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.
- 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.