Course Descriptions

DHYG 2116—Oral Embryology and Histology
Development and composition of tissues of the oral cavity and related structures. (1 Credit, Lecture/On-line with Face-to-Face Orientation)

DHYG 2119—Dental Hygiene Seminar I
Current scientific literature related to topics in dental hygiene and oral health will be examined to enhance knowledge of the dental hygiene process of care. (1 Credit, Seminar)

DHYG 2211—Introduction to Dental Hygiene Theory
Theory of dental hygiene techniques with an emphasis on increased competency in performing patient assessments, utilization of radiographs, and the detection of decay in relation to the dental hygiene process of care. In addition, the student will be responsible for the skills and knowledge learned in Pre-Clinic, DHYG 2513. This course is designed to prepare the student, both clinically and academically, to funcation as a clinically-competent dental hygienist (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 2215—Oral Anatomy
Anatomy of dental structures. (2 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory)

DHYG 2217—Dental Radiography I
Introduction to radiographic essentials. Emphasis on safety precautions, paralleling technique, and processing of exposed images. (2 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory)

DHYG 2223—Dental Radiography II
Interpretation of radiographic images, biological effects of exposure, extraoral techniques, and interpretation of processed film/digital images for errors. Prerequisite: DHYG 2217. (2 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory)

DHYG 2231—Dental Hygiene Theory I
Further theory of dental hygiene techniques with an emphasis on increased competency in performing patient assessments, utilization of radiographs, and detection of decay in relation to the dental hygiene process of care. This course is designed to continue to prepare the student, both clinically and academically, to function as a clinically-competent dental hygienist. In addition, students will be responsible for the skills and knowledge learned in Introduction to Dental Hygiene Theory. Prerequisites: DHYG 2211, DHYG 2517. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 2314—Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Functions of the major organ systems. Emphasis on physiology, microanatomy, and macroanatomy. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 2327—Dental Materials
Restorative and impression materials and abrasive agents. Includes physical properties and manipulation variables. (3 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory)

DHYG 2331—Dental Hygiene Clinic I
Clinical application of dental hygiene techniques. Emphasis on patient medical history, aseptic techniques, patient assessment procedures, instrumentation, patient management, professional behavior, and instrument sharpening. Prerequisites: DHYG 2211, DHYG 2517. (2 Credits, Lecture/Clinic)

DHYG 2425—Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Includes anatomy of the head and neck with emphasis on osteology, neurology, and the circulatory system. (4 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 2513—Dental Hygiene Preclinic
Orientation and clinical application of instruments and practical experience in performing the oral prophylaxis. (4 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory)

DHYG 2517—Periodontal Instrumentation
Theory and clinical application of dental hygiene techniques with an emphasis on increased competency in the use of periodontal instruments. In addition, the student will be responsible for the skills and knowledge learned in Pre-Clinic, DHYG 2513. This course is designed to prepare the student, both clinically and academically, to function as a clinically-competent dental hygienist. (1 Credit, Lecture)

DHYG 3119—Dental Hygiene Seminar II
Continuation of DHYG 2119 Dental Hygiene Seminar I. Current scientific literature related to topics in dental hygiene and oral health will be examined to enhance knowledge of the dental hygiene process of care. (1 Credit, Seminar)

DHYG 3233—Dental Hygiene Theory II
Further theory of dental hygiene techniques with an emphasis on increased competency in performing patient assessments, utilization of radiographs, and detection of decay in relation to the dental hygiene process of care. This course is designed to continue to prepare the student, both clinically and academically, to function as a clinically-competent dental hygienist. In addition, students will be responsible for the skills and knowledge learned in Dental Hygiene Theory I. Prerequisites: DHYG 2231, DHYG 2331. (2 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3241—Dental Hygiene Theory III
Further theory of dental hygiene techniques with an emphasis on increased competency in performing patient assessments, utilization of radiographs, and detection of decay in relation to the dental hygiene process of care. This course is designed to continue to prepare the student, both clinically and academically, to function as a clinically-competent dental hygienist. In addition, students will be responsible for the skills and knowledge learned in Dental Hygiene Theory II. Prerequisites: DHYG 3231 and DHYG 3331. (2 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3242—Management of Patients with Special Needs
Management techniques for patients with a variety of chronic and disabling conditions and diseases. Includes topics and demonstrations related to head and neck cancer, autoimmune disorders, neurologic and sensory disorders, and management of older adult patients. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3243—Ethics, Jurisprudence and Practice Management
Emphasis on ethical issues, a framework for ethical decision making, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Code of Ethics, ethically based professional responsibilities and legal principles guiding dental care delivery. Dental hygiene and its relationship to dental practice management and the business of dentistry. Includes procedures for patient management, scheduling, record keeping, economic considerations and marketing of dentistry and dental hygiene. (2 Credits, Hybrid)

DHYG 3244—Community Dentistry II
Continuation of DHYG 3344 dental health education and public health. Emphasis on the role of the hygienist in promoting oral health in the private office and community, education methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. DHYG 3245 will incorporate concepts from DHYG 3344 to include a community project with data collection, analysis and evaluation. (2 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory)

DHYG 3245—Dental Hygiene Clinic—Summer
Provides for continuous clinical experience to enhance skills and promote clinical competence. Offered in summer term only. (2 Credit, Clinic) (4 weeks: June)

DHYG 3246—Local Anesthesia
Introduces principles related to local anesthetic injections and provides for the clinical application of techniques. Reviews related anatomical, neuro-physiological, and pharmacological considerations. Prevention and treatment of local and systemic complications of local anesthesia are stressed. (2 Credits, Lecture/Laboratory, Hybrid) (4 weeks: May-June)

DHYG 3331—Dental Hygiene Clinic II
Continuation of Summer Clinic. Includes increased competency in instrumentation and patient management skills on periodontally involved patients. Prerequisite: DHYG 2231, DHYG 2331. (3 Credits, Lecture/Clinic)

DHYG 3332—Pharmacology
Physiologic effects of medications. Emphasis on drugs used by the dental profession. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3333—Nutrition
Introduction to the science of nutrition and its oral relevance. Emphasis on preventive dentistry and counseling for dental disease prevention, which provides a foundation for anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and pathology. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3335—Periodontology
Periodontal diseases and the role of the dental hygienist in their diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3341—Dental Hygiene Clinic III
Continuation of Dental Hygiene Clinic II. Includes increased competency in the use of curets on periodontally involved patients, non-surgical periodontal therapy, mechanical scalers including magnetostrictive and piezo scalers, and time management. Nitrous oxide is taught didactically and with a lab practicum only. Prerequisite: DHYG 3231, DHYG 3331. (3 Credits, Lecture/Clinic)

DHYG 3344—Community Dentistry I
Dental health education and public health. Emphasis on the role of the hygienist in promoting dental health in the private office and community, education methods, biostatistics, and epidemiology. (3 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 3434—Pathology
This course includes the basic concepts of pathology; including inflammation, oral lesions, and changes due to microorganisms, neoplasms, nutrition, and hormonal influence. (4 Credits, Lecture)

DHYG 4411Independent Study
Guided review of the dental hygiene curriculum in preparation for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination. (3 Credits, On-line).