Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
80 Hours

Dental Hygiene Major

65 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
CREDIT HOURS
DHY 1010
Clinical Dental Hygiene I
3

Introduces students to dental hygiene clinical techniques. Students will develop skills in patient assessment and treatment procedures such as taking medical/dental histories and vital signs, and performing intraoral and extraoral examinations. Students will practice instrumentation techniques, utilizing proper infection control procedures. Additional topics introduced to students include patient communication, fluoride application, occlusal analysis, oral infection control and dental prostheses care. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 30 hours of lecture and 120 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1010L, DHY 1110, DHY 1110L, DHY 1210, DHY 1350, DHY 1350L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1020
Clinical Dental Hygiene II
3

Introduces students to patient assessment and treatment in the clinical setting. Emphasis will be placed on the recognition and treatment of the patient with periodontal disease as well as oral hygiene instructions, including tooth brushing and adjunctive aids. Students will also be introduced to chemotherapeutics and dental stain classification. Additional topics will include ultrasonic instrumentation, treatment of hypersensitive teeth, development of the maintenance appointment, and smoking cessation programs. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 30 hours of lecture and 120 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHY 1010

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1020L, DHY 1410, DHY 1510, DHY 1510L, DHY 1610

DHY 1030
Clinical Dental Hygiene III
2

Continues patient assessment and treatment in a clinical setting, emphasizing all previously introduced clinical skills. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHY 1020

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1030L, DHY 1710, DHY 1710L

DHY 1110
Oral Anatomy and Histology
4

Provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy of the oral cavity. The microscopic detail, embryological development and function of anatomical landmarks, (including teeth) are addressed. The application of this knowledge to the practice of clinical dental hygiene is presented. The laboratory portion of this course includes a comprehensive analysis of each tooth in the dentition. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1010, DHY 1010L, DHY 1110L, DHY 1210, DHY 1350, DHY 1350L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1210
Principles of Dental Hygiene
2

Provides students with the knowledge to perform clinical dental hygiene practices within the dental office setting in a safe and efficient manner, following all OSHA guidelines. Topics will include infection control, medical and dental emergencies, and basic dental office procedures. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1010, DHY 1010L, DHY 1110, DHY 1110L, DHY 1350, DHY 1350L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1310
Head and Neck Anatomy
2

Provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy of the head and neck region, including: skeletal, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, and muscular systems and their relationship to dental hygiene clinical procedures. Also includes an introduction to the application of this knowledge to the use of local anesthesia. Must complete with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210

Corequisite(s):
HSC 1220, HSC 1221

DHY 1350
Dental Materials
2

Studies the composition and properties of materials used in the practice of dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the materials and procedures for which the dental hygienist is directly responsible. Students will practice proper care and manipulation of the materials in the laboratory. All technical skills are taught to a minimum of laboratory competence. 15 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1010, DHY 1010L, DHY 1110, DHY 1110L, DHY 1210, DHY 1350L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1410
Oral Pathology
2

Studies disease and the disease process. Emphasis will be placed on the detection and treatment of diseases of the oral region and the oral manifestations of systemic diseases. Case histories are presented in which the student's objective is to formulate a differential diagnosis of an unknown lesion and propose a rational approach for evaluation and treatment of the patient. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1020, DHY 1020L, DHY 1510, DHY 1510L, DHY 1610

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1510
Radiography
3

Focuses on the theories and principles of the x-ray, its nature and properties, and recognition of the normal anatomical structures present in a properly exposed set of periapical and interproximal radiographs. Practice is provided in exposure, development, and mounting of dental radiographs using a variety of techniques. All technical skills are taught to a minimum of laboratory competence. 22.5 hours of lecture and 45 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1020, DHY 1020L, DHY 1410, DHY 1510L, DHY 1610

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1610
Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist
2

Provides a general knowledge of the fundamentals and concepts of drugs commonly used in dentistry and relates this information to the successful practice of clinical dental hygiene. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1020, DHY 1020L, DHY 1410, DHY 1510, DHY 1510L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 1710
Dental Pain and Anxiety Control
3

Provides students with the basic concepts of local anesthetics and pain control. The rationale for pain control, a review of specific anatomic landmarks, physiology, and pharmacology of anesthetic agents will be included. Through lecture and lab, detailed instruction in the use of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, along with safety measures, will be provided. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHY 1610

