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Dental Hygiene Courses

DH 115 Oral, Head and Neck Anatomy

3-0-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to head and neck anatomy; dental nomenclature; primary and permanent tooth development, anatomy, function, terminology and occlusion will be included.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 101 and CIS 103.

DH 121 Oral Histology and Embryology

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Study of the embryologic development of orofacial organs and structure and the microscopic examination of tissue structures through the development and organization of these organs.
Prerequisites:
DH 115, DH 135, DH 150, DH 191 and BIOL 109.

DH 135 Dental Radiology

2-3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

Theoretical information will be presented to enable the students to competently expose dental radiographs first on a mannequin, then on patients in the dental clinic and in private practice. Discussions will include the health, safety and welfare of both the operator and the patient.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 101 and CIS 103.
Additional course fee: $90.*

DH 150 Dental Auxiliary Practices

3-3-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

This lecture and preclinical course will include principles and utilization of chair-side dental assisting, dental laboratory skills, dental materials and dental specialties. This foundation and theory will provide a foundation which will increase students’ proficiency level for the treatment of the dental patient.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 101 and CIS 103.
Additional course fee: $90.*

DH 165 Nutrition and Biochemistry in Dentistry

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

Introduction to the principles of human nutrition including energy metabolism with emphasis on carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and their action in the body particularly as related to oral health. Also included are the role of vitamins and minerals and the application of the relationship of food sources to oral health. In addition, students are introduced to the analysis of diets for patient evaluation and education.
Prerequisites:
DH 115, DH 135, DH 150, DH 191, and BIOL 109.

DH 191 Clinical Dental Hygiene I

2-0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

Discussion will include basic principles, terminology, charting and practice of dental hygiene, disease prevention and dental health education. Students will develop manual skills necessary for instrumentations while performing preventive and therapeutic services. Legal, ethical and management aspects of total patient care will be discussed. Theory is used to support those procedures during clinical experiences.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 101, CIS 103 and CPR certification.
Additional course fee: $150.*

DH 192 Clinical Dental Hygiene II

2-0-6-3
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a continuation of DH 191. The focus is on preparing students to perform traditional dental hygiene clinical techniques. They learn about instrumentation (sharpening, designs and uses of dental hygiene instruments) and tooth examination through radiographs and digital intraoral photography. Students also learn about tooth treatments, including deposit and stain removal, selective coronal polishing, and fluoride applications. They prepare and use study models, learn about the care of removable dental prosthesis, and develop treatment plans in preparation for the clinical work in DH 293. Students are provided with the opportunity to practice learned clinical skills on peers.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 109, DH 115, DH 135, DH 150, DH 191 and ENGL 102 (ENGL 102 may be taken concurrently with DH 192).
Additional course fee: $150.*

DH 210 Local Anesthesia

2-3-0-3
Credit Hours: 3

During this course, the dental hygiene student will be introduced to oro-facial anatomy, physiology and pathology, to the local anesthesia armamentarium and to anesthesia treatment and application. Additionally, the student will participate in hands-on application of oro-facial anesthesia administration in pre-clinic lab and clinical component settings.
Prerequisites:
DH 121, DH 165, DH 192 and BIOL 110.
Additional course fee: $90.*

DH 241 Oral Pathology

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Acquaints the dental hygiene student with oral anomalies manifested by development, metabolic disturbances and disease. Emphasis will be directed toward the recognition of these pathological conditions from direct observations of patients, radiographs and slides of pertinent structures.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 102, BIOL 110, DH 165, DH 192 and DH 121.

DH 245 Dental Pharmacology and Pain Management

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Familiarizes the dental hygienist with the medications that patients may be taking and drugs that may be administered in the dental practice. It also will provide insight into the mechanism of drug action and interaction in the body. Anesthetics will be reviewed with a discussion of pain management techniques. The classification of different types of medications with examples and their uses will be discussed.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 102, BIOL 110, DH 165, DH 121 and DH 192.

DH 247 Periodontics

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

Encompasses the study of clinical and histological characteristics of normal, pathological and etiological factors of periodontal disease. Emphasis is placed on correlating basic sciences with clinical aspects of periodontics. Wound healing, various modes of periodontal therapy including surgical techniques and preventive maintenance will be addressed.
Prerequisites:
ENGL 102, BIOL 110, DH 121, DH 192 and DH 165.

DH 271 Community Dentistry

3-0-1-3
Credit Hours: 3

Principles of public health in relation to dental hygienist roles in providing health care to the community is addressed. Field assignments and/or community service in approved settings permit student participation in community health care planning and familiarization with patterns of comprehensive health care services and the appropriate dental team roles.
Prerequisites:
DH 241, 245, 247, 293 and BIOL 241.
Pre- or corequisite: ENGL 115.
Additional course fee: $90.*

DH 293 Clinical Dental Hygiene III

4-0-12-6
Credit Hours: 6

Continuation of DH 192, with emphasis on additional clinical techniques and patients with “special needs,” along with examination of a variety of medical emergencies that may occur in the dental practice.
Prerequisites:
BIOL 110, ENGL 102, DH 165, DH 121 and DH 192.
Additional course fee: $300.*

DH 294 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

3-1-18-6
Credit Hours: 6

Continuation of DH 293. Laboratory and/or clinical practice of more advanced aspects of the delivery of dental hygiene care.
Prerequisites:
DH 241, DH 245, DH 247, DH 293 and BIOL 241.
Pre- or corequisite: ENGL 115.
Additional course fee: $300.*

DH 295 Clinical Dental Hygiene V

1-0-8-2
Credit Hours: 2

Course work designed to prepare the Dental Hygiene student for the working world. Resume writing and job interview techniques will be taught. Career directions and the future of dental hygiene will be addressed. Clinical expertise will be refined in this course. Time management, in conjunction with total patient care, will be emphasized.
Prerequisites:
DH 271, DH 294 and ENGL 115.
Additional course fee: $300.*

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.