Curriculum & Courses

Syllabi

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Clinical Dental Hygiene Program Curriculum

Please note: Course curriculum is subject to change.

First Year: DH 1 Summer Term

Course # Course Credits Faculty
BSC 8070 Immunology 1.5 M. Elftman
BSC 8150 Histology 3.5 M. Wheater
DHY 8080 Oral Health Assessment DEF M. VanHook
DHY 8100 Dental Hygiene Care I DEF M. VanHook
DHY 8130 Radiology DEF D. Kacir/K. Okolisan-Mulligaan
DHY 8170 Dental Anatomy DEF M. Coleman
DHY 8280 Scientific Literature 2 A. Neely / J. Jaeger
DHY 8320 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues 1 J. Jaeger
DZD 8020 Course Evaluation DEF E. Newness
Total 8

DH 1 Fall Term

Course # Course Credits Faculty
BSC 8040 Integrated Biomedical Sciences I 2 J. Scheys/W.C. Foong
BSC 8120 Head and Neck Anatomy 2 S. Chand
BSC 8140 Oral Microbiology 1.5 E. Krukonis
DHY 8080 Oral Health Assessment 3 M. VanHook
DHY 8100 Dental Hygiene Care I 5 M. VanHook
DHY 8130 Radiology 3.5 D. Kacir/K. Okolisan-Mulligan
DHY 8150 Principles of Dental Materials 3 J. Jaeger
DHY 8170 Dental Anatomy 2 M. Coleman
DHY 8230 Periodontal Therapy I 1 M. VanHook / L. Cabanilla-Jacobs
DZD 8020 Course Evaluation DEF E. Newness
Total 23

DH 1 Winter Term

Course # Course Credits Faculty
BSC 8050 Integrated Biomedical Sciences II 4 S. Chand/W.C. Foong/J. Scheys
BSC 8190 Infectious Diseases for Dental Hygiene 2 E. Krukonis
CLN 8140 Clinic Dental Hygiene I / Clinic Rounds 2 E. Relich
DHS 8200 Pain and Anxiety Control 2 M. Coleman / L. Cabanilla-Jacobs
DHY 8140 Strategies for the Prevention of Oral Diseases 3 M. VanHook
DHY 8180 The Child and Adolescent Patient 1 C. Zeitz
DHY 8190 Orthodontics .5 K. Kang
DHY 8300 Periodontal Therapy II 1 L. Cabanilla-Jacobs
DZD 8020 Course Evaluation .5 E. Newness
Total 16

Second Year: DH 2 Summer Term

Course # Course Credits Faculty
BSC 8260 General and Oral Pathology for Dental Hygiene DEF J. Ojha
CLN 8150  Clinic Dental Hygiene II 3 E. Relich
CLN 8280 Clinical RDA Expanded Functions DEF (Elective) J. Jaeger / M. Buehner
COM 8210 Concepts in Community Health 1 P. Gibes / K. Shepherd
DHY 8210 Special Patient Care 2 M. Buehner / B. Purifoy-Seldon
DHY 8350 Scientific Presentation DEF K. Shepherd / M. Wheater
DZD 8020 Course Evaluation DEF E. Newness
Total 6

DH 2 Fall Term

Course # Course Credits Faculty
BSC 8260 General and Oral Pathology for Dental Hygiene 2.5 J. Ojha
CLN 8260 Clinic Dental Hygiene III 5 E. Relich
CLN 8280 Clinical RDA Explanded Functions DEF (Elective) J. Jaeger / M. Buehner
COM 8220 Community Oral Health Education 2 P. Gibes / K. Shepherd
DHS 8110 Physical Assessment and Management of Medical Emergencies 2 C. Sordyl
DHY 8220 National Board Review DEF (Pass/Fail) J. Jaeger / K. Shepherd
DHY 8350 Scientific Presentations 1 K. Shepherd / M. Wheater
DZD 8020 Course Evaluation DEF E. Newness
Total 12

DH 2 Winter Term

Course # Course Credits Faculty
CLN 8270 Clinic Dental Hygiene IV 4 E. Relich
CLN 8280 Clinical RDA Expanded Functions .5 (Elective) J. Jaeger / M. Buehner
COM 8230 Community Oral Heath Education II .5 P. Gibes / K. Shepherd
DHY 8200 Concepts in Professionalism 3 M. Buehner / J. Jaeger
DHY 8220 National Board Review 0 (Pass/Fail) J. Jaeger / K. Shepherd
DHY 8240 Ethical and Legal Issues II 2 J. Jaeger
DHY 8250 Radiographic Interpretation 1

A. Balasundaram / K. Okolisan-Mulligan

DHY 8330 Management of Evidenced-Based Dental Hygiene Care 1

M. Wheater / K. Okolisan-Mulligan 

DZD 8020 Course Evaluation .5 E. Newmess
Total 12-12.5

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Dental Hygiene Curriculum - Course Descriptions

DH I – Summer Term

BSC 8070 Immunology

This course provides the dental hygiene student with a basic understanding of the principles of immunology and the relationship between the immune system and health and disease.

BSC 8150 Histology

The purpose of Histology is to provide foundation knowledge of the structure-function relationship between cells and tissues of the human body. Additionally, the purpose of Histology is to provide foundation knowledge of the development of the orofacial region and the teeth, and of structure-function relationships of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and teeth.

 

DHY 8080 Oral Health Assessment

The purpose of this course is to introduce patient assessment skills utilized in the Dental Hygiene Process of Care.  Concepts and techniques of assessment will be introduced and practiced in the classroom and/or clinical setting with fellow students as patients. Assessment skills introduced include the following: Medicolegal Documentation, Medical/Dental History, Common Medical Conditions and Medications, Accessing and Documenting Drug Information, Vital Signs, Communication for assessment, interprofessional and cultural interactions, Head and Neck Examination and Lesion Description, Dental and Periodontal Assessment.  This course will prepare the student for the assessment portion of patient care in the clinical courses.

DHY 8100 Dental Hygiene Care I

The purpose of the course is to introduce the dental hygiene process of care with a focus on periodontal instrumentation.  Concepts and techniques of instrumentation are practiced in both the simulation laboratory with simulators and in the clinical setting with fellow students as patients.  Periodontal instruments, ultrasonic/sonic instrumentation and assessment instruments will be introduced.  Additional skills introduced include: infection control, body mechanics, oral hygiene instruction, professional fluoride application, removal of extrinsic stain (polishing/air polishing), and instrument sharpening. 

DHY 8130 Radiology

This course prepares the dental hygiene student to practice the science of oral and maxillofacial radiology.  Topics include radiation physics, the mechanisms of x-ray generation, the effects of exposure factors on the x-ray beam, and the interactions of x-radiation and matter.  Other topics covered include image production and intraoral image receptors (digital and film).  Emphasis is placed on identifying and correcting errors resulting from improper exposure and processing.  Techniques of intraoral radiography and identification and correction of errors in technique are strongly emphasized and presented both in class and in the pre-clinical part of the course,.  Radiation biology and protective measures are presented, with quality assurance protocols discussed in the context of radiation dose reduction.  The course concludes with identification of normal radiographic landmarks, the principles of radiographic interpretation, detection of dental caries, recognition of periapical diseases and common bony lesions, and infection control procedures.  This course will prepare and develop the student’s ability to think conceptually and to use problem-solving skills. 

DHY 8170 Dental Anatomy

This course is designed to introduce the dental hygiene student to the oral cavity and its adjoining structures, including the function, structure, morphology, and nomenclature of the human dentition. 

DHY 8280 Scientific Literature

This course will prepare the dental hygiene student to critically read and assess scientific literature.  Foundation knowledge in the Scientific Method and in Evidence Based Decision Making will be presented.  Topics include:  (a) components of professional articles and publications, (b) research methods, and (c) basic statistical concepts.

DHY 8320 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Principles

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the ethical and legal principles guiding the decision making and practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting. An introductory examination of ethical theories, moral principles and the development of critical thinking skills will be presented. The scope of practice and licensure requirements of the dental hygienist and dental assistant will be analyzed. Students will be required to develop a class code of ethics, and address hypothetical dilemmas utilizing an ethical decision making model. 

DH I – Fall Term

BSC 8040 Integrated Biomedical Sciences I

The purpose of the course is to provide an introductory, integrated physiological and pharmacological knowledge on cellular and neurobiology, autonomic nervous systems, and the pharmacokinetics and therapeutics basis for analgesics, anti-infective and cancer chemotherapy agents as it applies to dental hygiene care.

BSC 8120 Head and Neck Anatomy

The purpose of the course is to provide foundation knowledge in the anatomy of the head and neck that will prepare the student for other courses in the dental hygiene curriculum, and for the practice of dental hygiene.

BSC 8140 Oral Microbiology

The purpose of the course is to provide further understanding of basic and clinical microbiology and its relationship to oral health care as well as provide instruction on infection control and disease transmission, the microbiology of dental caries, and oral microbial infections. 

DHY 8150 Dental Materials

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a background in the science dealing with the properties, manipulation and care of materials used in the prevention and treatment of oral disease.  This study will include the physical, mechanical, chemical, biological characters and biocompatibility issues of these materials.  In addition, this course will study the clinical application of these dental materials and their relationship to the oral environment.

DHY 8230 Periodontal Therapy I

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. The student will be able to apply information collected clinically and radiographically to assign a proper periodontal diagnosis and a periodontal treatment plan.

