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Dental Hygienist

10-508-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 70 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Dental hygienists play an important role in helping patients maintain oral health and prevent oral diseases. You will learn how to inspect the mouth, remove stains and deposits from teeth, apply preventative agents, and prepare clinical and diagnostic tests. You’ll also learn how to take dental x-rays and perform many other services related to oral care. You’ll get training in counseling patients about nutrition, oral hygiene and dental care, and will gain skills in reviewing medical history, administering screening exams, assessing periodontal health, exposing x-rays and administering local anesthesia. With this training, you’ll be prepared for credentialing exams and a great career as a dental hygienist. That’s a lot to smile about.

COURSE LIST

Technical Studies (41 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Dental Health Safety
10-508-101
1
Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.
Prerequisites: Admission to Dental Assistant with coreq. of Dental & General Anatomy, Dental Chairside, Dental Radiography, Dental Materials, DA Clinical and DA Professionalism OR Admission to Dental Hygienist and Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology
Oral Anatomy, Embry, Histology
10-508-102
4
Prepares Dental Hygienist students to apply detailed knowledge about oral anatomy to planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation of patient care. Students identify distinguishing characteristics of normal and abnormal dental, head and neck anatomy and its relationship to tooth development, eruption and health.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >=88, Sentence >=92 & Arithmetic >=85, OR ACT(Read/Engl/Math) >= 21 OR Program Prep; Gen A & P (10806177 or 10806195); Intro to Biochemistry (10806186 or 10806101); Microbiology (10806197); Coreq: Success Strategies (10508149)
Dental Radiography
10-508-103
2
Prepares students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.
Prerequisites: Oral Anatomy, Embry & Histology, Dental Hlth Safety; Corequisite: DH Process 1 if Dental Hygiene student. If Dental Asst student, Dental Hlth Safety, Dental & Gen Anatomy, Dental Chairside, Materials, DA Clinical and DA Professionalism.
Dental Hygiene Process 1
10-508-105
4
Introduces students to the basic technical/clinical skills required of practicing dental hygienists including use of basic dental equipment, examination of patients and procedures within the dental unit. Under direct supervision of an instructor, students integrate hands-on skills with entry-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Reinforces the application of dental safety skills.
Prerequisites: Oral Anatomy, Embry, Histology (10-508-102); Dental Health Safety (10-508-101); Corequisite: Dental Radiography (10-508-103)
Dental Hygiene Process 2
10-508-106
4
Builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student began developing Dental Hygiene Process 1. Introduces the application of fluoride and desensitizing agents, whole mouth assessments, comprehensive periodontal examinations, application of sealants and patient classification. Students begin performing removal of supragingival stain, dental plaque, calcified accretions and deposits.
Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 1 (10-508-105); Corequisites: Periodontology (10-508-108); Cariology (10-508-109)
Dental Hygiene Ethics & Professionalism
10-508-107
1
Helps student dental hygienists develop and apply high professional and ethical standards. Students apply the laws that govern the practice of dental hygiene to their work with patients, other members of a dental team and the community. Emphasis is placed on maintaining confidentiality and obtaining informed consent. Students enhance their ability to present a professional appearance.
Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 4 (10-508-117)
Periodontology
10-508-108
3
Prepares student to assess the periodontal health of patients, plan prevention and treatment of periodontal disease, and to evaluate the effectiveness of periodontal treatment plans. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of the signs and causes of periodontal disease and on selection of treatments modalities that minimize risk and restore periodontal health.
Corequisites: Dental Hygiene Process 2 (10-508-106); General and Oral Pathology (10-508-111); Cariology (10-508-109)
Cariology
10-508-109
1
Focuses on the characteristics and contributing factors of dental decay. Dental Hygiene students help patients minimize caries risk by developing treatment plans, communicating methods to patients, and evaluating treatment results.
Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 2 (10-508-106)
Nutrition and Dental Health
10-508-110
2
Prepares student dental hygienists to counsel patients about diet and its impact on oral health. Students learn to distinguish between balanced and unbalanced diets and to construct diets that meet the needs of patients with compromised dental/oral health. Students also learn to counsel patients about the effect of eating disorders on dental health.
Prerequisites: Intro to Biochemistry (10-806-186); Oral Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology (10-508-102)
General & Oral Pathology
10-508-111
3
Prepares the student to determine when to consult, treat or refer clients with various disease, infection or physiological conditions. Students learn to recognize the signs, causes, and implications of common pathological conditions including inflammatory responses, immune disorders, genetic disorders, developmental disorders of tissues and cysts, oral tissue trauma, and neoplasm of the oral cavity.
Prerequisites: Oral Anatomy, Embryology, and Histology (10-508-102); Dental Radiography (10-508-103)
Dental Hygiene Process 3
10-508-112
5
This clinical course builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills student dental hygienists developed in Dental Hygiene Process 2. In consultation with the instructor, students apply independent problem-solving skills in the course of providing comprehensive care for calculus case type 1, 2 and 3 patients and perio case type 0, I, II and III patients. Dental Hygiene Process 3 also introduces root detoxification using hand and ultra-sonic instruments, manipulation of files, use of oral irrigators, selection of dental implant prophylaxis treatment options and administration of chemotherapeutic agents. Students also adapt care plans in order to accommodate patients with special needs.
Prerequisites: Nutrition and Dental Health (10-508-110); Dental Hygiene Process 2 (10-508-106); Periodontology (10-508-108); Cariology (10-508-109)
Dental Materials
10-508-113
2
Prepares students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. They also learn to take alginate impressions on manikins and clean removable appliances. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.
Prerequisites: Oral Anatomy; Dental Hlth Safety; DH Process 1 if Dental Hygiene student. If Dental Asst student, Dental Hlth Safety, Dental & Gen Anatomy, Dental Chairside, Dental Radiography, DA Clinical and DA Professionalism.
Dental Pharmacology
10-508-114
2
Prepares student dental hygienists to select safe and effective patient pre-medication, local anesthetic, chemo therapeutic and anti-microbial agents within the scope of dental hygiene practice. Students learn to recognize potential pharmacological contraindications for specific patients and to take measures to avoid negative impact or alert other members of the dental team to possible negative impact.
Prerequisites: Intro to Biochemistry (10-806-186); Microbiology (10-806-197); Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 1 (10-508-105)
Community Dental Health
10-508-115
2
Prepares the Dental Hygienist student to play a proactive role in improving the dental health of community members of all ages. Students perform and interpret dental health research to determine community dental health needs. They also participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of a community dental health program.
Prerequisite: Dental Pharmacology (10-508-114) or Pharmacology for Health Occupations (10-501-103); Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10-508-112)
Dental Pain Management
10-508-116
1
Prepares the student dental hygienist to work within the scope of dental hygiene practice to manage pain for dental patients. Students learn to prevent and manage common emergencies related to administration of local anesthesia, prepare the armamentarium, and administer local anesthesia. The course also addresses the recommendation of alternative pain control measures.
Prerequisite: Dental Pharmacology (10-508-114) or Pharmacology for Health Occupations (10-501-103); Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10-508-112)
Dental Hygiene Process 4
10-508-117
4
Builds on and expands the technical/clinical skills developed in Dental Hygiene Process 3. With feedback from the instructor, students manage all aspects of cases in the course of providing comprehensive care for calculus case type 0, 1, 2 and 3 patients and for perio case type 0, I, II and III patients.
Prerequisites: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10-508-112); Community Dental Health (10-508-115); Dental Pain Management (10-508-116); Corequisite: DH Ethics & Professionalism (10-508-107)

