Course Number and Title: DHY 101 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
This clinical experience course is designed for practical application of the didactic information presented in DHY 111 – Dental Hygiene Fundamentals I. The seminar focuses on problem-solving and sharing clinical experiences.
Dental Hygiene First Year Student Kit Dental Hygiene Policy and Procedures Manual Allied Health/Science Department Program Student Policy Manual
- Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the values of the dental hygiene profession. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 2, 3, 6)
- Employ a safe working environment to protect the dental health team and the patient. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 6)
- Apply the principles of data collection and patient assessment in patient care delivery. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 4, 5, 6)
- Demonstrate the principles of instrumentation in patient care delivery. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 3, 4)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with the values of the dental hygiene profession.
- Write a self-evaluation of clinical experiences weekly.
- Discuss clinical experiences in a seminar format.
- Describe a personal philosophy of dental hygiene.
- Demonstrate effective oral, non-verbal, and written communication in the clinical setting with patients and members of the dental team.
- Demonstrate professional behavior patterns that meet employer expectations and professional association guidelines including but not limited to attending, arriving on time and staying until the conclusion of the educational experience, dressing appropriately, preparing adequately, and displaying appropriate interpersonal dynamics and communication skills.
- Employ a safe working environment to protect the dental health team and the patient.
- Apply appropriate infection control protocol during all dental hygiene procedures.
- Demonstrate the proper operation and maintenance of dental equipment.
- Demonstrate the principles of patient, operator, and light positioning during dental hygiene procedures.
- Demonstrate proof of current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
- Apply the principles of data collection and patient assessment in patient care delivery.
- Describe and document pertinent information on the medical history form based on appropriate follow-up questions and medical references.
- Recognize contraindications to and/or the need for modifications to dental hygiene care.
- Demonstrate the techniques for determining and recording the vital signs of a partner.
- Employ the techniques for performing an extraoral and intraoral examination.
- Describe and document clinical findings using appropriate descriptive terminology.
- Chart caries/restorative findings.
- Chart periodontal findings on an initial and a final periodontal record.
- Demonstrate the principles of instrumentation in patient care delivery.
- Identify all instruments in the student kit.
- Use examination instruments to assess oral health.
- Use scaling instruments for periodontal debridement.
- Demonstrate engine polishing techniques.
- Demonstrate the procedures for applying professional topical fluorides.
The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Collect and analyze baseline data in a critical and scientific manner regarding the patient's health status to determine dental hygiene treatment needs.
- Utilizing professional communication skills and behaviors, initiate and responsibly advocate health care promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations.
- Provide dental hygiene care in a safe manner.
- Utilizing self-assessment skills, evaluate clinical performance and the effectiveness of dental hygiene treatment.
- Accurately document information related to dental hygiene care through proper record keeping.
- Recognize and manage the professional and ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a dynamic environment.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.