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Effective: Summer 2015
D H 75CCLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY III2 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will be able to state the criteria for selecting an appropriate patient for the dental hygiene California State Board Examination.
  • The student will assess patients according to criteria for dental hygiene licensure as established by the California State Board of Dental Examiners.
Description -
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.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Recruit patients for licensing exam screenings in the clinic.
  2. Assess patients according to current board exam criteria during screening sessions.
  3. Identify factors that will contribute to a successful licensing exam experience.
  4. Identify clinical state and/or regional board patients

Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. Apply the principles of law and ethics to the practice of dental hygiene.

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.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with multi-media, dental hygiene clinic.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. Recruit patients for licensing exam screenings in the clinc. (Lec/Lab)
    1. Strategies for recruiting patients
    2. Places to recruit patients
  2. Assess patients according to current board exam criteria during screening sessions. (Lec/Lab)
    1. Current criteria for an acceptable clinical licensing exam patient.
      1. medical history
      2. probing criteria
      3. calculus criteria
      4. radiographs
    2. Additional requirements
  3. Identify factors that will contribute to a successful licensing exam experience. (Lec)
    1. Patient selection
    2. Patient preparation
    3. Equipment organization
    4. Procedural organization
    5. Psychological preparation
    6. Develop individual action plan
    7. Discuss specific cases which may qualify as clinical board licensing exam patients
      1. case studies
  4. Identify clinical state and/or regional board patients. (Lab)
    1. Assess patients according to criteria
    2. Prioritize patients according to criteria as primary or back up patients
    3. Expose and develop radiographs according to criteria

Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. Apply the principles of law and ethics to the practice of dental hygiene. (Lec/Lab)
    1. Clinical Licensing Examination Paperwork
      1. patient records
    2. Legal duties of California dental hygienist
    3. Patient confidentiality
    4. Professional ethics and interactions with faculty, patients and peers
    5. Cultural competency
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Examinations:
    1. Patient Selection Criteria Examination
  2. 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
    4. Individual action plan for licensing exam
  3. 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, patient recruitment and screening sessions
Representative Text(s) -
Chan, Patti. Dental Hygiene Licensing Examination Preparation Course Manual. 2016.

Disciplines -
Dental Technology
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Laboratory.
 
Lab Content -
Dental hygiene clinical practice. Assessment and evaluation of patients seen in the clinic during licensing exam screening sessions.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read 25 pages of criteria for state board and/or regional board in course syllabus.
  2. Develop recruitment materials (flyers, internet notices, etc) to use in recruiting patients for licensing exam screening sessions.
  3. Create an individual action plan and strategies for successfully passing the licensing examination.