Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Program Outcomes

Students are expected to learn the following within the Dental Hygiene program:

  1. Dental Hygiene Knowledge and Skills
    • Identify anatomical abnormalities of bone, soft tissue, and teeth.
    • Identify systemic conditions.
    • Explain radiology techniques/errors.
    • Analyze Comprehensive Treatment Plans.
    • Identify the appropriate treatment options required for the clinical condition or situation.
    • Perform safe, effective, and ethical entry-level dental hygiene services.

  2. Research and Problem Solving
    • Apply scientific research methods and the basic principles of evidence-based research to support evidence-based treatment modalities with specific concern for oral health and overall health.
    • Identify problems, investigate and use appropriate methods of reasoning, and develop creative and practical solutions to personal, professional and community issues regarding the delivery of oral health care.

  3. Career Development
    • Recognize critical clinical conditions or situations encountered regularly in the general practice of dentistry.
    • Identify strategies for lifelong learning in healthcare (i.e., professional associations, continuing education, exploring career and educational advancements).
    • Explain and apply the ADHA Code of Ethics in practice.

  4. Interpersonal Interaction and Communication
    • Apply critical thinking, knowledge of teamwork, diversity, and intercultural appreciation to interpersonal interactions.
    • Use technical and information literacy skills to convey information to others.
    • Communicate effectively with patients, peers, the public, and other healthcare professionals using verbal, nonverbal, and written language with clarity, coherence, and purpose.