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 1030, DHY 1030L, DHY 1710L

DHY 2040
Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
4

Continues the study of clinical dental hygiene and patient assessment. Emphasis will be placed on treating patients with special needs. A thorough study of nutrition, dietary assessment and planning for patients of all age groups will be included. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. 30 hours of lecture and 180 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHY 1030

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 2040L, DHY 2110, DHY 2210, DHY 2520

DHY 2050
Clinical Dental Hygiene V
4

Continues the practice of clinical dental hygiene designed to increase the student's efficiency and ability, with a focus on professional and ethical conduct. Continues the study of the techniques and philosophies of treating patients with special needs. Requirements include the case study of a patient with challenging dental needs with written documentation and a class presentation. All procedures are taught to clinical competence. This is the programs capstone course. 30 hours of lecture and 180 hours of lab are required. Students must be complete with a C+ (77%) or better, unless the 80% applies to all "capstone" courses.

Prerequisite(s):
DHY 2040

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 2050L, DHY 2310

DHY 2110
Periodontics
3

Covers the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pathologic conditions affecting the periodontium. Prepares students to evaluate the patient's disease status and plan the appropriate treatment. Also presents information on periodontal therapies relative to the hygienist's role as co-therapist in clinical practices. Further study includes the clinical and histological effects of periodontal procedures on oral tissues including surgical and non-surgical techniques used. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 2040, DHY 2040L, DHY 2210, DHY 2520

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 2210
Community Dentistry and Education
4

Exposes student dental health educators to many of the dental healthcare issues that affect society, the impact they have on dental health, and the educational techniques that can be employed to assist the individual on matters affecting health decisions. Further study will include human behavior, interpersonal relations and communication skills relating to patient education, motivation, and acceptance of healthcare. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 2040, DHY 2040L, DHY 2110, DHY 2520

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 2310
Dental Law and Ethics
1

Surveys the laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene. A discussion of ethical codes of conduct that guide the dental hygienist is provided. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 2050, DHY 2050L

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Dental Hygiene program.

DHY 2520
Radiographic Interpretation
1

Emphasizes the recognition of normal anatomical landmarks as well as pathological conditions commonly encountered in the practice of dental hygiene. This course is designed to complement DHY1510 (Radiography). Must complete with a C+ or better.

Prerequisite(s):
DHY 1510

Concurrent requisite(s):
DHY 2040, DHY 2040L, DHY 2110, DHY 2210

HSC 1010
Introduction to Health Professions
2

Provides students with a foundation for college success, as well as the exploration of various health professions and tools for career planning. Emphasizes concepts of professionalism, health care ethics and confidentiality as well as an introduction to electronic health records (EHR) and relevant medical terminology.

HSC 1210
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3

Focuses on the essential study of the body and associated terminology with a view toward the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1211

HSC 1211
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform minimal dissections and explorations of main anatomical structures using models and virtual explorations to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relation to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1210

HSC 1220
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3

Focuses on the physiology of the body system on a cellular level and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210, HSC 1211

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1221

HSC 1221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform dissections to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the physiology of the body systems on a cellular level and their relationship to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1220

HSC 2410
Microbiology
3

Explores basic concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms including the basic composition, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and epidemiology of microorganisms. The human diseases caused by these microorganisms in addition to their treatments will be presented. A laboratory may be taken concurrently with the lecture course; students will perform several experiments to reinforce the material presented in lecture. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 2411

SCI 2460
General Chemistry
4

Introduces students to general chemical principles, particularly emphasizing periodic properties, fundamental chemical calculations, formulas, equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Also introduced are molecular structures, chemical equilibrium, the chemistry of solutions and solubility, reduction and oxidation reactions, as well as, acids and bases. Students develop selected chemistry lab skills through the practical application of techniques and procedures. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1050 OR MTH 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
SCI 2460L

SOC 2010
Sociology
3

Examines social organization, culture, and the relationship between society and the individual. The areas studied are social groups, roles and statuses, institutions, social stratification, socialization, social change, and social policy.

General Education Requirements

15 Hours
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COURSE TITLE
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ENG 1010
College Composition I
3

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

ENG 1020
College Composition II
3

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 1010

MTH 1050
Quantitative Reasoning I
3

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines. The combination of MTH 1050 and MTH 1060 satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Pathway. The combination of MTH 1050 Quantitative Reasoning I or MTH 1110 College Algebra I with MTH 2750 Statistical Methods satisfies the Statistics Pathway.

SPK 2010
Oral Communication
3

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using organization, research, and technology to deliver effective oral presentation.

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