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DHYG 114 Principles & Issues in Dental Hygiene I

2 credits
This course introduces the student to dental hygiene. Current concepts of dental hygiene practice are examined with emphasis on the problem-solving process, professional ethics, and the responsibilities of the dental hygienist to the profession.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Dental Hygiene program.

Corequisites: DHYG 111 , DHYG 112 , DHYG 113 , DHYG 115 , DHYG 116 , DHYG 118 , DHYG 119 .

Quarters Offered: Fall

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the practice of dental hygiene as a profession
  • Recognize responsibility and accountability as professional obligations
  • Explain the basic principles of organization and time management underlying successful dental hygiene practice
  • Identify the basic principles and concepts of teaching and learning as they relate to dental hygiene practice
  • Explain the principles of self-directed learning as they relate to continuing dental hygiene education and practice
  • Identify the basic components of the problem-solving process (i.e., assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation)
  • Describe how the problem-solving process is used as a model for the practice of dental hygiene
  • Apply basic interpersonal skills in interactions with dental patients, colleagues, and staff
  • Identify the ethics and the legal issues involved in the practice of dental hygiene
  • Explain the purpose and components of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) Code of Ethics
  • Explain the professional role and responsibilities of the dental hygienist related to the community, dental profession, dental team, and client
  • Exhibit professional attitudes and behaviors as they relate to the practice of dental hygiene