Dental Hygiene Program
Course Descriptions

DHS-311 Dental Hygiene Seminar I

This course provides an introduction to dental hygiene principles and practice. The dental hygiene profession, dental law & ethics, disease transmission, exposure control, principles of instrumentation, patient assessment, oral conditions, basic disease control methods and dental recordkeeping are included. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-312 Dental Hygiene Seminar II

This course provides further study of dental hygiene principles and practice. Planning dental hygiene care, adjunctive disease control methods and management of medical emergencies are included. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-313 Dental Hygiene Seminar III

This course addresses non-surgical periodontal therapy in terms of expected outcomes, appointment planning, pain control, power instrumentation and supplemental care procedures. Topics include dental materials, periodontal dressings, suture removal and care for acute periodontal conditions. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-321 Dental Hygiene Clinic I

This course introduces application of patient assessment and instrumentation skills. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting using teaching manikins and student partners. Pass/No Pass. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-322 Dental Hygiene Clinic II

This course provides development of dental hygiene clinical skills with an emphasis on patient assessment, instrumentation and preventive techniques. The student will provide dental hygiene services to patients in a supervised clinical setting. Graded Pass/No Pass. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-323 Dental Hygiene Clinic III

This course provides further development of dental hygiene clinical skills with emphasis on non-surgical periodontal therapy and restorative dental procedures. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical setting using teaching manikins, student partners and patients. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-325 Pain Management

This course provides a study of anxiety and pain management techniques used in dental care. Components of pain, pain control mechanisms, topical anesthesia, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation are included. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-330 Dental Science

This course provides an integrated study of the anatomy, histology and embryonic development of the oral cavity, teeth, head and neck. Emphasis is placed on application of dental science to clinical practice. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce course content. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

DHS-335 Dental Radiology

This course provides an overview of dental radiology principles and techniques. Topics include x-ray production, radiation safety, exposure techniques, film processing and mounting, radiographic interpretation and patient management. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting using teaching manikins, student partners and patients. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-340 Periodontics

This course provides a study of the progression and treatment of periodontal disease. Topics include periodontal anatomy, disease classification, etiology, clinical examination, treatment planning, non-surgical periodontal therapy and surgical techniques. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-342 Cariology

This course provides a study of the various microbial, host and dietary factors involved in the etiology, prevention and treatment of dental decay, with an emphasis on risk assessment, treatment planning, and patient counseling. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-345 Oral Medicine

This course presents a systems approach to common medical conditions which includes signs and symptoms, pathophysiology, treatment options and modifications for dental care. Therapeutic drugs are discussed in terms of mechanism of action, indications, effects and dental considerations. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-355 Spanish for Dental Professions I

This course provides an introduction to Hispanic cultures and the use of Spanish language to promote effective dental communication with Spanish-speaking individuals and groups. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-356 Spanish for Dental Professions II

This course provides further development of Spanish language skills to enhance dental communication with Spanish-speaking individuals and groups. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-360 Oral Pathology

This course provides a study of abnormal conditions of the head, neck and oral cavity which includes clinical appearance, etiology and treatment options. Emphasis is placed on common oral lesions and the inter-relationship between oral and systemic conditions. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-370 Dental Communication

This course provides theory and practice in use of interpersonal communication skills for dental health professionals. A primary objective of this course is to empower students to achieve personal and professional goals through the use of effective communication skills. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-375 Dental Health Education

This course addresses health promotion and disease prevention strategies that can be used to assist individuals and groups to improve their oral health. Students are introduced to basic techniques and strategies used in planning and carrying out health education programs in a variety of settings. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-380 DH Care for Diverse Populations

This course addresses the economic, social and cultural issues that affect demand for and access to dental health care. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness, enhancing communication and promoting positive change in health care delivery. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-414 Dental Hygiene Seminar IV

This course addresses dental hygiene care for patients with special dental, medical, physical, and mental conditions. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-415 Dental Hygiene Seminar V

This course provides an overview of the dental health care delivery system including practice settings, credentialing, regulation, legal considerations, ethical issues, professional associations and dental office procedures. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-416 Dental Hygiene Seminar VI

This course provides an overview of dental hygiene career opportunities and career planning strategies. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-424 Dental Hygiene Clinic IV

This course provides further development of dental hygiene clinical skills with emphasis on providing care to special needs patients. The student will provide dental hygiene services to patients in a supervised clinical setting. Graded Pass/No Pass. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-425 Dental Hygiene Clinic V

