Dental Hygiene (DH)

PHARMACOLOGY I
DH   282 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of Dental Hygiene Program.

Introduction to the classification, pharmacodynamics, dosages, and therapeutic effects of drugs most commonly encountered or prescribed by the dental office. Topics include drugs of abuse, autonomic nervous system, gastrointestinal, respiratory, vitamin, and minerals. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES I
DH   283 6 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture / 66 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Basic theory and pre-clinical practice at the introductory level in patient assessment, care planning, management, and periodontal therapy. Includes prevention and control of oral disease and proper safety and infection control procedures. [GE]

ORAL MEDICINE
DH   284 2 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture

Introduction to the evaluation of medical/dental histories in preparation for dental hygiene treatment. Includes the most commonly encountered oral and systemic diseases, pertinent drugs, and introduction in managing dental/medical emergencies. Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program [GE]

PERIODONTICS I
DH   285 3 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture / 66 hours of lab

Introduction to histological and clinical characteristics of normal and diseased periodontium. Introduction to tooth accumulated materials and preventive oral aids. [GE]

DENTAL ANATOMY
DH   286 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Anatomy, embryology, and histology of the human dentition and surrounding oral structures as they apply to the practice of dental hygiene. Emphasis on tooth development and associated vocabulary, tooth identification and differentiation, and tooth numbering systems. [GE]

SPECIAL PROJECTS
DH   290 15 Credits/Units

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructional Unit.

Opportunity to plan, organize and complete special projects approved by the department. [GE] [PNP]

INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
DH   292 1 Credit/Unit

22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

An introduction to axiUm - the digital management system designed for dental patient records, student clinical assessments, and radiography. Students will learn to navigate the system, enter data pertaining to clinical patient treatment, and track clinical skills assessments. [GE]

INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL MATERIALS/ASSISTING
DH   301 3 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Introduction to properties and manipulation of basic restorative materials including resin, bases, liners, varnishes, cements, and sealants. Introduction to four-handed chairside assisting, study model preparation, and pit and fissure sealant application. Clinical practice through assisting in restorative situations. [GE]

HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY
DH   303 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Embryological, histological, and anatomical development of the head and neck as it applies to the practice of dental hygiene. [GE]

EDUCATIONAL THEORY AND APPLICATION
DH   304 2 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Survey of principles and concepts of teaching and learning and use of motivational techniques as they apply to both group and individual education and cultural differences. Students will develop skills as a dental health educator and dental health resource person. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES II
DH   313 6 Credits/Units

17 hours of lecture / 99 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Emphasis on the principles of instrumentation and patient management. Clinical practice in oral prophylaxis, preventive procedures, and patient management at the introductory level. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES III
DH   314 6 Credits/Units

17 hours of lecture / 99 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Clinical practice at the introductory and developmental levels in patient assessment, care planning, management, and periodontal therapy. Includes prevention and control of oral disease and proper safety and infection control procedures. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES IV
DH   321 4 Credits/Units

97 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Clinical practice at the introductory and developmental levels in patient assessment, care planning, management, and periodontal therapy. Includes prevention and control of oral disease and proper safety and infection control procedures. [GE]

ORAL RADIOLOGY I
DH   323 3 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Radiographic theory, equipment, patient safety, and techniques for exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs. [GE]

ORAL RADIOLOGY II
DH   324 1 Credit/Unit

22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Second in a series on radiographic theory application and radiographic image interpretation. Continued experience in exposing, processing and mounting, and critiquing dental radiographs. [GE]

ORAL RADIOLOGY III
DH   331 2 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Third in a series on radiographic theory application and image interpretation. Includes principles of radiation biology, quality assurance, radiation health and protection. Introduction of principles of contemporary panoramic radiographic techniques and comprehensive analysis of panoramic images. [GE]

GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY
DH   344 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Fundamentals of oral pathology including the inflammatory processes, tumor development, metabolic pathways and developmental disturbances. [GE]

ETHICS AND THE PROFESSION
DH   353 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Basic ethical principles and ethical problem solving methods. Includes the Principles of Ethics of the American Dental Hygienist Association and Washington State Laws applicable to the practice of dental hygiene. These elements will enable the student to apply professional attitudes and judgments when treating clinical patients. [GE]

LOCAL ANESTHESIA & PAIN CONTROL
DH   364 4 Credits/Units

25 hours of lecture / 33 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Integration of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and the most commonly encountered emergency procedures as they apply to the administration of local anesthesia. Clinical practice in the administration of local anesthesia is a required component of the course. Weekly clinical lab practice focuses on the 8 most commonly administered injections. [GE]

CARIOLOGY
DH   373 2 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Presentation of cause, progression, and prevention of dental caries with an emphasis on fluoride and other remineralization strategies. [GE]

PHARMACOLOGY II
DH   383 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Continuation of the classification, pharmacodynamics, dosages, and therapeutic effects for drugs most commonly encountered or prescribed by the dental office. Topics include antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral medications, opioid and non-opioid analgesics, and cardiovascular medications. [GE]

PHARMACOLOGY III
DH   384 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Continuation of the classification, pharmacodynamics, dosages, and therapeutic effects for drugs most commonly encountered or prescribed by the dental office. Topics include endocrine, psychotherapeutic, sedative/hypnotic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsants, ophthalmic, anti-neoplastic, immune function, anti-Parkinson, and Alzheimer's disease medications. [GE]

DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS I
DH   402 2 Credits/Units

11 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

A systematic approach to the prevention and control of dental disease and the promotion of oral health through organized community efforts. Practical application of public health techniques in the assessment of the community to establish what types of oral health programs are needed. Basic principles of research and the development of the skills required for evaluation of professional research. [GE]

DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS II
DH   403 2 Credits/Units

11 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Continuation of Dental Public Health - Research Methods I. Advanced application of public health concepts to plan, implement and evaluate oral health programs that prevent and control dental disease and promote oral health for a designated population. Basic principles of research and the development of the skills required for evaluation of professional research. [GE]

DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH - RESEARCH METHODS III
DH   404 1 Credit/Unit

22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Hygiene Program.

Continuation of Dental Public Health - Research Methods II. Implementation and evaluation of oral health programs at a variety of community settings. Basic principles of research and the development of the skills required for evaluation of professional research. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES V
DH   412 9 Credits/Units

198 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Introduction to development level of advanced instrumentation and patient treatment techniques. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VI
DH   413 9 Credits/Units

198 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Developmental level of advanced instrumentation and patient treatment techniques. [GE]

CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE TECHNIQUES VII
DH   414 9 Credits/Units

198 hours of lab

Demonstration and integration of advanced skills and knowledge with an emphasis on preparation for the practice of dental hygiene. Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program [GE]

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY I
DH   431 2 Credits/Units

11 hours of lecture / 22 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Introduction to restorative techniques with emphasis on placement of amalgam and clinical experience with sealant application. [GE]

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY II
DH   432 5 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture / 66 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Laboratory practice in expanded duties as allowed by Washington State law. Emphasis on placement of amalgam and composite restorations. [GE]

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY III
DH   433 4 Credits/Units

11 hours of lecture / 66 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Clinical and laboratory practice in expanded duties as allowed by Washington State law. Topics include restorative dentistry and associated procedures, dental analgesia, local anesthetic, current dental material evaluation and product selection for use in clinical practice. [GE]

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IV
DH   434 3 Credits/Units

11 hours of lecture / 44 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Mastery of restorative skills to include clinical and lab practice in expanded duties as allowed by Washington State law. Completion of restorative capstone project, encompassing depth and breadth of knowledge acquired from supportive course work. [GE]

SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS I
DH   451 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Issues regarding techniques and strategies for identifying, assessing, and treating patients with special needs and developing technological expertise to access special needs information through various media. [GE]

SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS II
DH   452 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Researching academic, behavioral, and clinical techniques to determine the performance necessary in all phases of patient treatment for a population with special needs. In-depth independent research on a special needs population, as it relates to dental hygiene care. [GE]

SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS III
DH   453 1 Credit/Unit

11 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Expansion of the research in academic, behavioral, and clinical techniques through the development and presentation of a table clinic in order to determine the performance necessary in all phases of patient treatment for a population with special needs. [GE]

NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
DH   471 1 Credit/Unit

8 hours of lecture / 4 hours of lab

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Exploration of nitrous oxide sedation as it applies to the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. Emphasis on patient evaluation, pharmacodynamics, and administration methods and safety issues. Minimum of three clinical patient inductions and recoveries required. Meets multi state licensure requirements for the provisions of nitrous oxide and includes 10 hours of lecture, 3 clinical, and 1 hour written final for a total of 14 hours. [GE] [PNP]

PERIODONTICS II
DH   472 2 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Etiological factors in the periodontal disease process including host response, contributing and risk factors, classifications of periodontal diseases, and HIV and periodontitis. Current methods used to assess and evaluate periodontal disease in a patient will be covered. [GE]

PERIODONTICS III
DH   473 2 Credits/Units

22 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

Evidence-based periodontal disease treatment modalities including non-surgical procedures, modulation of the host response, antimicrobials, lasers, and reevaluation and maintenance procedures. [GE]

CAPSTONE
DH   484 3 Credits/Units

33 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: Consent of the Dental Hygiene Program.

The capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes established by the Clark College Dental Hygiene program. Designed to assess ethical, cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning in a learner-centered and learner-directed manner. Students will create a resume and cover letter as well as develop their interview skills. The capstone course requires an e-portfolio, which serves as an instrument of program assessment. [GE]