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Dental Hygiene Learning Outcomes

Dental Hygiene Program graduates will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of written and oral communication
  • Reveal the ability to properly and completely document and record findings and treatments properly and completely in patient records.
  • Demonstrate the ability to determine appropriate treatment protocol for patients
  • Show evidence of having knowledge of the structures of the head and neck and dental anatomy relating to the proper treatment of a patient
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dental hygiene sciences relating to patient assessment, patient treatment, and patient evaluation
  • Show knowledge of the prevention of disease transmission and the use of proper infection control policies and procedures
  • Show the use of caries preventive materials such as fluoride and sealants
  • Present knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of dental materials
  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiation sciences including radiation physics, biology, radiation protection
  • Demonstrate the ability to expose, process and interpret dental radiographs
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate the principles of nutrition and biochemistry into dental hygiene patient care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out critical steps in the prevention, preparation, early recognition and/or appropriate management of common medical emergencies seen in the dental office.
  • Show evidence of having knowledge of periodontal anatomy and the physiology and etiology of periodontal disease.
  • Demonstrate the clinical procedures associated with the management of periodontal disease and maintenance of periodontal health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the necessary research methodologies and statistical analysis needed in the dental hygiene clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create, implement and evaluate a dental health care program in the community.
  • Show evidence of knowledge of the classifications and varieties of common drugs used by potential dental patients along with knowing the pharmacologic effects and adverse reactions
  • Demonstrate the ability to administer local anesthetic properly.
  • Exhibit knowledge of the pharmacokinetics of local and general anesthetic agents and their use.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the professional role as health care provider and member of the dental team.

Program Contact Information

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