This course provides further development of dental hygiene clinical skills with emphasis on self-assessment, evaluation of treatment outcomes and peer review. The student will provide dental hygiene services to patients in supervised clinical setting. Graded Pass/No Pass. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-426 Dental Hygiene Clinic VI

This course focuses on transition to professional dental hygiene practice with emphasis on comprehensive treatment planning and independent decision making. The student will provide dental hygiene services to patients in a clinical setting with limited supervision. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-434 Dental Hygiene Fieldwork I

This course provides experiential opportunities to explore the professional roles of the dental hygienist in inter-professional healthcare settings and with diverse population groups. The student will participate in fieldwork at off-campus affiliation sites. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-435 Dental Hygiene Fieldwork II

This course provides additional experiential opportunities to explore the professional roles of the dental hygienist in inter-professional healthcare settings and with diverse population groups. The student will participate in fieldwork at off-campus affiliation sites. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-436 Dental Hygiene Fieldwork III

This course provides advanced experiential opportunities to explore the professional roles of the dental hygienist in interprofessional healthcare settings and with diverse population groups. The student will participate in fieldwork at off-campus affiliation sites. Prerequisite: DHS 416 and DHS 426. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-440 Dental Public Health & Research I

This course provides a study of the dental research process including problem identification, literature review, research design, data collection, statistical analysis, interpretation of results and presentation of findings. Introduces skills and tools that enable the dental health professional to read and apply scientific literature to clinical practice. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-445 Restorative Dental Procedures

This course provides a study of materials and procedures used in restorative and prosthetic dentistry. Amalgam, composite and provisional restorative materials are included. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce course content. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

DHS-446 Restorative Clinic

This course focuses on application of restorative dental procedures. The student will provide restorative dental services to patients in a supervised clinical setting. Graded Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-448 Restorative Seminar

This course provides discussion of restorative dental procedures and specialty dental practices. Prerequisite: DHS 445. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-449 Restorative Exam Practice

This elective course will provide an opportunity for students to gain additional practice in placing dental restorations on typodont teeth. Emphasis is placed on preparation for restorative board examination. May be repeated for credit. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-450 Dental Public Health & Research II

This course addresses the prevention and treatment of dental disease through community oral health initiatives. Emphasis is placed on assessment of oral health needs, planning and evaluation of dental public health programs, and identification of career opportunities within public health settings. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-455 Current Issues for Dental Professions

This course examines current issues which affect dental professionals and the delivery of dental health care. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-462 Teaching Strategies for Dental Prof

This course provides an overview of teaching strategies which can be used to convey information to individuals, small groups and large audiences in a variety of academic settings. Resources used to pursue careers in dental hygiene education will be explored. Learning styles, behavioral objectives, teaching methods, instructional materials, teaching psychomotor skills and evaluation of learning are included. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-465 Business Management for Dental Prof

This course provides a study of basic principles of business with emphasis on application of business management skills in dental health care settings. Management styles, organizational structure, strategic planning, finances, marketing, human resources, labor relations, information technology, quality control and risk management are included. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-470 Introduction to Independent Practice

This course provides an overview of independent practice for dental hygienists including state regulation, employment opportunities, business models, marketing, reimbursement and community relations. 3 credits.
Credits: 3.00

DHS-475 Internship

This course enables the student to participate in a workplace experience in a health care or educational setting. May be repeated for credit. Variable credit. Graded Pass/No Pass.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-490 Dental Capstone

This course provides the student with the opportunity to pursue concentrated study of a dental-related topic through a research project or internship experience. The student will work with a faculty mentor to plan, implement and evaluate their capstone project. Will be taught in Fall for 1 credit and Spring for 2 credits for a total of 3 credits. Graded Pass/No Pass. 1-2 credits.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-491 Dental Hygiene Capstone I

The capstone project provides the student with an opportunity to develop and implement a community-based program. In this course, the student will begin the capstone project by gathering background research, developing a needs assessment and submitting an institutional review board proposal. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

DHS-492 Dental Hygiene Capstone II

The capstone project provides the student with an opportunity to develop and implement a community-based program. In this course, the student will complete the capstone project by developing, implementing and evaluating the community-based program. The student will complete a final paper and present the capstone project in a public forum. Pass/No Pass. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

DHS-495 Independent Study

This course enables the student to pursue an individual research or program development project. May be repeated for credit. Variable credits. Graded Pass/No Pass.
Credits: 1.00