Student Learning Outcomes | Dental Hygiene

Graduates of the BS Degree Dental Hygiene Program at Pacific University will demonstrate the following competencies:

Provide the dental hygiene process of care which includes:

  • Assessment – collect and analyze data to determine general and oral health status of patients.
  • Diagnosis – identify oral health conditions that can be treated with dental hygiene services.
  • Planning – develop a dental hygiene care plan that reflects realistic goals and treatment strategies to promote optimal oral health.
  • Implementation – provide patient-centered dental hygiene care based on current standards of practice and emerging scientific research.
  • Evaluation – measure the extent to which goals identified in the dental hygiene care plan are achieved.
  • Documentation – record complete and accurate information related to patient care.

-Follow protocols to prevent, prepare for and respond to medical emergencies that may occur in dental hygiene practice.

-Provide dental hygiene care for patients of all age groups including children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

-Provide dental hygiene care for patients who exhibit all classifications of periodontal disease including patients who exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease.

-Provide dental hygiene care for patients with special medical, physical, psychological and social needs.

-Incorporate expanded functions into dental hygiene care including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation, gingival curettage and restorative dental procedures.

-Use problem solving strategies to provide comprehensive patient care and effective management of patients.

-Provide dental hygiene care in a variety of settings without the supervision of a dentist.

-Use interpersonal skills and cultural awareness to communicate effectively with diverse population groups including dental patients who speak Spanish.

-Work effectively with patients and providers in a variety of dental and interprofessional health care settings.

-Assess, plan, implement and evaluate community-based oral health programs including health promotion and disease prevention activities.

-Apply principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision making and professional responsibility as they pertain to the academic environment, research, patient care and practice management.

-Apply legal and regulatory concepts to the provision and support of oral health care services.

-Evaluate current scientific literature to support evidence-based dental hygiene practice.

-Use self-assessment skills to prepare for life-long learning and continuing professional development.

-Demonstrate skills needed to pursue opportunities in clinical practice, public health, education, research, business management, administration, advocacy and leadership.

Program Purpose

The BS Degree Dental Hygiene Program at Pacific University prepares students to become dental hygienists who provide compassionate, patient-centered care to diverse patient populations in a variety of health care settings.