical practice hours per week minimum
Prerequisite: DEN252

 

DEN 304 Community Oral Health II  2 credits

This course further defines the Dental Hygienists’ role in the community.  The course reviews concepts in epidemiology, biostatistics, and other trends in research assessment tools. Focus on planning, evaluating, and implementing dental health care treatment for a targeted community population. Course will focus on strategies for the improvement and access to comprehensive dental care pertaining to the public health. Review of federal and state agencies, public health policies, and public health protocol. Students will continue their role as a community health promoter and preventive educator through a variety of didactic and community service-learning experiences. Two lecture and 4 clinical practice hours per week minimum.
Prerequisite: DEN303

 

 

DIRECTED COURSES

NTR101 Introduction to Nutrition 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the principles and concepts of nutrition including the nature and function of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water, vitamins, and minerals. Diet planning principles and planning guides are explained.

 

 

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

FYS101 First-Year Seminar   1 credits

This seminar serves as an introduction to fundamental academic success strategies. The course also provides opportunities for self-awareness that support students through the transition to college. Campus services, career development, and cross-curricular competencies are also covered. This is a graded course and is a requirement for graduation.

 

ENG103 English Composition I      3 credits

This is a writing-intensive introductory course that emphasizes the writing process, including focus on audiences and purpose in writing, patterns of argument, introductory research, and the review of grammar and mechanics.  Both career and academic documents will be assigned, with the goal of learning to write in a professional style, both in college and beyond.  Students should expect to produce a total of twelve to fifteen pages of edited writing during the course.
Prerequisite: LCNE Placement exam > 79, ENG097, ENG099 or Co-requisite of ENG099

 

ENG104 English Composition II  3 credits

Students will build on the skills learned in English 103 to move beyond the basic college essay to writing more complex essays using causal analysis, persuasion, and argument. This course will focus on reading complex texts, and using the research skills introduced in English 103 to develop, research, write and revise a full-length research paper. Class assignments and discussion will focus on introducing, reinforcing, and emphasizing critical thinking skills in a multi-cultural environment.
Prerequisite: ENG103

 

MTH--- Elective  3 credits

Prerequisite: MTH098 or >79 on Elementary Algebra Placement Test

 

CIS174 Computer Applications 3 credits

This course provides a hands-on overview of computer applications utilizing particular software with emphasis on computer use for business purposes. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software projects are included. Students develop a logical approach to problem-solving in relation to storing, retrieving, and analyzing information for reports and projects. Problems and issues related to computer-based information systems are discussed.

 

COM200 Public Speaking   3 credits

In this course students receive instruction and practice in the techniques of communication, pronunciation and delivery used in all businesses. Students are required to prepare and present speeches. The course also explores a wide variety of interpersonal communication, listening and analytic skills. Role-playing may be employed as a communication tool.
Prerequisite: ENG103

 

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology  3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles underlying mental and behavioral processes, biopsychology, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and language. In addition, research methodology, psychopathology and treatments are discussed.

 

SCI107 Concepts of Chemistry w/ lab   4 credits

This introductory course deals with selected topics in organic, inorganic, and biochemistry. Application of chemistry principles is stressed throughout the course. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week are required.
Prerequisite: LCNE Elementary Algebra Placement Exam > 79 or MTH098

 

SCI113 Biology I w/ lab       4 credits

This course is part of a two term sequence introducing students to the fundamental aspects of biological sciences. In this course, there is emphasis upon cell biology, biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary theory.

 

 

SCI121 Anatomy and Physiology I w/ lab   4 credits

This course is part of a two-term sequence that provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of principles of anatomy and physiology and their interrelationships on cellular, histological and organ system level.

 

SCI122 Anatomy and Physiology II w/ lab 4 credits

This course is the second in a two-term anatomy and physiology sequence. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive study of anatomy and physiology, building upon concepts learned in Anatomy and Physiology I. There will be in-depth investigation of major organ systems of the body including the immune, respiratory and digestive systems. In addition emphasis will be placed on the regulatory mechanisms of the body as well as basic development biology and aging.
Prerequisite: SCI121

 

SCI202 Microbiology w/ lab 4 credits

This course covers information dealing with select microbiological concepts. The interrelationships between microbes and the human host in the determination of disease are stressed and emphasized throughout this course.

 

SOC111 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of society and an analysis of the relationships of people to family, religion, education, politics, economics, and community. Changes in society and an individual’s influence on society are emphasized.

 

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