DHG - Dental Hygiene

DHG 115  Medical & Dental Emergencies  (2-0-2)  

Offered Spring Semester

Co-requisites: DHG 140, DHG 143, DHG 165, DHG 244 (required)

This course provides a study of the various medical/dental emergencies and appropriate treatment measures. Additionally, it includes managing medically compromised dental patients and provides for CPR certification.

DHG 121  Dental Radiography  (2-3-3)  

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: Completion of Phase I courses and admittance to the Dental Hygiene program

This course provides the application of the principles of radiology with emphasis on exposing, processing, mounting, evaluating and interpreting dental radiographs. Radiation safety is stressed.

DHG 125  Tooth Morphology & Histology  (2-0-2)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisites for Dental Hygiene: Completion of Phase II and admittance to the Dental Hygiene program

This course covers the embryogenesis and histology of the head and neck structures with primary emphasis on the oral cavity. The formation, eruption patterns and morphology of primary and permanent dentitions are studied.

DHG 140  General & Oral Pathology  (2-0-2)  

Offered Spring Semester

This course provides a correlation of basic pathologic principles to disease processes in the oral cavity. The role of the dental hygienist in early disease detection is emphasized. Diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of diseases affecting the head and neck are discussed.

DHG 141  Periodontology  (2-0-2)  

Offered Summer Semester

Co-requisites: DHG 175, DHG 241 (required)

This course presents a study of the principles, etiologies, classifications and treatments of periodontal disease with emphasis on the role of the dental hygienist.

DHG 143  Dental Pharmacology  (2-0-2)  

Offered Spring Semester

Co-requisites: DHG 115, DHG 140, DHG 165, DHG 244 (required)

This course provides a study of drugs used in dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the physical and chemical properties of the drugs, dosages and therapeutic effects, methods of administration and indications/contraindications for the use of the drug. A study of dental anesthetics is included.

DHG 161  Clinical DHG I Foundations  (2-6-4)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisites: Completion of Phase I courses and admittance to the Dental Hygiene program

Co-requisites: AHS 113, DHG 121, DHG 125, DHG 231 (required)

This course completes the basic instrumentation instruction; introduces polishing and anticaries therapies; presents periodontal health assessment and introduces the clinical setting for application of dental hygiene skills for patient care.

DHG 165  Clinical Dental Hygiene I  (2-9-5)  

Offered Spring Semester

Co-requisites: DHG 115, DHG 140, DHG 143, DHG 244 (required)

This is an introduction course to the clinical setting for application of dental hygiene skills for patient care.

DHG 175  Clinical Dental Hygiene II  (2-9-5)  

Offered Summer Semester

Co-requisites: DHG 141, DHG 241 (required)

This course provides for the continued development of the skills necessary to perform dental hygiene care. Emphasis is placed on total patient care and treatment planning.

DHG 231  Dental Health Education  (1-0-1)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisites: Completion of Phase I courses and admittance into Dental Hygiene Program

Co-requisites: DHG 121, DHG 161 (required)

This course provides an opportunity for the dental hygiene student to present and apply dental health information to various community groups and organizations. Project implementation and evaluation are included.

DHG 232  Community Oral Health Outreach  (1-3-2)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisites: DHG 141, DHG 175, DHG 241

Co-requisite: DHG 255 (required)

This course provides a study of literature reviews, analysis of oral health needs, epidemiology and prevention of oral diseases including assessment of community needs, project planning, implementation and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on setting-up on-going community-based projects/programs to facilitate a “serving to learn” philosophy and enhancing access to oral health care for diverse populations.

DHG 241  Integrated Dental Hygiene I  (0-3-1)  

Offered Summer Semester

Co-requisites: DHG 141, DHG 175 (required)

This course provides for the integration of the basic and dental hygiene sciences with current concepts of clinical dental hygiene practice.

DHG 242  Integrated Dental Hygiene II  (0-3-1)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisites: DHG 232, DHG 255

Co-requisite: DHG 265 (required)

This course provides for the integration of the basic and dental sciences with current dental hygiene concepts. Emphasis is placed on ethical/legal aspects of dental hygiene practice and practice management techniques.

DHG 244  Dental Materials  (2-3-3)  

Offered Fall and Spring Semesters

Prerequisites: Acceptance into Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene program, AHS 113, DHG 121, DHG 125, DHG 161, DHG 231

Co-requisites: For Dental Assisting: DAT 118, DAT 154 (required); for Dental Hygiene: DHG 115, DHG 140, DHG 143, DHG 165 (required)

This course is a study of the physical and chemical properties, identification, characteristics and manipulation of dental materials.

DHG 255  Clinical Dental Hygiene III  (1-12-5)  

Offered Fall Semester

Prerequisites: DHG 141, DHG 175, DHG 241

Co-requisites: DHG 232 (required)

This course provides for the development of proficiency in the clinical dental hygiene setting with emphasis on the implementation of treatment plans to meet the individual patient’s oral health needs.

DHG 265  Clinical Dental Hygiene IV  (1-12-5)  

Offered Spring Semester

Prerequisites: DHG 232, DHG 255

Co-requisite: DHG 242 (required)

This course permits refinement of clinical techniques and skills, technology and current procedural practices of the dental hygienist with emphasis on self-evaluation and quality assurance.