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Dental Hygiene

Prerequisites: permission of instructor.

Corequisites: DHYG 155 Infection Control

DHYG 140 PRE-CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course is an introduction to Dental Hygiene theory including process of care with emphasis on professionalism, basic instrumentation skills and patient assessment processes. Students enrolled in this course must also be registered for DHYG 141. Department policy requires the student to achieve 75% proficiency in all dental hygiene courses to proceed to the next level of study. Students must be matriculated into the Dental Hygiene program. Two hours lecture per week.

Corequisites: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141), Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 141 PRE-CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course prepares students to perform the specific skills outlined in the Dental Hygiene Process of Care. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, infection control, basic instrumentation skills and patient assessment processes. Patient assessment processes include conducting a medical history interview, documentation of vital signs, head and neck cancer screening exams, caries detection, assessment of deposits and an evaluation of the periodontium. This will be accomplished through lab demonstrations and clinical practice on manikin and/or lab partners, culminating with an initial two appointment clinic patient experience. All students must submit a comprehensive health history to the clinic coordinator prior to sitting as a practice patient in the clinic. A minimum grade of “C” is required. Department policy requires the student to achieve 75% proficiency in all dental hygiene courses to proceed to the next level of study. Students must be matriculated into the Dental Hygiene program, have CPR/AED and First Aid certification, and have proof of current malpractice insurance. Eight hours clinical per week.

Corequisites: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), Infection Control (DHYG 155), and Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 142 - PREPARATION FOR THE PATIENT APPOINTMENT

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course introduces the student to the OSHA infection protocols that are designed to reduce the transfer of pathogens in the clinical setting. It also enables the students to practice preparing the dental unit and treatment room for patient care. In addition, students will learn and practice the technique for assessing vital signs, including pulse, respiration and blood pressure and to perform a head and neck cancer screening examination. This will be accomplished through lab demonstrations and clinical practice on a lab partner. Two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Dental Hygiene matriculation, CPR/AED and First Aid certification, proof of current malpractice insurance.

Corequisites: DHYG 140, DHYG 141, DHYG 155, and DHYG 156 or permission of the instructor.

 

DHYG 145 DENTAL RADIOLOGY

Fall, 3 credit hours

Students will study the production, characteristics, and legal significance of x-rays and their use in the dental and dental hygiene setting, the safety measures necessary for the protection of the operator and the patient, the exposure, processing, mounting, storage of film, errors in technique and their methods of corrections. A minimum grade of “C” is required. Students must be matriculated into the Dental Hygiene program. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Corequisites: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141), Infection Control (DHYG 155), Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 147 HEAD & NECK ANATOMY

Spring, 2 credit hours

Students study the structure and anatomical systems of the head and neck and are exposed to selected body systems. Emphasis will be placed upon aspects of those systems and structures that have dental significance. This course provides the foundation for conducting a cancer screening exam in the clinical setting; and the administration of local anesthesia as part of dental hygiene care. A minimum grade of “C” is required. Two hours lecture per week.

Corequisites: Dental Hygiene Theory I (DHYG 150) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 150 DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY I

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course elaborates and expands upon the theories presented in Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), and introduces additional information Course Descriptions: civil/construction, dental hygiene 118 required when rendering individualized patient care. Specific topics will include dental considerations for patients with chronic diseases taking medications that may impact one’s dental health, recording and reading dental charting, recognizing varying levels of dental disease, and determining appropriate interventions. Emphasis will also be placed on instrument sharpening to aid in effective removal of deposits. Students must also register for DHYG 151. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study. Two hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites:Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141), Dental Radiology (DHYG 145), Infection Control (DHYG 155), Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156) and Histology & Embryology (DHYG 161) or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: Head & Neck Anatomy (DHYG 147), Clinical Dental Hygiene I (DHYG 151), Dental Health Education (DHYG 159), Dental Pathology (DHYG 160), Radiographic Interpretation (DHYG 190), or permission of instructor.

DHYG 151 CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE I

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course is a continuation of Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141). Students will practice and develop their skills when assessing, planning, and implementing care for the child, teen, adult and geriatric patient. Emphasis is placed on the healthy patient as well as patients with gingivitis or slight periodontitis. Although the department has a database of patients to work from, the student is responsible for recruiting new patients. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study. Students must have CPR/AED and First Aid certification, and have proof of current malpractice insurance. Eight hours of clinical per week.

Prerequisites: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141), Dental Radiology (DHYG 145), Infection Control (DHYG 155), Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156), DHYG 161.

Corequisites: Head & Neck Anatomy (DHYG 147), Dental Hygiene Theory I (DHYG 150), Dental Health Education (DHYG 159), Dental Pathology (DHYG 160), Radiographic Interpretation (DHYG 190), or permission of instructor.

DHYG 155 INFECTION CONTROL

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course provides an introduction to the microbial world. This course will provide an overview of the infectious diseases the dental team is potentially exposed to while providing treatment in the dental office, with a strong emphasis on hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, and the herpes viruses. Students will be presented with the rationale for practicing infection control procedures; including the use of appropriate PPE, proper equipment asepsis, and instrument processing. Students will also gain experience developing an office safety program and quality assurance logs. OSHA regulations and CDC guidelines provide the foundation for course content. A minimum grade of “C” is required. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Dental Hygiene matriculation or permission of instructor.

DHYG 156 ORAL ANATOMY

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course examines the structure and function of teeth and associated oral tissues and structures. Laboratory exercises focus on detailed drawings and identification of anatomical landmarks. Students will learn the characteristics of health gingiva, will practice assessing occlusion and will explain how an individual’s occlusion can impact various aspects of dental health. A minimum grade of “C” is required. Students must be matriculated in the Dental Hygiene program. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Corequisites: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 159 DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course provides the necessary background for developing communication skills during individualized instruction in the clinic and group presentations within the community. Students will learn to assess the needs of a diverse population of patients; and will utilize that assessment information to critically develop a dental hygiene diagnosis and appropriate preventive treatment plans for a variety of patients. Throughout this course, students will be exposed to various preventive strategies that can be used to promote and maintain oral health. The student will be expected to develop either a patient education brochure that can be used chair side or design a bulletin board for the clinical area that portrays a preventive message to the observer. Minimum C grade is required. Two hours lecture per week.

Corequisite: Clinical Dental Hygiene I (DHYG 151), or permission of instructor.

DHYG 160 DENTAL PATHOLOGY

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course begins with an introduction to the principles of inflammation and repair. The remainder of the course will be devoted to identifying variations of normal and abnormal tissue lesions found on the oral mucosa and surrounding dental tissues, as well as lesions that might be found on the head and neck. Students will be capable of describing the clinical features of each lesion and will identify the lesions on a slide. This course provides the foundation for identifying and documenting pathology when providing dental hygiene care to patients in the clinical setting. Two hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156) with a minimum grade of “C”.

Corequisite: Dental Hygiene Theory I (DHYG 150), Clinical Dental Hygiene I (DHYG 151) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 161 HISTOLOGY

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course deals with the microscopic aspects of hard and soft oral tissues as well as the embryology of the face, neck and teeth. During the course the students will be exposed to various pathologic variations of oral and facial tissues. A minimum “C” grade is required. One hour of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program or permission of instructor.

DHYG 190 RADIOGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION

Spring, 2 credit hour

This course is a continuation of Dental Radiology (DHYG 145). Students will learn to identify and interpret landmarks and pathologies seen radiographically on periapical, bitewing and panoramic radiographs recognizing areas of decay, the severity of periodontal disease, common dental materials, and abnormalities of bone and tooth structure. A minimum grade of “C” is required. One hour of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Theory (DHYG 140), Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene (DHYG 141), Dental Radiology (DHYG 145), Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156), or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: Dental Hygiene Theory I (DHYC 150), Clinical Dental Hygiene I (DHYG 151), Head & Neck Anatomy (DHYG 147), or permission of instructor.

DHYG 215 PAIN MANAGEMENT

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course is designed to prepare the dental hygiene student with the necessary theory to appropriately carry out treatment plans and successfully administer topical anesthesia, local infiltration anesthesia and/or nitrous oxide analgesia to increase patient comfort and control pain when providing dental hygiene services. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisite: matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program, Oral Anatomy (DHYG 156), Head & Neck Anatomy (DHYG 147), and Infection Control (DHYG 155) with a minimum C grade.

Corequisites: Dental Pharmacology (DHYG 221) and Clinical Dental Hygiene II (DHYG 251) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 220 PERIODONTOLOGY

Fall, 2 credit hours

Emphasis is placed on the structural anatomy of the periodontium, microbiology of plaque, and the pathology of periodontal disease. The student will learn to identify risk factors for periodontal disease, the various components of a comprehensive periodontal chart, treatment modalities utilized in the management of periodontally involved patients, appropriate maintenance intervals, as well as the criteria for determining appropriate referral to a periodontal specialist. Two hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program, Dental Health Education (DHYG 159), or permission of instructor.

Corequisite: Dental Hygiene II Lecture/Lab (DHYG 250), Clinical Dental Hygiene II (DHYG 251), or permission of instructor.

DHYG 221 DENTAL PHARMACOLOGY

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course covers general concepts of drug therapy, drugs used in dentistry, and drugs that may alter dental treatment. The course also covers specific mechanisms of action and clinical applications of therapeutic agents which affect the central and peripheral nervous systems, the heart, the vascular and renal systems, the respiratory and GI systems and the endocrine system. Chemotherapeutic agents, anti-infective agents and anti-neoplastic agents are also discussed. Drugs used in emergencies in the office and special considerations such as drug interactions, pregnant patients and drug abuse are also covered in this course. Two hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program, Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 217 & 218) with a minimum grade of “C+” or permission of instructor.

Corequisite: Clinical Dental Hygiene II (DHYG 251) or permission of the instructor.

DHYG 240 DENTAL MATERIALS THEORY

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course provides a general overview of the chemical and physical properties and structure of materials in dentistry. A combination of lectures, PowerPoints and web assigned activities will prepare the dental hygiene student to develop the skills outlined in the NYS Dental Hygiene Practice Act. Skills will be practiced in the lab setting on a typodont and/or a peer. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study. Two hours lecture per week.

Corequisite: Dental Materials Lab (DHYG 241) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 241 DENTAL MATERIALS LAB

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course enables the dental hygiene student to develop the skills outlined in the NYS Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Practice Act. Skills are learned on a typodont in the lab prior to partner and/or patient practice in the clinical setting. Students will learn the foundation for these skills in Dental Materials (DHYG 240) lecture. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study. Three hours laboratory per week.

Corequisite: Dental Materials (DHYG 240) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 250 DENTAL HYGIENE II LECTURE/LAB

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course provides an opportunity for the dental hygiene student to practice and master proper technique when managing pain during a dental hygiene appointment. Successful completion of this course will enable the student to qualify for NYS certification in local anesthesia. Emphasis will also be placed on the following dental hygiene skills: extrinsic stain removal, utilization of the intraoral camera, management of the geriatric patient, advanced instrumentation techniques utilized when providing hygiene services for periodontally involved patients. One hour lecture, three hours of laboratory per week.

Corequisites: Pain Management (DHYG 215), Peridontology (DHYG 220), Clinical Dental Hygiene II (DHYG 251), or permission of instructor. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study.

DHYG 251 CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE II

Fall, 3 credit hours

This course is a continuation of Clinical Dental Hygiene I (DHYG 151) with continued emphasis on the dental hygiene process of care. Students will not only provide continued care for patients treated in the second semester but will also asses, plan and implement care for patients with advanced periodontal disease. Students are also expected to demonstrate more efficient time management skills so they are prepared to enter the workforce. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study. Students must have CPR/AED and First Aid certification, and have proof of current malpractice insurance. Twelve hours clinical per week.

Prerequisites: Head & Neck Anatomy (DHYG 147), Dental Hygiene Theory I (DHYC 150), Clinical Dental Hygiene I (DHYG 151), and Dental Pathology (DHYG 160), or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: Pain Management (DHYG 215), Peridontology (DHYG 220), Dental Pharmacology (DHYG 221), Dental Materials (DHYG 240), Dental Materials Lab (DHYG 241), Dental Hygiene II Lecture/Lab (DHYG 250), or permission of instructor.

DHYG 256 MEDICAL EMERGENCIES IN THE DENTAL OFFICE

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course discusses the steps taken to reduce the risk of medical emergencies in the dental office; prepares the student to identify the early signs of various medical emergencies, and summarizes the steps taken to properly manage emergency situations while waiting for a paramedic to arrive on the scene. Students read weekly lectures and submit assignments through SUNY Canton’s course management system ANGEL. A minimum grade of “C” is required to proceed to the next level of study.

DHYG 260 COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH

Spring, 2 credit hours

This writing intensive course is an introduction to the philosophy of community dental health and explores principles of community based oral health program assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, fluoridation, dental health education, epidemiology of dental diseases, and the use of biostatistical methods and materials for research are discussed. A minimum “C” grade is required to graduate.

Prerequisite: matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program or permission of the instructor.

Corequisite: Clinical Dental Hygiene III (DHYG 270) or permission of the instructor.

DHYG 263 DENTAL NUTRITION

Spring, 2 credit hours

Study of current topics in nutrition along with basic principles of nutrition. Dietary counseling in relationship to dental health and incorporation of nutrition education in a dental office practice. Diet modifications for clients (patients) with special needs will also be reviewed. Two hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite:matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program.

Corequisite:Clinical Dental Hygiene III (DHYG 270) or permission of the instructor.

DHYG 270 CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE III

Spring, 4 credit hours

This course is a continuation of DHYG 251 Clinical Dental Hygiene II with emphasis on individualized comprehensive dental hygiene care for the periodontally involved patient. Students will administer topical and local anesthesia to manage patient discomfort during scaling and root planning procedures. Each student will also have an opportunity to administer a locally delivered antimicrobial agent. Instructional labs will be utilized to acquire practice managing patients in specialty practices and alternative practice settings such as nursing homes. Students must have current CPR/ AED certification, and current malpractice insurance. Three hours teaching laboratory, twelve hours clinical per week.

Prerequisite: Pain Management (DHYG 215), Peridontology (DHYG 220), Dental Pharmacology (DHYG 221), Dental Materials (DHYG 240), Dental Materials Lab (DHYG 241), Dental Hygiene II Lecture/Lab (DHYG 250), Clinical Dental Hygiene II (DHYG 251), or permission of instructor.

Corequisites: Senior Seminar (DHYG 285) and Special Needs Patients (DHYG 290) or permission of instructor.

DHYG 280 ETHICS & JURISPRUDENCE

Spring, 1 credit hour

This course is designed to show the relationship between the law and the dental profession; and to provide the hygiene student with the necessary skills to practice within the law. All students will complete a child abuse recognition training that will fulfill the necessary pre-requisite requirement for licensure in NYS. Students will not only recognize signs of abuse but will become familiar with the reporting protocols. All students will develop a resume and will have an opportunity to partake in a mock interview. The course will conclude with discussions on marketing and practice management techniques that will prepare students for entry into the workforce. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisite: matriculation into the Dental Hygiene program or permission of the instructor.

DHYG 285 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR

Spring, 1 credit hour

This capstone course emphasizes case based learning, which involves the integration of theory, knowledge, and research and its individualized practical application to patient care. Students will review cases and apply the knowledge accumulated in their two years of dental hygiene studies to plan and manage care for the pediatric, geriatric, adult, periodontal, and the medically compromised patient. The course is designed to prepare students for the dental hygiene licensing exams. All students will participate in a pretest and a mock national examination. This is a five week course with 3.5 hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisite: matriculation in the Dental Hygiene program and Dental Hygiene II Lecture/Lab (DHYG 250), Clinical Dental Hygiene II (DHYG 251) or permission of the instructor.

