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Dental Hygiene

Program Plan

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Dental Hygiene
1st Semester 
3.0 credits DHYG-110: Head/Neck Anatomy
A study of anatomy and physiology of the head and neck region with an emphasis on the oral cavity.
Prerequisites: Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: DHYG-112,DHYG-113,DHYG-114,DHYG-115,DHYG-217
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits DHYG-112: Tooth Morphology
The study of the anatomy of human teeth, exfoliation and occlusion.
Prerequisites: Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: DHYG-110,DHYG-113,DHYG-114,DHYG-115,DHYG-217
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits DHYG-113: Preclinical Dental Hygiene Seminar
Introductory knowledge, skills and attitudes to function in the clinical setting and be able to continue in clinical dental hygiene courses. Emphasis is placed on scientific principles and current theory, prevention of disease transmission, ethical and professional treatment of patients, clinical preparation and comprehensive care of the patient.
Prerequisites: Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: DHYG-110,DHYG-112,DHYG-114,DHYG-115,DHYG-217
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits DHYG-114: Preclinical Dental Hygiene
Clinical application of basic theories and procedures used in dental hygiene practice. The emphasis is on the techniques of instrumentation used in performing diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services utilized in providing comprehensive patient care. The dental hygiene student will have an opportunity to practice techniques on manikins and student partners in the clinic.
Prerequisites: Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: DHYG-110,DHYG-112,DHYG-113,DHYG-115,DHYG-217
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits DHYG-115: Oral Histology & Embryology
Introduction to general histology and embryology with emphasis on the microscopic structures of enamel, dentin, pulp, cementum, periodontal ligament, bone, oral mucosa, epithelial attachment and orofacial structures.
Prerequisites: Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: DHYG-110,DHYG-112,DHYG-113,DHYG-114,DHYG-217
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits DHYG-217: Dental Radiography
A study of radiation physics, hygiene and safety theories. Emphasis on the fundamentals of oral radiographic techniques and interpretation of radiographs. Includes exposure of intra-oral radiographs, quality assurance, radiographic interpretation, patient selection criteria and other ancillary radiographic techniques.
Prerequisites: Admissions into the Dental Hygiene Program.
Corequisites: DHYG-110,DHYG-112,DHYG-113,DHYG-114,DHYG-115
Offered: FALL
2nd Semester 
2.0 credits DHYG-222: Medical Emergencies
A study of life-threatening emergencies which occur in the Dental Office and the prevention, preparation and management of these emergencies. This course is primarily designed for the Health Care Provider and covers emergencies commonly encountered in the dental setting.
Prerequisites: DHYG-110, DHYG-112, DHYG-113, DHYG-114, DHYG-115 and DHYG-217.
Corequisites: DHYG-223,DHYG-224,DHYG-227,DHYG-231
Offered: SP
2.0 credits DHYG-223: Clinical Dental Hygiene Seminar I
Continuing development of a theoretical framework of dental hygiene treatment with advancement of dental hygiene proficiency in all areas of dental hygiene treatment. Presentation and discussion of case histories from patients and preventive measures employed against disease concurrent with clinical practice with emphasis on special needs patients.
Prerequisites: DHYG-110 DHYG-112 DHYG-113 DHYG-114 DHYG-115 DHYG-217;
Corequisites: DHYG-222,DHYG-224,DHYG-227,DHYG-231
Offered: SP
3.0 credits DHYG-224: Clinical Dental Hygiene I
Introduction to the clinic and patient clinical skills, patient assessment, treatment and appointment scheduling, preventive techniques and application of dental hygiene procedures in the clinical setting. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical faculty.
Prerequisites: DHYG-110, DHYG-112, DHYG-113, DHYG-114, DHYG-115, and DHYG-217;
Corequisites: DHYG-222,DHYG-223,DHYG-227,DHYG-231
Offered: SP
3.0 credits DHYG-227: General and Oral Pathology
An introduction to general and oral pathology with an emphasis on diseases affecting the oral region, including the principles of inflammation and healing; developmental disturbances; the pathology of dental caries; dental and oral abnormalities; bacterial, viral and mycotic diseases; oral injuries and neoplasms. Premalignant lesions and their differences from common benign conditions are emphasized.
Prerequisites: DHYG-110, DHYG-112, DHYG-113, DHYG-114, DHYG-115, and DHYG-217;
Corequisites: DHYG-222,DHYG-223,DHYG-224,DHYG-231
Offered: SP
3.0 credits DHYG-231: Periodontology
A study of the normal and diseased periodontium to include the structural, functional and environmental factors. Emphasis on etiology, pathology, treatment modalities and therapeutic and preventive periodontics in a contemporary private practice setting.
Prerequisites: DHYG-110, DHYG-112, DHYG-113, DHYG-114, DHYG-115, and DHYG-217
Corequisites: DHYG-222,DHYG-223,DHYG-224,DHYG-227
Offered: SP
Summer Session 
3.0 credits DHYG-221: Dental Biomaterials
A study of the composition, chemical and physical properties, manipulation and uses of dental materials. Laboratory experiences include the manipulation and application of materials used in dentistry.
Prerequisites: DHYG-222, DHYG-223, DHYG-224, DHYG-227, and DHYG-231.
Corequisites: DHYG-225
Offered: SU
1.0 credits DHYG-225: Clinical Dental Hygiene Seminar II
A continuation of clinical skills, patient assessment, treatment, scheduling, preventive techniques and application of dental hygiene procedures at the intermediate level. Work-based instruction that helps students synthesize new knowledge, apply previous knowledge or gain experience managing the workflow. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical faculty.
Prerequisites: DHYG-222, DHYG-223 ,DHYG-224, DHYG-227, and DHYG-231;
Corequisites: DHYG-221
Offered: SU
3rd Semester 
3.0 credits DHYG-229: Pharmacology
A study of the pharmacological aspects of drugs and drug groups with which the dentist and dental hygienist are directly and indirectly concerned. Emphasis is placed on nomenclature, origin, physical and chemical properties, modes of administration, interactions and effects upon the body systems.
Prerequisites: DHYG-221 and DHYG-225
Corequisites: DHYG-233,DHYG-234,DHYG-235,DHYG-237
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits DHYG-233: Clinical Dental Hygiene Seminar III
Continuing development of a theoretical framework of dental hygiene treatment with advancement of dental hygiene proficiency in all areas of dental hygiene treatment. Presentation and discussion of case histories from patients and preventive measures employed against disease concurrent with clinical practice with emphasis on special needs patients.
Prerequisites: DHYG-221 and DHYG-225
Corequisites: DHYG-229,DHYG-234,DHYG-235,DHYG-237
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits DHYG-234: Clinical Dental Hygiene III
A continuation of clinical skills, patient assessments, treatment and appointment scheduling, preventive techniques and application of dental hygiene procedures at the intermediate to advanced level. Work-based instruction that helps students synthesize new knowledge, apply previous knowledge or gain experience managing the workflow. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical faculty.
Prerequisites: DHYG-221 and DHYG-225
Corequisites: DHYG-229,DHYG-233,DHYG-235,DHYG-237
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits DHYG-235: Dental Public Health
Study of the principles and concepts of community public health and dental health education with an emphasis on community assessment, educational planning, implementation and evaluation. Introduction to statistical, scientific review of literature. Laboratory emphasizes methods and materials used in teaching dental health education in various community environments.
Prerequisites: DHYG-221 and DHYG-225
Corequisites: DHYG-229,DHYG-233,DHYG-234,DHYG-237
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits DHYG-237: Anesthesia and Pain Control
A study of the application of various physical, chemical and psychological modalities to the prevention and treatment of pre-operative and post-operative patient anxiety and pain. Emphasis is placed on dental hygiene administration of local anesthesia and the monitoring of nitrous oxide.
Prerequisites: DHYG-221 and DHYG-225
Corequisites: DHYG-229,DHYG-233,DHYG-234,DHYG-235
Offered: FALL
4th Semester 
2.0 credits DHYG-243: Clinical Dental Hygiene Seminar IV
A continuation of information to prepare the student for advanced clinical practice. Provides an in-depth study of dental hygiene care for diverse patient populations and provides a forum for evaluation of the service project from Dental Public Health, and synthesis of all dental hygiene knowledge, skills and attitudes into a case presentation.
Prerequisites: DHYG-229, DHYG-233, DHYG-234, DHYG-235, and DHYG-237
Corequisites: DHYG-244,DHYG-245,DHYG-247,DHYG-248
Offered: SP
3.0 credits DHYG-244: Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
The clinical sessions combine both basic and advanced dental hygiene skills with time management techniques essential for private practice. Comprehensive patient care to include assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene care, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, adjunct clinical procedures, ultrasonic instrumentation, patient management, sealants and comprehensive programs for control of dental diseases will be emphasized. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Course consists of faculty supervised patient treatment in the clinic.
Prerequisites: DHYG-229, DHYG-233, DHYG-234, DHYG-235, and DHYG-237
Corequisites: DHYG-243,DHYG-245,DHYG-247,DHYG-248
Offered: SP
2.0 credits DHYG-245: Principles of Practice
Examination of the dental hygienists role in practice settings including dental office management, employment considerations in both traditional and non-traditional settings, the future role of the dental hygienist, resume preparation and job interviewing. Emphasis on the laws governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in New Mexico and the ethical standards established by the dental hygiene profession.
Prerequisites: DHYG-229, DHYG-233, DHYG-234, DHYG-235, and DHYG-237
Corequisites: DHYG-243,DHYG-244,DHYG-247,DHYG-248
Offered: SP
2.0 credits DHYG-247: Practicum
The practicum provides the student the opportunity to apply the theory of dental hygiene practice and supervised clinical experience to a practical setting.
Prerequisites: DHYG-229, DHYG-233, DHYG-234, DHYG-235, and DHYG-237
Corequisites: DHYG-243,DHYG-244,DHYG-245,DHYG-248
Offered: SP
1.0 credits DHYG-248: Board Review
A comprehensive review of dental hygiene topics found on the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE). This course is designed to help prepare the student to take the NBDHE by reviewing test taking skills and strategies, study techniques as well as a review of topics and specific questions that the student might have. Prerequites: Senior Dental Hygiene Student in their last semester.
Prerequisites: DHYG-229, DHYG-223, DHYG-234, DHYG-235, and DHYG-237.
Corequisites: DHYG-243,DHYG-244,DHYG-245,DHYG-247
Offered: SP

For more information, please call Dental Hygiene at (505) 566-3642. Or send us an email at dentalprogram@sanjuancollege.edu.