Dental Hygiene: Curriculum


Course offerings first term (fall):

DENHYG 1110 biological sciences 1 (3 units)
This introductory level course is the first of 3 sequential courses in the biological sciences, each of which represents an interdepartmental integration of gross and neuroanatomy, histology and physiology. Through lectures and assigned readings, students will gain insight into structure-function relationships of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the body. This course deals with the cell, epithelium, connective tissue, the skeletal system, myology, blood, the lymphatic system, neural histology, and introductory neural physiology.
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DENHYG 1112 introduction to dental hygiene (3 units)
This course is designed to introduce dental hygiene students to the techniques and information necessary for comprehensive patient care.

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DENHYG 1113 introduction to dentistry (3 units)
This course provides an overview of the activities of each dental specialty. Also included are oral anatomy, dental materials and dental charting. The lectures introduce the student to the content and scope of each specialty area, and the services delivered with emphasis on dental hygiene interaction.

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DENHYG 1114 dental anatomy (2 units)
This course is designed to help students identify the normal structures with the oral cavity. The use of correct terminology is stressed in order to effectively communicate with members of the dental profession. The student will be able to differentiate normal formation of teeth from abnormalities.

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DENHYG 1116 dental hygiene practicum (2 units)
Dental hygiene practicum is established as the preclinical time for students to observe, discuss, and practice the skills required to perform the oral prophylaxis. Each student works and progresses at his/her own rate and must demonstrate consistent mastery of the skills taught.

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DENHYG 1117 chem, biochemistry & nutrition (5 units)
The course is designed to give the students the fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry, biochemistry and nutrition as they are related to physiological and pathological aspects of oral health and the practice of dental medicine. The course is not designed to make the student an expert in chemistry, biochemistry and nutrition but rather to provide the basic principles of these sciences which will enable the student to more effectively manage oral disease.

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Course offerings second term (spring):
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DENHYG 1241 principles of microbiology (5 units)
An introductory course in microbiology for dental hygiene students with no previous background in microbiology. Major areas included are microorganisms, immune mechanisms of the host and the interaction of the host and the microorganisms in disease and homeostatis. Major emphasis is placed on diseases with oral manifestations and infection control in dental medicine. The laboratory component will provide students

with hands-on experience in terms of the techniques used to detect, grow, isolate and identify microorganisms.  A recitation component is also associated with the course.

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DENHYG 1242 biological sciences 2 (3 units)
This introductory level course is the second of three sequential courses in the biological sciences. Through lectures and assigned readings, students will gain insight into structure-function relationships of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the body. This course deals with the gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system, including the eye and ear, the cardiovascular system, and the oral cavity with emphasis on the formation and structure of the teeth.

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DENHYG 1244 communications (3 units)
This course is designed to increase the student's proficiency as a public speaker, through learning organization of material, delivery and criticism of speeches.

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DENHYG 1245 dental hygiene radiology 1 (2 units)
This course provides the student with the theoretical knowledge required to achieve a working knowledge of the radiologic sciences as they apply to dental hygiene. Also included will be concepts of radiation safety and radiation biology. An introduction to normal radiographic anatomy and the radiographic aspects of dental pathology will be included.

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DENHYG 1247 dental hygiene seminar 1 (1 unit)
This course is an extension of the introduction to dental hygiene course. The focus of this course is the special needs and medically compromised patient. It combines lectures, guest presentations and clinical experiences. The students will acquire greater understanding of the psychological and physiological needs of these patients and how to better meet those needs to provide the best patient care.

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DENHYG 1248 dental materials (2 units)
This course introduces the dental hygiene student to the field of dental materials. The methods of instruction include didactic and laboratory components. Lectures will cover basic properties of dental materials; gypsum products, waxes, rigid and elastic impression materials and restorative materials. Laboratory sessions give each student practical experience in the proper manipulation of these materials.

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DENHYG 1249 dental hygiene clinic 1 (2 units)
This course is scheduled as clinical sessions in which students utilize the skills necessary to perform an oral prophylaxis on individual patients, and to provide patient education.

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Course offerings third term (summer):
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DENHYG 1370 intro to clinical periodontics (3 units)
This course concerns the healthy periodontium, changes with aging, and changes to disease. Classification of periodontal diseases, etiology, histopathology and prevention are discussed. This course teaches the student the role of the hygienist in clinical management, treatment and control of periodontal disease.

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DENHYG 1372 general and oral pathology (3 units)
This course in general and oral pathology is designed to give the dental assistant and oral hygiene student as broad a background as possible in both general and systemic diseases, as well as special emphasis on the oral manifestations of these conditions. Additional emphasis is placed on those diseases which are specifically related to the oro dental complex. Primary emphasis is placed on the clinical and behavioral manifestations of disease as they relate to pathological processes. Moreover, the radiologic aspects of specific diseases are emphasized where appropriate.

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DENHYG 1373 biological sciences 3 (3 units)
This introductory level course is the third of three sequential courses in the biological sciences, each of which represents an interdepartmental integration of gross & neuroanatomy, histology, and physiology. Through lectures and assigned readings, students will gain insight into structure-function relationships of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of the body. This course deals with the gross anatomy, histology, and physiology of the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and endocrine systems. Wound healing is covered.