DHYG 290 MANAGEMENT OF SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS

Spring, 1 credit hour

This course will heighten the hygiene student’s understanding of the dental needs of patients with varying medical conditions as well as those with physical, sensory and emotional conditions that can impact a patient’s oral health and require modified care during the dental appointment. Understanding the dynamic oral-systemic link will enable the student to develop appropriate treatment plans and provide individualized, patient centered care for all patients. A minimum grade of “C” is required. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisite: matriculation into the Dental Hygiene program or permission of the instructor

DHYG 310 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN DENTAL HYGIENE

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines current societal and professional issues and their impact on dental hygiene practice. The student will discuss the Healthy People 2020, including issues, trends, disparities and opportunities. Students will examine the roles of the dental hygienist and discuss the dental hygienists’ role in increasing access to dental care. Students will research and compare traditional and alternative practice models, and propose changes to improve
dental care delivery. This is a writing intensive course in which the student will prepare a manuscript for publication following ADHA author guidelines. Three hours lecture per week.

DHYG 330/HSMB 330 GRANT WRITING STRATEGIES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides a general overview of the grant seeking process. The facilitator will discuss the types of projects that generally get funded, sources that can be used to identify prospective funders, as well as the essential components of a well written grant. Participants will create a needs statement, develop a project that will address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that project, develop a budget and identify an evaluation tool that could be used to measure outcomes for the project.

DHYG 340/BSAD 340 MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the foundations of effective management communication. It focuses on communicating strategically and persuasively in a professional environment. Skills such as advocacy, framing issues clearly and strategically, preparing a team for communicating in a competitive environment, facilitating meetings, and adapting arguments to audiences’ needs will be developed. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Expository Writing (ENGL 101) and junior level status or the permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: Junior level status is a pre-requisite for this course.

DHYG 350 CURRENT ISSUES IN PERIODONTICS

Fall, 3 credit hours

Students taking this course will research and discuss current studies in periodontology and related disciplines to identify factors which may modify theory or practice. Focus will be placed on the relationship of periodontal health to systemic health, current concepts in etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment. Three hours lecture per week.


DHYG 360 DENTAL HYGIENE TEACHING METHODOLOGY

Fall, 4 credit hours

This course provides the dental hygienist with the background to become an effective classroom and clinical instructor. Students will discuss the current philosophy of dental hygiene education and the American Dental Associations’ accreditation requirements regarding course syllabi, instructional objectives, learning experiences, evaluation procedures and remediation policies. Students will explore the various learning styles and classroom techniques that can be utilized to incorporate all learning styles, motivate the learner and enhance the learning process. Four hours lecture per week.

DHYG 370/NURS 370 RESEARCH METHODS IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides an intense comprehensive study of the scientific research process utilized in the social and health sciences. Students will be trained to be critical consumers of published research and will be expected to complete a research project. Topics that will be covered include the underlying theory of research; and data management and presentation. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Enrolled in RN-BS or B. Tech in Dental Hygiene program. Statistics (MATH 141) or equivalent coursework is a prerequisite/corequisite or permission of instructor.


DHYG 385 ORIENTATION TO INTERNSHIP

Fall, 1 credit hour

An internship is required to complete degree requirements for the Bachelor of Technology in Dental Hygiene. This course is a pre-requisite course that will provide students with a clear sense of direction and will enhance success in DHYG 390. The instructor will discuss best practices when searching for internship opportunities as well as the fundamentals for developing an internship contract that meets SUNY Canton guidelines. Students are expected to identify their anticipated goals and will submit a proposed time schedule for completing the proposed internship. Students will also be provided with some guidance for documenting daily reflections and activities in a journal and tips for building a professional portfolio. One hour lecture per week.

DHYG 390 DENTAL HYGIENE INTERNSHIP

Spring, 6 credit hours

This internship course enables students to acquire practical experience in a variety of professional settings that draw on concepts and skills gained from the academic experience. Students will develop new knowledge and skills by taking an active role in the cooperating organization. Students will develop an internship contract based on personal interests and career aspirations. Internship proposals must be presented and approved prior to registration for the course. Students must complete a minimum of 240 hours of internship study. Placement cannot be in their workplace.

DHYG 291-295, 391-395 OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN DENTAL HYGIENE

Fall/Spring, 1 - 4 credit hours

Special Topics in Dental Hygiene will fulfill the general DHYG component of the distribution requirement of the College. It may be repeated for credit depending on the content of the course. It is not a course offered on a regular basis within the department. The intent of a special topics course is to offer an educational experience which is topical, not available within the regular curricular offerings, and may even be offered interdepartmentally depending on the nature of the course.