Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
D H 61BINTRODUCTION TO CLINICSummer 2015
3 hours lecture, 6 hours clinical laboratory.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 108 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 6 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; 4/26/10; 10/14

1. Description -
Introduction to clinical dental hygiene practice. Emphasis on assessing, planning, and implementing comprehensive dental hygiene care on patients in a clinical setting. Students apply knowledge, critical thinking, and basic clinical skills acquired in previous completed dental hygiene courses. Students will also learn about dental hygiene care for diverse patient populations and management of patients with special needs. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: D H 61A and 52B with grade of "C" or higher; possession of a current CPR certificate.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Collect dental hygiene assessment data on patients in the clinical setting.
  2. Analyze assessment data and develop appropriate treatment plans for patients in the clinical setting.
  3. Implement dental hygiene care for patients in the clinical setting.
  4. Evaluate results of dental hygiene care on patients in the clinical setting.
  5. Develop oral health education strategies and plans for patients in the clinic setting.
  6. Maintain standard infection and hazard control protocols during clinic procedures.
  7. Understand and apply the principles of law and ethics to the practice of dental hygiene.

Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies
  1. Our graduates will be competent:
  2. In the assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations in order to plan, implement & evaluate dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  3. In health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
  4. In infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  5. In the ethical & legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Multi-media classroom. Dental hygiene clinic, sterilization equipment.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Collect dental hygiene assessment data on patients in the clinical setting.
    1. Assessment data
      1. relevant medical and dental information
      2. extraoral and intraoral examination findings
      3. periodontal status
      4. caries examination
      5. risk assessments
      6. dietary information
      7. current oral hygiene habits
    2. Consultation with medical/dental professionals
    3. Periodontal risk using evidence-based internet programs, radiographs, periodontal examination, bacterial testing and patient interview
    4. Caries risk using evidence-based internet programs, radiographs, caries examination findings, patient interview, and saliva testing
  2. Analyze assessment data and develop appropriate treatment plans for patients in the clinical setting.
    1. Treatment recommendations based on the patient's individual needs
    2. Comprehensive treatment plans
      1. individualized goals and treatment outcomes
      2. oral hygiene instructions
      3. dental hygiene care by appointment
      4. necessary referrals.
    3. Faculty consultation
  3. Implement dental hygiene care for patients in the clinical setting.
    1. Preventive and therapeutic dental hygiene procedures
      1. complete removal of calculus, soft deposits, plaque biofilm, stains and the smoothing of unattached surfaces
      2. pain control procedures
    2. Adjunctive dental hygiene procedures
      1. ultrasonic scaling
      2. dentinal desensitization treatments
      3. pit and fissure sealants
      4. topical fluoride treatments
    3. Post-operative instructions
    4. Sharpening techniques
    5. Emergency Management
    6. Rotation duties
      1. screener
      2. screener assistant
      3. rover
    7. Time management strategies
  4. Evaluate results of dental hygiene care on patients in the clinical setting.
    1. Recall intervals for patients
    2. Evaluation of healing following treatment
    3. Re-evaluation appointments
    4. Dental referrals
  5. Develop oral health education strategies and plans for patients in the clinic setting.
    1. Oral hygiene instructions including
      1. patient's dental health knowledge
      2. patient motivation
      3. manual dexterity
      4. gingival condition/periodontal status.
    2. Nutritional counseling including dietary analysis
    3. Educational strategies to guide patients in learning specific manual skills
    4. Educational techniques /methodologies, and learning styles/preferences appropriate throughout the lifespan.
  6. Maintain standard infection and hazard control protocols during clinic procedures.
    1. Infection control procedure for disinfection of the dental operatory and sterilization of instruments
    2. Prevention of cross contamination
    3. Duties of sterilizer and sterilizer assistant
    4. Equipment maintenance, spore testing and quality control records.
  7. Understand and apply the principles of law and ethics to the practice of dental hygiene.
    1. Accurate and detailed patient records
    2. Patient confidentiality
    3. Referral to various dental and medical service providers
    4. Professional ethics and conduct when interacting with patients, faculty, and fellow classmates
    5. Acceptable standards of care
    6. Cultural competency
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written examinations: students must achieve a grade of 75% or better on all written examinations.
  2. Written assignments: students must achieve a grade of 75% or better on all written assignments.
  3. Class participation: using the lecture/assignment schedule as a guide, students must prepare for all classes as demonstrated by having all necessary supplies and equipment in lecture, laboratory and clinic as well as by participating in class discussions. Students will be evaluated on attendance and punctuality.
  4. Clinical proficiency, criteria:
    1. As recorded on the evaluation, the student will demonstrate the ability to perform dental hygiene procedures to a level of 75%.
    2. As recorded on the evaluation, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to correctly use the periodontal probe to a level of 75%.
    3. As recorded on the evaluation the student will demonstrate the ability to sharpen dental hygiene instruments to a level of 75%.
    4. The student will demonstrate professionalism in dress, speech and behavior.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Darby, M. & Walsh, M., Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice, current edition (4th), W.B. Saunders Co. 2014.
Nield-Gehrig, J. Willman,D., Fundaments of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, 7th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2013.
Spragge, P. Dental Hygiene 61B Course Syllabus , Los Altos Hills CA., 2015.
Spragge, P. Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual, Los Altos Hills CA, 2015.

8. Disciplines -
Dental Technology
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Field work, Oral presentations, Laboratory, Community service, Clinic.
 
10. Lab Content -
Dental hygiene clinical practice: Assessing, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on patients in a clinical setting.
 
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. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources ranging from 30 to 100 pages per week.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Clinical practice and demonstrations: Weekly clinical practice in the dental hygiene clinic performed on assigned patients with instructor supervision.
  4. Research report on an assignment topic relating to medically complex patients and dental hygiene care.
  5. Patient competency project: written report on a patient experience with full clinical documentation and research.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Dental Hygeine.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 09:25:06


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