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DENHYG 1375 local anesthesia for the dental hygienist (2 units)
This course introduces the student to the entire spectrum of pain and anxiety control techniques currently in use in dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the basic physiology of the pain phenomena and the relevant clinical pharmacology of local anesthetics. The general topic of preoperative patient assessment is integrated with a practical and systematic approach to the recognition, management, and prevention of specific medical emergencies that may occur in a dental office.

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DENHYG 1376 dental hygiene radiology 2 (1 unit)
This course is designed to increase the radiographic interpretation skills of the second year dental hygiene student through the use of critical thinking exercises and an in-depth exposure to radiographs illustrating caries, periodontal diseases, trauma and pulpal involvement. Radiographic case formatted questions and exercises will be reviewed to enable students to correlate the pathology content of the curriculum as well as the interpretation of normal and abnormal oral structures.

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DENHYG 1377 dental hygiene seminar 2 (1 unit)
This course is an extension of the introduction to dental hygiene course. The focus of this course is the special needs and medically compromised patient. It combines lectures, guest presentations and clinical experiences. The student will acquire greater understanding of the psychological and physiological needs of these patients and how to better meet those needs to provide the best patient care.

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DENHYG 1379 dental hygiene clinic 2 (3 units)
This course is scheduled as clinical sessions in which the student integrates and applies knowledge and concepts learned in previous courses to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to individual patients.

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Course offerings fourth term (fall):
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DENHYG 1411 dental pharmacology (2 units)
This course provides oral hygiene students with the opportunity to become familiar with pharmacotherapeutics as utilized by all health professionals. All drug groups are considered in order to familiarize students with the dental patient's therapeutic status. The therapeutics and adverse effects of the drugs are discussed.

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DENHYG 1412 public health dentistry (3 units)
Public health dentistry is that portion of the dental hygiene curriculum which prepares students to promote oral health and prevent oral disease in the community through organized community based programs. It provides students with a broad understanding of the social, political, and economic forces directing the system. The approach taken within this course provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to meet specific dental health needs of community groups as distinct from the traditional clinical approach which is designed to meet the needs of individuals.

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DENHYG 1417 dental hygiene seminar 3 (1 unit)
This course is designed to compliment the dental hygiene 3 clinical experience. Students will be exposed to various traditional and non-traditional dental therapeutic techniques including, but not limited to subgingival irrigation with antimicrobial agents, an update of new dental products and devices as well as the presentation of case studies for analyses. The goal of the course is to enhance the clinical and didactic skills of the dental hygienist.

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DENHYG 1419 dental hygiene clinic 3 (4 units)
This course provides clinical sessions in which the student's integrate and apply knowledge and concepts learned in previous courses to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to individual patients.

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DENHYG 1420 ethics health care professional (3 units)
This course is designed to introduce health-care professionals to the principles of ethics. Various aspects of ethics will be discussed including the decision making process on which evaluation is based.

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DENHYG 1421 Special Needs Dentistry (1 unit)

The goals of this course are to introduce the dental/dental hygiene student to common developmental and acquired disabling conditions and issues related to the dental care of patients with special needs. The material presented will aid the student in assessing, planning, implementing and monitoring treatment for the patient with special needs.

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DENHYG 1422 health promotions through the lifespan (3 units)
This course will provide the student with an introduction to the phenomenon associated with our aging society. It will also familiarize the student with the special needs of the elderly patient. It will provide background information as to why these needs will be important to the health care professionals of the future. The methods used will be lecture, discussion, partner and group exercise, awareness assignments and simulations.

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Course offerings fifth term (spring):
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DENHYG 1544 intro to research analysis (3 units)
This course is designed to make students aware of important aspects of research in the dental profession. Statistical principles necessary for reading and evaluating research articles will be closely examined. This course provides the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate research articles.

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DENHYG 1545 dental hlth ed, methods & prac (4 units)
This course is an introduction to classroom teaching for the dental hygienist. It involves the acquisition of knowledge and skills for classroom instruction in dental health education. Emphasis is placed on preparation, implementation and evaluation of lesson plans and the design and selection of effective audio-visual aids. It includes six weeks of dental health presentations in the community exhibiting the skills acquired the first half of the course.

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DENHYG 1547 dental hygiene seminar 4 (1 unit)
This course was designed to synthesize pertinent clinical and basic science information. In addition, students will be required to analyze and present a periodontal case study for peer review.

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DENHYG 1549 dental hygiene clinic 4 (5 units)
This course was designed to facilitate the synthesis and application of information using a multidisciplinary approach for patient treatment. The clinical environment stimulates and prepares students for a private practice dental setting. All students are afforded the opportunity to participate in internal and external clinical rotations in the capacity of a dental auxiliary. Each student's clinical competency level is assessed and evaluated during all phases of patient treatment.

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Course offerings sixth term (summer session):
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DENHYG 1682 basic psychology (3 units)
This course is an intensive introduction to the application of behavioral theory and intervention for health professionals. Topics include learning theory, assessment, respondent and operant behavior modification, theories of anxiety, stress, and fear, and behavior change strategies for these responses.

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DENHYG 1689 adv clincal dent hyg practice/practicum (2 units)
This course is designed to increase the proficiency and self direction of the dental hygiene student. The assessment of patient's oral health status, planning and provision of preventive services and the identification of the need for referrals will be stressed. This will enable the student to develop fundamental skills which are necessary for various career options in the dental profession.