General Studies (27 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
10-806-177
4
Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. (This course also provides the foundation, and is prerequisite to, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.)
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >=18 OR Program Prep; 2 semesters of HS Chemistry OR Gen Chemistry (10-806-134) with C or better. Can't enroll in multiple sections of Gen A&P in the same term.
Intro to Biochemistry
10-806-186
4
Provides students with skills and knowledge of organic and biological chemistry necessary for application within Nursing and other Allied Health careers. Emphasis is on recognizing the structure, physical properties and chemical reactions of organic molecules, body fluids, and acids. Additional emphasis is placed on biological functions and their relationships to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and DNA.
Prereq: Two semesters of high school chemistry or General Chemistry (10-806-134) with grade of C or better; ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep
Microbiology
10-806-197
4
Examines microbial structure, metabolism, genetics, growth, and the relationship between humans and microorganisms. Addresses disease production, epidemiology, host defense mechanisms and the medical impact of microbes. Examines the role of microbes in the environment, industry and biotechnology. Students have the following flexible lecture options: in-class, Webcast, podcast or Interactive Television.
Prereq: Gen A&P (806-177) or A&P 1 (806-195) with a C or better grade AND 2 semesters of hs chemistry or Gen Chemistry (806-134) with a C or better grade. Cannot enroll in Microbiology and Adv A&P OR be enrolled in multiple sections within the same term.
Developmental Psychology
10-809-188
3
Studies human development across the lifespan from conception through old age and death. It focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development of a person and presents the normal range of responses, reactions and behaviors of age-related development. It also helps students to distinguish what might be considered dysfunctional.
Prerequisite: Intro to Psychology (10-809-198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
Intro to Sociology
10-809-196
3
Focuses on the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis is placed on culture, socialization and social stratification. The course also looks at five institutions: family, politics, economics, religion and education. Additional topics include demography, deviance, technology, environmental social issues, and social change and organization.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3
Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Written Communication
10-801-195
3
Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3
Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Sent) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree. Personal/prof dev students who have not taken ACCUPLACER or ACT must consult with instructor.

Suggested Electives (2 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Spanish 1 Health Care
10-141-110
3
Students learn basic phrases and questions necessary for health care tasks. Upon completion, the participant will have the basic ability to understand spoken Spanish, gain insight into cross-cultural issues as well as to express and obtain explanations of common symptoms, the nature and the duration of an illness and obtain patient vitals.
Dental Hygiene National Board Review
10-508-119
2
Designed for Dental Hygienist graduates preparing for the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Students work independently and online, with access to material from fifteen courses which comprise the Dental Hygienist core curriculum. Usage is limited to school computer lab. Student must be a graduate or enrolled in the last semester of the Dental Hygienist program.
Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 3 (10-508-112)
Dental Office Management
10-508-120
2
Prepares dental auxiliary students to manage telephones, appointments, recall systems and inventory. Students also develop the skills needed to process accounts receivable and payable, collections, and third-party reimbursements. This course is aligned to serve students in the Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant programs.
Corequisite: Dental Assistant Clinical (31-508-306)
Dental Hygiene, Transition into Practice
10-508-130
1
Prepares students for the written licensing and clinical practice examinations. It includes simulated, written and practical exams; an individualized study plan; stress/test anxiety management strategies; and dental hygiene licensing.
Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Process 4 (10-508-117)
Success Strategies for Dental Hygienists
10-508-149
2
Provides students with the tools needed for success in the vital, realistic, and practical methods of critical thinking skills for dental hygienists. Decision making, problem solving, analysis of ideas, troubleshooting, creativity, setting goals and objectives are highlights of the course.
Dental Hygiene Independent Study
10-508-150
1
Enables the dental hygiene students to select a topic of their choice and, with instructor approval and guidance, conduct advanced study of the topic.
Intercultural Communication
10-699-102DE
3
Sensitizes students to the needs and expectations of people of other cultures and introduces skills necessary for effective intercultural communication. Topics include appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication, written communication patterns, business and social etiquette, and intercultural negotiation strategies. Students will also examine universal systems, cultural values and problems associated with language diversity.
Independent Study - Science Department
10-806-103
1
Provides individually designed course work to upgrade transfer credit and student skills equal to FVTC courses. The student receives a timeline, topics, assignments and assessment strategies from a faculty member. The instructor and the student sign the agreed upon course document. This course requires approval from the dean for credit.

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