Course Number and Title: DHY 102 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
This clinical experience course is designed for practical application of the didactic information presented in Dental Hygiene Fundamentals I and Dental Hygiene Fundamentals II. The seminar focuses on problem-solving and sharing clinical experiences.
Dental Hygiene First-Year Student Kit Oral Health Education Kit (items to be announced) Dental Hygiene Program 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, 56; PGC 2, 3, 6)
- Promote 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 1, 3, 4)
- Demonstrate comprehensive dental hygiene treatment for patients from a full spectrum of patient populations exhibiting varying states of oral health. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
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.
- Demonstrate appropriate patient management skills.
- Demonstrate a commitment to completing dental hygiene treatment for all patients and continuing their care throughout the clinical course.
- Promote 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 and/or the need for modifications to dental hygiene care.
- Demonstrate the techniques to determine and record the vital signs of a patient.
- Use techniques to perform an extraoral and intraoral examination.
- Describe and document clinical findings using appropriate descriptive terminology.
- Classify the care level of a patient based on assessment data.
- Prepare a dental hygiene treatment plan based on patient needs.
- Determine patient’s periodontal health using the periodontal probe and other diagnostic aids.
- Chart periodontal findings on an initial and a final periodontal record.
- Chart subgingival calculus per discretion of the clinical instructor(s).
- Chart caries/restorative findings.
- Assess a patient’s oral hygiene through completion of a patient hygiene performance (PHP) index.
- Determine the patient’s general and oral health status at subsequent appointments.
- Prepare all patient records and clinical forms promptly, accurately, and legibly.
- Demonstrate the principles of instrumentation in patient care delivery.
- Identify all instruments in the student kit.
- Demonstrate the use of examination instruments to assess oral health.
- Demonstrate effective removal of dental deposits and stains using scaling instruments for periodontal debridement.
- Demonstrate effective periodontal debridement on patients in the patient care level (CL) Class II.
- Demonstrate engine polishing techniques.
- Demonstrate comprehensive dental hygiene treatment for patients from a full spectrum of patient populations exhibiting varying states of oral health.
- Perform a comprehensive clinical competency examination on a partner.
- Perform dental hygiene treatment on patients from a full spectrum of populations, including a minimum of one each: child/adolescent, adult, and geriatric.
- Demonstrate appropriate clinical management skills.
- Perform dental hygiene treatment on patients with varying degrees of difficulty, including care levels Class I and Class II.
- Observe the management of a pediatric patient at an assigned location during one clinical session.
- Perform patient education for various populations regarding oral physiotherapy and other preventive measures.
- Demonstrate the procedures for applying professional topical fluorides.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. 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.