DH I – Winter Term

BSC 8050 Integrated Biomedical Sciences II

The purpose of the course is to provide an integrated knowledge of anatomical structures of body (anatomy); the functions of various component systems of the body are regulated (physiology) and how these body systems and structures drugs may be modified or influenced by pharmacological agents (pharmacology and therapeutics).

BSC 8190 Infectious Diseases for Dental Hygiene

The purpose of the course is to provide information on bacterial, viral, and fungal infectious diseases that the dental hygiene student might encounter in the practice of dental hygiene.  Particular emphasis is placed on the potential for transmission within the dental office.

CLN 8140 Clinical Dental Hygiene I/Clinic Rounds

CLN 8140 is the first clinical dental hygiene course in the dental hygiene curriculum. The purpose of the course is to provide a transition from the pre-clinic setting to begin dental hygiene patient care.  An orientation to clinic procedures and protocols as well as an opportunity to apply pre-clinical skills to patient care are provided.

DHS 8200 Pain and Anxiety Control

Through lecture and lab, this course is designed to provide the student with basic and current concepts of pain control, local anesthetics and nitrous oxide sedation.  The course will provide for the safe and effective administration of local anesthetics and nitrous oxide sedation.  It will include the rationale for pain control, a review of essential anatomy and neurophysiology, the pharmacology of anesthetic and vasoconstriction agents, medical emergencies and legal considerations.  There will be detailed instruction in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide delivery techniques in a clinical laboratory setting.

DHY 8140 Strategies for Prevention of Oral Diseases  

This course is designed to introduce concepts and strategies utilized in the promotion of oral health and prevention of oral diseases for the individual patient.  It is comprised of three modules: the prevention of Hard Tissue Diseases, the prevention of Soft Tissue Diseases, and Behavioral Interventions.  Strategies for the prevention of periodontal diseases as well as strategies for the prevention of dental caries will build upon information previously learned in other courses and the culmination of the course will be the development of an individualized, comprehensive, dental hygiene care plan involving these strategies to meet the individualized needs of an identified patient.

DHY 8180 Child and Adolescent Patient

The purpose of the course is to introduce the dental hygiene students to the concepts, definitions, oral health policies, clinical guidelines, and treatment planning in pediatric dentistry.

DHY 8190 Orthodontics

This course will introduce the student to basic orthodontic concepts, dental malocclusions according to the Angle classification and major skeletal malocclusions.  The student will be introduced to clinical and radiographic interpretation of common pathologies often noted in the orthodontic patient as well as fixed and removable orthodontic appliances.  Proficiency in accurate charting the mixed dentition patient is a major focus of the course.

DHY 8300 Periodontal Therapy II

This course is designed to provide the learner with information regarding the surgical aspects of the treatment of periodontal disease, as well as the consideration of pertinent systemic conditions, which may affect periodontal surgery.  Topics covered in this course will include the rationale, indications and contraindications for various periodontal surgical procedures, treatment modalities including mucogingival surgery, treatment of bony defects, osseous grafting and periodontal tissue regeneration.   The mechanisms and timing of healing of surgical sites, as well as post-surgical treatment will be presented.   Current trends in periodontics will be emphasized, and the student will be helped to understand the relationships between the dental hygienist, general practitioner and the periodontal specialist.  The student will understand the role of all health care providers in the management of periodontal disease.

DH II – Summer Term

BSC 8180 General Pathology

The main purpose of this course is to give students an understanding of how cells and tissues react to injuries and how diseases arise.  Students will attain a grasp of basic pathology terminology.  They will have an overview of basic disease processes, and a more detailed understanding of some diseases that are very important to day-to-day practice.

CLN 8150 Clinic Dental Hygiene II

The purpose of the course is to provide patient care with an emphasis on greater independence and time management.  Students will begin patient care outside Corktown Clinic.  An orientation to clinic procedures and protocols will clarify information pertaining to patient care both at Corktown and external clinics.

COM 8210 Concepts in Community Health

The purpose of this first course in the DH Community Health Curriculum is to provide a foundation for public health and dental public health and to identify the responsibilities of the dental hygienist in promoting community oral health. 

DHY 8210 Special Patient Care

The 1st portion of this course is designed to introduce students to issues relating to Geriatric dental care, Special Patient dental care and treatment considerations. Topics include health and wellness, issues in geriatric dentistry, oral changes in the older adult, physical assessment and pharmacological factors, oral health promotion for the older adult, mental diseases in the older adult, elder abuse and hospice care.  The 2nd portion is designed prepare the students for management of patients with systemic/medical conditions that may have delivery of dental services  implications. Topics include descriptions of diseases or conditions, incidence, prevalence, etiology, clinical manifestations, medical treatment, oral manifestations and dental management considerations.

DHY 8350 Scientific Presentation

This course will emphasize the importance of baccalaureate educated dental hygienists being

able to read, critique, and synthesize scientific literature in order to conduct and present research findings contributing to increased knowledge of fellow dental professionals in order to enhance  dental and dental hygiene practice or dental education. The course will provide an opportunity to apply principles of the scientific method as presented earlier in the curriculum.

CLN 8280 Clinical RDA Expanded Functions

The purpose of the course is to provide students with knowledge and skills in order to perform legally defined scope of practice for the delivery of Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) expanded functions in the state of Michigan. The provision of clinical care will be rendered under the direct supervision of dental faculty in the Corktown Clinic, UHC Clinic and Covenant Care Clinic.

DH II – Fall Term

BSC 8250 Oral Pathology

This course presents foundation knowledge concerning common and/or important diseases that arise in the orofacial complex.  Emphasis is placed on infectious, developmental, and neoplastic oral disease, especially oral cancer.

CLN 8260 Clinical Dental Hygiene III

Clinical Dental Hygiene III is a continuation of Clinical Dental Hygiene II (CLN 8150).  The emphasis is implementation of comprehensive dental hygiene care at a higher level of clinical competency.  Application and assessment of managing pediatric/adolescent and medically compromised/special needs patients in the clinical setting is also reinforced.  Additional clinical skills such as rubber dam and chemotherapeutic agent placement and are also expected at the clinical competency level.  Interprofessional collaboration with the aim of increasing access to care will also be emphasized.

COM 8220 Community Oral Health Education

The purpose of this course is to build upon and apply the concepts learned in Concepts in Community Health (COM 8210), emphasizing the role of the dental hygienist in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating community oral health education and intervention programs/projects.  Service-Learning experiences will provide an opportunity for dental hygiene students to apply principles learned in the classroom to practical situations which includes interacting and communicating with multicultural populations.

DHY 8220 National Board Review

The purpose of the course is to assist the dental hygiene student in preparation for the national, regional and state licensing board examinations. 

DHS 8110 Physical Assessment & Management of Medical Emergencies

This course is designed to give the dental hygiene student a basic understanding of disease states that may trigger medical emergencies and the means to prevent  these emergencies through careful  preoperative assessment and treatment modification.  Through both didactic and laboratory experiences, students will further develop the assessment skills necessary for treating a patient with a significant medical problem as well as recognize and manage  medical emergencies.

DH II – Winter Term

COM 8230 Community Oral Health Education II

The purpose this course is to build upon and utilize the concepts learned in Concepts in Community Health (COM 8210) and in Community Oral Health Education I (COM 8220). This final course in the community health curriculum emphasizes community oral health education strategies with populations other than those discussed and employed in previous courses. 

CLN 8270 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

Clinical Dental Hygiene IV is a culmination of Clinical Dental Hygiene I, II, and III.  While an emphasis on implementation of comprehensive dental hygiene care remains, efficient, independent, evidenced-based quality care is stressed in order to prepare the dental hygiene student to be a competent beginning practitioner. 

DHY 8200 Concepts in Professionalism

This course is the culmination of professionalism concepts that have been presented throughout the entire dental hygiene curriculum. Political, social, environmental and professional issues that impact the current practice of dental hygiene will be explored.

DHY 8240 Ethical, Legal Issues II

The purpose of this course is to continue the student’s exposure to the ethical and legal principles guiding the decision making and the practice of dental hygiene.  Mechanism to assess personal and professional self assessment will be utilized along with discussion of suggested measures and/or support systems to improve recognized deficiencies.  Students will prepare and present analyses of an ethical dilemma they have personally observed in their clinical experience. 

DHY 8250 Radiographic Interpretation

This course prepares the dental hygiene student to interpret dental radiographic images to correctly identify normal radiographic landmarks on intra-oral and panoramic radiographs, developmental anomalies of the teeth, and common bony lesions.  The student will also be prepared for the detection and radiographic classification of dental caries, recognition of periapical and periodontal diseases, and identification of dental restorative materials. Film processing errors and trouble-shooting, along with error identification in radiographic technique and correction will also be revisited in order to prepare the dental hygiene student. It is the purpose of this course to develop the student’s ability to think conceptually and to use problem-solving skills.

DHY 8330 Management of Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Care

This course will focus on the development of evidence-based decision making skills that are necessary to analyze, apply evidence, and provide a decision to a clinically-based question that is related to the management of dental hygiene care.  Using the formalized EBDM process, students will increase their skills and build on the foundation knowledge of Prevention, Scientific Literature, and Scientific Presentation courses in the identification of a patient question, and in searching for and interpreting clinical and scientific evidence so that the clinical question can be answered with confidence. Students will each present a clinical case study on an actual patient that has been treated or is currently being treated in the Dental Hygiene Program using evidence-based references and resources to provide best interventions within the scope of dental hygiene practice