Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/11/09; 11/26/12

1. Description -
Pathology of the head, neck, and oral structures. Developmental conditions caries, diseases of bacterial and viral origin, neoplasms of the oral cavity. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 55A.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Recognize deviations(lesions) from normal in an oral exam
  2. Describe the deviations(lesions) using appropriate terminology
  3. Identify pertinent questions to ask the patient when assessing the deviations(lesions)
  4. Discuss the the clinical signs and symptoms of different oral lesions
  5. Develop a differential diagnosis for different oral lesions
Preventive,Therapeutic and Supportive Dental Hygiene Procedures
  1. Given epidemiologic factors,discuss cultural and racial tendencies
  2. Make appropriate referrals for consulation and treatment
  3. Integrate referral mechanisms into dental hygiene practice
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. assess the value of the dental hygienist in oral pathology
  2. exhibit professionalism in performing all assignments.
  3. assess the value of cultural diversity in oral diseases
Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies:
Our graduates will be competent:
  1. In assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  2. In health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
  3. In infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  4. In the ethical & legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Lecture room
Multimedia equipment

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Dental Hygiene Process of Care:
  1. White lesions
  2. Red and pigmented lesions
  3. Oral ulcerations
  4. Vesticulobullae and desquamative lesions
  5. Intra-oral soft tissue swellings
  6. Soft tissue swellings of face and neck
  7. Radiographic lesions
  8. Neurologic and functional disorders
  9. Dental defects
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes,
  2. Midterm and final examination including both objective and essay questions.
7. Representative Text(s) -
DeLong et al. General and Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2011

8. Disciplines -
Dental Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Oral presentations
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly required readings from the chapters in the textbook
  2. Writing assignment which is a research report on an oral lesion of the student's choice
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree in Dental Hygiene.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-03-08 12:53:38

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines