Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory.1.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 3 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
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/14/10

1. Description -
This course assists the student in identifying an appropriate patient for clinical state and/or regional board licensing exam for Dental Hygienists and in identifying and anticipating methods which will influence a successful board experience. Supportive course to reinforce and amplify the knowledge and skills needed to perform dental hygiene procedures. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. assess patients according to current board exam criteria during clinics
  2. analyze the status of patients seen in the clinic in relation to clinical board criteria
  3. expose and develop full mouth radiographs as needed for prospective clinical board patients
  4. recruit patients for screening in the clinic
  5. describe the current criteria for a patient for the clinical state and/or regional board licensing examination.
  6. describe factors which will influence a successful clinical state and/or regional board licensing examination experience
  7. identify a primary clinical state and/or regional board patient
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. Abide by legal duties of the California dental hygienist for patient care.
  2. Accurately record and maintain data in a patient's chart and dental records according to clinic protocol.
  3. Maintain a high degree of professional ethics and conduct interactions with patients, faculty, and fellow classmates appropriately.
  4. Maintain a patient's right to privacy during all phases of the dental hygiene process and when documenting findings in the patient's chart.
  5. Perform all phases of the dental hygiene process to acceptable standards of care.
  6. Exhibit sensitivity to individuals' emotions, needs, rights and comforts with emphasis on the influence of cultural, psychosocial and other factors.
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 -
Attendance in all lectures and screening and assessment sessions, identify primary patient, assess possible board patients and complete assessments on each.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. current criteria for an acceptable clinical state and/or regional board licensing exam patient (Lec)
    1. medical history
    2. indications
    3. contraindications
    4. probing criteria
    5. calculus criteria
    6. radiographs
  2. contributing factors to a successful clinical board licensing exam experience (Lec)
    1. patient selection
    2. patient preparation
    3. equipment organization
    4. procedural organization
    5. psychological preparation
  3. discuss and evaluate specific cases which may be qualified as a clinical board licensing exam patient (Lec)
    1. case studies
  4. primary and secondary patients (Lab)
    1. evaluate
    2. prioritize
  5. screenings/assessments (Lab)
    1. recruit potential patients
    2. screen and assess per current clinical board licensing exam criteria
  6. radiographs as required according to current clinical board licensing exam criteria (Lab)
    1. full mouth x-rays including bitewing films
    2. panoramic x-rays
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Project Requirements:
    1. Assess patients for dental hygiene treatment according to clinic guidelines.
    2. Identify primary and secondary patients according to criteria outlined for patients for board requirements.
    3. Expose diagnostic radiographs according to clinic guidelines and acceptable standards for board requirements
  2. Class Participation:
    1. Students must prepare for all classes as demonstrated by having all necessary supplies and equipment in lecture and lab and by participating in class discussions.
    2. Students will be evaluated on attendance and punctuality.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Kornegay, Catherine. Dental Hygiene Licensing Examination Preparation Course Manual. 2011.

8. Disciplines -
Dental Hygiene.
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Laboratory.
10. Lab Content -
Dental hygiene clinical practice. Assessing, evaluating and planning 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. Read handouts and relevant reading materials including state board and/or regional board instructions.
  2. Review course manual and be prepared to assess patients for dental hygiene care in clinic.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Dental Hygeine.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-19 21:03:04

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines