Dental Hygiene Degree Program Curriculum

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

Program Courses

DHY101

DENTAL RADIOLOGY W/ LAB

4

DHY103

HEAD/NECK DENTAL ANATOMY & EMBRYOLOGY

4

DHY105

HYGIENE PRACTICE I

4

DHY106

HYGIENE PRACTICE II

4

DHY108

PERIODONTICS

3

DHY110

DENTAL HYGIENE MATERIALS W/LAB

3

DHY112

NUTRITION FOR DENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

3

DHY201

PHARMACOLOGY AND PAIN MANAGEMENT

4

DHY203

ORAL PATHOLOGY

3

DHY205

HYGIENE PRACTICE III

5

DHY207

PUBLIC ORAL HEALTH AND RESEARCH

4

DHY210

HYGIENE PRACTICE IV

6

DHY212

DENTAL HYGIENE CAPSTONE

3

Directed Courses

HIM113 OR SOC303

HEALTH CARE COMPLIANCE OR DIVERSITY AND MULTI-CULTURALISM

3

General Education

FYS101

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

1

CIS174

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

3

ENG103

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

ENG104

ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

MTH---

MATHEMATICS ELECTIVE

3

PSY101

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

3

SCI107

CONCEPTS OF CHEMISTRY

3

SCI107L

CONCEPTS OF CHEMISTRY LAB

1

SCI113

BIOLOGY

3

SCI113L

BIOLOGY LAB

1

SCI121

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I

3

SCI121L

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I LAB

1

SCI122

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II

3

SCI122L

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II LAB

1

SCI202

MICROBIOLOGY

3

SCI202L

MICROBIOLOGY LAB

1

SOC111

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3

 

 

Minimum total credits required

92

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Carmen Hufcut, M.S.D.H., R.D.H.
Email: chufcut@LincolnCollegeNE.edu
Campus Extension: 40921; 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 “approval 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 CGPA at the conclusion of each term following full acceptance into the program, 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

 

DHY101 Dental Radiology w/ Lab                                                                                                               4 Credits

This course defines the role of the radiographic techniques necessary for clinical dental personnel. Topics include X-
ray characteristics, radiation biology, infection control protocol, quality assurance, and legal considerations. 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, by using of software when viewing the images. Students are taught to identify and compare normal and abnormal anatomical conditions and oral diseases through dental radiographic interpretation. Students’ laboratory practice requires the usage of dental radiology manikins and meeting patient requirements. Supervised instruction is provided for students during all dental radiographic procedures including patient care. Includes lecture and laboratory weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: Programmatic Admissions requirements; Co-requisite: DHY103 and DHY 105

DHY103 Head/Neck Dental Anatomy & Embryology                                                                           4 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. Students will be introduced to the histological   and embryologic development of the oral facial structures. Focus will be on the microscopic morphology of the head and neck region, with emphasis on teeth and supporting structures.

Prerequisite: Programmatic Admissions requirements; Co-requisite: DHY101 and DHY105

DHY105 Hygiene Practice I                                                                                                                           4 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. Incudes lecture and clinical lab practice weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: Programmatic Admissions requirements; Co-requisite: DHY101 and DHY103

DHY 106 Hygiene Practice II                                                                                                                        4 Credits

This course is a continuation of DHY105 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. Includes lecture and clinical practice weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY101; DHY103; DHY105; Co-requisite: DHY108; DHY110; DHY112

DHY108 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. 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.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY101; DHY103; DHY105; Co-requisite: DHY106; DHY110; DHY112

DHY110 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. Includes lecture and laboratory weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY101; DHY103; DHY105; Co-requisite: DHY106; DHY108; DHY112

DHY112 Nutrition for Dental Health Professionals                                                                                3 Credits

This course is specifically tailored to address relevant nutritional concerns in the dental hygiene practice. Offers a balanced and comprehensive view of how nutrition affects dental health. In addition to basic nutritional advice
relevant for dental hygienists, as well as current nutritional concerns, such as high-protein diets, bottled water versus tap water, the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the food guidance system, among others.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY101; DHY103; DHY105; Co-requisite: DHY106; DHY108; DHY110

DHY201 Pharmacology and Pain Management                                                                                       4 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. Also, will introduce the students to the 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. Includes lecture and laboratory weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY106; DHY108; DHY110; DHY112; Co-requisite: DHY203; DHY205; DHY207

DHY203 Oral Pathology                                                                                                                                 3 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: CGPA of 2.8; DHY106; DHY108; DHY110; DHY112; Co-requisite: DHY201; DHY205; DHY207

DHY205 Hygiene Practice II                                                                                                                          5 Credits

This course is a continuation of DHY106 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 students to service a broader population base. Adjunctive clinical procedures include, among others: ultrasonic, root planning and sealants. Seminar is conducive for case study evaluation and reinforces the role of the dental hygienist as a comprehensive health care provider. Includes lecture and clinical practice weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY106; DHY108; DHY110; DHY112; Co-requisite: DHY201; DHY203; DHY207

DHY207 Public Oral Health and Research                                                                                                4 Credits

This course introduces the students to the concepts of public health, issues in health care delivery, with emphasis on access to dental care and the role of the dental hygienist in the promotion of oral health, as well as, prevention of dental diseases in the community. Students are introduced to the principles of research methodology and biostatistics, epidemiological indices, population needs, and community health planning methods for dental education of the public. Through this course, students will acquire knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary for the promotion of dental health and prevention of disease through community based dental health programs. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a diversified community performing preventive dental services. Includes lecture and community outreach weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY106; DHY108; DHY110; DHY112; Co-requisite: DHY201; DHY203; DHY205

DHY210 Hygiene Practice IV                                                                                                                        6 Credits

This course is a continuation of DHY205 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. Includes lectures, clinical practices and community outreach weekly exposure.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY201; DHY203; DHY205; DHY207; Co-requisite: DHY212

DHY212 Dental Hygiene Capstone                                                                                                               3 Credits

In this course students will have the opportunity to enhance and review their knowledge acquired throughout the academic curriculum. Students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to embark upon the professional practice in a private and public clinical setting by gaining employability skills such as résumé preparation, cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Emphasis is placed on ethics in the dental profession preparing for practice, including legal aspects, dental rules and regulations, and the Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics. A portion of this course will be dedicated to assist the students to prepare for the dental hygiene board examinations.

Prerequisite: CGPA of 2.8; DHY201; DHY203; DHY205; DHY207; Co-requisite: DHY210

Directed Courses

 

HIM113 Health Care Compliance                                                                                                    3 Credits

This course covers such topics as the legal system, torts, contracts, administrative law, responsibilities of healthcare providers, rights of the patient as a consumer, and patients’ rights regarding informed consent and confidentiality.

Or

SOC303 Diversity and Multi-culturalism                                                                                         3 Credits

This course examines the concept of “multi-culturalism” through the analysis of anthropological studies and writings. It additionally incorporates theoretical frameworks through which “diversity” as a global concept and phenomenon is explored. The course will be supplemented by the use of film, art and the exploration of ritual, tradition and ideology as it pertains to both American and foreign cultures worldwide.

Prerequisite: SOC111

General Education Courses

 

FYS101 First-Year Seminar                                                                                                                 1 Credit

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. If a student transfers the programmatically required equivalent of 9 credits or more of college-level coursework, the student will be waived from FYS and the credit will be applied

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.

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.

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--- Mathematics Elective                                                                                                           3 Credits

 

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                                                                                                          3 Credits

This introductory course deals with selected topics in organic, inorganic, and biochemistry. The application of chemistry principles is stressed throughout the course.

SCI107L Concepts of Chemistry Lab                                                                                                1 Credit

This is the companion lab for SCI107 Concepts of Chemistry.

SCI113 Biology                                                                                                                                    3 Credits

This course considers the basic concepts of the life sciences, with emphasis on the physical and chemical nature of living matter, the form and function of the cell and organism. Selected topics in structural, functional, and developmental biology are included.

SCI113L Biology Lab                                                                                                                          1 Credit

This is the companion lab for SCI113 Biology.

SCI121 Anatomy and Physiology I                                                                                                     3 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.

SCI121L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab                                                                                            1 Credit

This is the companion lab for SCI121 Anatomy and Physiology I.

SCI122 Anatomy and Physiology II                                                                                                     3 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 and SCI121L

SCI122L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab                                                                                            1 Credit

This is the companion lab for SCI122 Anatomy and Physiology II

Prerequisite: SCI121 and SCI121L

SCI202 Microbiology                                                                                                                           3 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.

SCI202L Microbiology Lab                                                                                                                 1 Credit

This is the companion lab for SCI202 Microbiology

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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