Catalog 2017-2018 
    Mar 19, 2018  
Catalog 2017-2018

DHYG 243 Introduction to the Profession of Dental Hygiene

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

Prerequisites: Admission to the Dental Hygiene program

Corequisites: DHYG 242 , DHYG 246 , DHYG 247 , and DHYG 256  

Quarters Offered: Summer

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

  • Describe the practice of dental hygiene as a profession
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability of professional obligations
  • 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
  • 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
  • Demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors as they relate to the practice of dental hygiene

Total Hours: 20 Lecture Hours: 20