Dental Hygiene Course Listing

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DH 4: Periodontics 2

3.0 units – 45 hours

This course focuses on procedures applicable to the treatment of moderate to advanced periodontal disease, the maintenance of the periodontal patient, the assessment and treatment of periodontal emergencies, the ethical and clinical responsibilities in periodontal disorders, and the relationship and legal ramifications of periodontics in the broad scope of dentistry.

DH 10: Oral Biology

3.0 units – 45 hours

DH 110: Oral Biology Lab

NC – 15 hours

This course covers the study of embryology and histology of oral structural formation, clinical recognition of normal oral structures, the physiological and structural functions of teeth and supporting tissues, and oral anatomy relative to the proper dental hygiene procedures.

DH 11: Oral Radiology

2.0 units – 30 hours

DH 111: Oral Radiology Lab

1.0 unit – 30 hours

These courses provide the didactic, laboratory and clinical learning experiences to enable the student to distinguish the normal anatomical features of the oral cavity as they appear radiographically. Normal and pathological conditions, placing film for x-rays, and analyzing the quality of exposed radiographs will be covered.

DH 12: Head and Neck Anatomy

3.0 units – 45 hours

DH 112: Head and Neck Anatomy Lab

NC – 15 hours

This course covers the anatomical structures of the head and neck regions and relates these structures to the clinical practice of dental hygiene.

DH 13: Dental Health Education

2.0 units – 30 hours

This course covers the principles and practices of prevention and control of dental disease with emphasis on plaque control, motivation and chair-side patient education.

DH 14: Introduction to Clinic

2.0 units – 30 hours

DH 114: Introduction to Clinic Lab

1.0 units – 120 hours

This course provides an introduction to the clinical procedures and skills needed for dental hygiene. This course is graded Pass or Fail.

DH 20: Local Anesthesia Lecture

1.0 unit – 15 hours

DH 120: Local Anesthesia Lab

1.0 unit – 45 hours

This course examines the pharmacology and physiology of local anesthetic agents and their proper use in dental hygiene therapy. The anatomy of the Trigeminal nerve, the physiology of nerve conduction and the mode of action of local anesthetic agents are included. Prevention and management of emergencies in the dental setting will be reviewed. The theory, rationale and protocol for nitrous oxide/oxygen administration will be explored. Students will have opportunity to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen in the laboratory setting.

DH 21: General and Oral Pathology

4.0 units – 60 hours

This course examines the pathological processes of inflammation, immunology defense, degeneration, neoplasm, developmental disorders, and healing and repair. Abnormalities in the human body with a special emphasis on normal and abnormal conditions in the oral cavity are covered.

DH 22: Patient Management and Geriatrics

2.0 units – 30 hours

This course teaches the characteristics of individual patients, their motivation and management as well as interpersonal communications. Treatment of the compromised patient and myofunctional therapy is presented.

DH 24: Clinical Seminar 1

1.0 unit – 15 hours

DH 124: Clinical Seminar 1

Lab 1.0 unit – 30 hours

These courses provide expanded clinical learning experiences through lectures and demonstrations. Items to be introduced are instrumentation using gracey curets and files, air polishing, and management of medical emergencies. Items to be reviewed are principles of instrumentation, sharpening, and ultrasonic scaling.

Lab Application: This course provides an expanded clinical learning experience through lectures and demonstrations. Items to be introduced are instrumentation using gracey curets and files, air polishing, and management of medical emergencies. Items to be reviewed are principles of instrumentation, sharpening, and ultrasonic scaling.

DH 26: Community Oral Health

2.0 units – 30 hours

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of dental public health. Emphasis is placed on the role of the dental hygienist as an innovator of, and an educator in, community health programs. Public health issues will be introduced and thoroughly discussed.

DH 30: Periodontics 1

3.0 units – 45 hours

This course includes identification of the normal periodontium and recognition of deviations from normal; the etiology and principles of periodontal diseases, examination procedures, treatment and preventive measures.

DH 31: Pharmacology

3.0 units – 45 hours

This course includes the classification and study of drugs according to original, physical and chemical properties and the therapeutic effect and values, particularly of drugs used in dentistry.

