|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.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
Ethical & Legal Principles
- assess patients according to current board exam criteria during clinics
- analyze the status of patients seen in the clinic in relation to clinical board criteria
- expose and develop full mouth radiographs as needed for prospective clinical board patients
- recruit patients for screening in the clinic
- describe the current criteria for a patient for the clinical state and/or regional board licensing examination.
- describe factors which will influence a successful clinical state and/or regional board licensing examination experience
- identify a primary clinical state and/or regional board patient
Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies
- Abide by legal duties of the California dental hygienist for patient care.
- Accurately record and maintain data in a patient's chart and dental records according to clinic protocol.
- Maintain a high degree of professional ethics and conduct interactions with patients, faculty, and fellow classmates appropriately.
- Maintain a patient's right to privacy during all phases of the dental hygiene process and when documenting findings in the patient's chart.
- Perform all phases of the dental hygiene process to acceptable standards of care.
- Exhibit sensitivity to individuals' emotions, needs, rights and comforts with emphasis on the influence of cultural, psychosocial and other factors.
Our graduates will be competent:
- in assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
- in health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for individual clients and the community.
- in infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
- 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) - |
- current criteria for an acceptable clinical state and/or regional board licensing exam patient (Lec)
- medical history
- probing criteria
- calculus criteria
- contributing factors to a successful clinical board licensing exam experience (Lec)
- patient selection
- patient preparation
- equipment organization
- procedural organization
- psychological preparation
- discuss and evaluate specific cases which may be qualified as a clinical board licensing exam patient (Lec)
- case studies
- primary and secondary patients (Lab)
- screenings/assessments (Lab)
- recruit potential patients
- screen and assess per current clinical board licensing exam criteria
- radiographs as required according to current clinical board licensing exam criteria (Lab)
- full mouth x-rays including bitewing films
- panoramic x-rays
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Project Requirements:
- Assess patients for dental hygiene treatment according to clinic guidelines.
- Identify primary and secondary patients according to criteria outlined for patients for board requirements.
- Expose diagnostic radiographs according to clinic guidelines and acceptable standards for board requirements
- Class Participation:
- 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.
- 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 - |
- Read handouts and relevant reading materials including state board and/or regional board instructions.
- 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. |