Program Learning Outcomes

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.