DH 32: Dental Materials

4.0 units – 30 hours

DH 132: Dental Materials Lab

1.0 unit – 30 hours

These courses cover the composition and use of various materials used in dental procedures, and the fundamentals of chair-side assisting while using dental materials. The concepts of the entire dental team in performing responsibilities in the care of oral dentition will also be covered.

DH 33: Clinic Seminar 2 Advanced Clinical Topics

1.0 unit – 15 hours

DH 133: Clinic Seminar 2 Advanced Clinical Topics Lab

1.0 units – 30 hours

These courses focus on soft tissue diagnosis and evaluation. The student will enhance clinical understanding of comprehensive periodontal treatment plans b preparing various treatment plans. Students will learn criteria for use of advanced instrumentation strategies, soft tissue management and post-treatment procedures for use on (or applicable to) periodontally involved cases.

DH 42: Clinical Seminar 3

2.0 units – 30 hours

This course provides students with an opportunity to develop and present case studies taken from their own clinical experience. Employment opportunities specific and unique to the profession of dental hygiene are discussed. Students will become familiar with processes necessary to the day to day operation of a dental practice such as risk management and insurance billing. Occasional guest speakers on topics pertinent to the profession of dental hygiene will enhance the course.

DH 45: Nutrition

1.0 units – 30 hours

This course provides the basic principles of nutrition and their relationship to dental health. Students will perform dietary surveys on clinic patients and plan nutritional dietary programs.

DH 46: Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

2.0 units – 30 hours

This course looks at the ethical and legal considerations of practice in the field of dental hygiene. Fundamental factors, such as professional responsibility, decision making, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 are addressed. This course covers the regulation of the practice of Dental Hygiene with the focus on the policies of the state dental practice act and the code of ethics of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

DH 123: Clinical Practice 1

3.0 units – 120 hours

This course provides the novice to beginning learner clinical experience in the treatment of adults and children utilizing skills of oral inspection, cancer screening, dental and periodontal charting, radiographic technique, plaque control instructions, scaling, polishing and fluoride application. This course is graded Pass or Fail.

DH 134: Clinical Practice 2

4.0 units – 180 hours

This course provides the beginning learner experiences in the treatment of dental hygiene patients by expanding on the procedures and techniques introduced in earlier courses. This course is graded Pass or Fail.

DH 143: Clinical Practice 3

5.0 units – 240 hours

This course provides students with the opportunity to become competent in the clinical skills learned and practiced in previous clinical courses and to prepare them for success on their state and national board examinations. This course is graded Pass or Fail.

DH 399: Dental Hygiene Review Seminar 1

NC – 30 hours

This course presents an overview of all dental hygiene theory for the purpose of National Board Exam review. This course is not graded and does not receive credit.

DH 499: Dental Hygiene Review Seminar 2

1.0 unit – 30 hours

This course presents an overview of all dental hygiene theory for the purpose of National Board Exam review. Professional development and employment skills including resume writing, interview techniques, and personalized job search planning will be covered in this class. The final grade in this class includes projects and assignments related to professional development and employment skills. This course satisfies the CSS100 graduation requirements.

DH 601: Dental Hygiene Review

NC – 15 hours

This course focuses on review for the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam. Students will be required to complete some of the course through self-study and completion of assignments, pre and post-tests. This course is not a requirement for obtaining a degree in dental hygiene. This course is graded Pass or Fail.

DH 602: Dental Hygiene Clinical Experience

NC – 45 hours

This course focuses on the clinical skills to be utilized during the State Dental Hygiene exam. Patient selection, case management, and clinical practice will be covered. Students may use approved extramural dental sites for their clinical portion of the class. Enrollment in this course is required for students to continue their clinical experience until the time of the California State Dental Hygiene Board Examination. Upon passing the California State Dental Hygiene Board Examination or showing satisfactory performance in the clinical setting, students will receive a passing grade. Enrollment in DH 602 may be extended through two additional California Dental Hygiene Board Examinations. This course is not a requirement for obtaining a degree in dental hygiene. This course is graded Pass or Fail.