Kalamazoo Valley Community College

KVCC Catalog


DHY 111 Anatomy, Embryology, Histology
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course presents a study of the structure and form of the teeth. Histology and embryology focus on the development of the orofacial complex. Knowledge gained is fundamental in helping the student determine normal, atypical and abnormal elements during oral examination and dental charting procedures. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the program REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 113, DHY 114, DHY 119.

DHY 113 Dental Imaging Techniques
1-0-3 (Standard Lab) This application course includes a series of x-ray demonstrations and laboratory practice sessions for dental diagnostic purposes and radiographic charting procedures. Cognitive knowledge includes radiobiological effects and radiation protection. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the program REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 111, DHY 114, DHY 119.

DHY 114 Oral Pathology
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The student learns the identification, classification, etiology, treatment, and consequences of abnormal conditions of the oral cavity and supporting structures. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of ENG 160 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 111, DHY 119.

DHY 119 Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic
5-2-9 (Lecture/Standard Lab) The dental hygiene student is introduced to the procedures of the prophylaxis appointment and the use of instruments and technology in performing related assessment, preventive, and therapeutic services. Background theory is used to support those procedures to be performed during clinical experience. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the program is REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 111, DHY 113, DHY 114.

DHY 120 Oral Health Care
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The student learns and implements the basic philosophy and procedures involved in promoting oral health. Various patient situations and preventive techniques are emphasized. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of ENG 160 and DHY 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 124, DHY 129.

DHY 123 Dental Imaging Interpretation
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is a lecture/seminar encompassing the principles of radiation physics, radiographic quality assurance and imaging theory including interpretation of images. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 111, DHY 113, DHY 114, and DHY 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 121, DHY 124, DHY 129.

DHY 124 Periodontology
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The dental hygiene student learns the etiology of periodontal diseases, anatomy and histology of the diseased periodontium and advanced periodontal treatment. The student will apply this knowledge in developing and implementing patient care plans including: the diagnosis, intervention, advanced clinical instrumentation, outcome assessment, maintenance, and referral when necessary. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 114 and DHY 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 121, DHY 123, DHY 129.

DHY 129 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
4-1-9 (Lecture/Clinic) This is a seminar/clinical course implementing the basic principles of routine dental hygiene care. The student will be introduced to additional risk assessments for the patient care plan and additional preventive products and procedures. The clinical experience will emphasize competency in oral examination procedures and in the treatment of clients with a diagnosis of health to gingivitis. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 111, DHY 113, DHY 114, and DHY 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 121, DHY 122, DHY 124.

DHY 131 Anatomy of the Head and Neck
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is the study of the anatomy of the human head and neck for students of Dental Hygiene. The student will examine human skulls identifying anatomical landmarks that apply to clinical services including radiography and anesthesiology. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of BIO 210 and DHY 111 or permission of the instructor REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 139.

DHY 139 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
3-1-6 (Lecture/Clinic) This is a seminar/clinical course building upon previously learned skills and developing competency in advanced skills needed for clients with various types of periodontitis. Dental hygiene care planning includes periodintitis with moderate to severe attachment loss. This course includes specific learning objectives relating to the theories of health education learning and the management of various dental client behaviors using case studies and role playing. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 119, DHY 121, DHY 123, DHY 124, and DHY 129 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 131.

DHY 241 Dental Materials
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is a study of biomaterials for the fundamental skills of clinical dental hygiene. The student is introduced to the science of dental materials and will have an understanding of the behavior of materials, how to handle the materials properly and to educate the client concerning the dental material. The student will investigate and report on the various dental specialties. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 111, DHY 119, and DHY 121 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 242, DHY 244, DHY 248, DHY 249.

DHY 242 Orofacial Myology
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course introduces the student to the concepts of preventive and interceptive techniques in the treatment of dental malocclusions. The student will learn to detect, document, and treat various oral habits that may be causing or contributing to dental malocclusions. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and behavior modification of client behaviors. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 111, DHY 119, and DHY 131 are REQUIRED.

DHY 244 Pain Management
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides the basic and current concepts of local anesthetics, nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation, and other pain management modalities. Included in this rational for pain control, psychological considerations, selection of pain management modalities, armamentarium, essential anatomy, neurophysiology, pharmacology, systemic complications, safety and administration, infection control, post-operative instruction, record keeping, risk management, and complications of anesthetic agents. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of BIO 110, BIO 210, DHY 111, DHY 131, high school chemistry with a C or higher or CHM 099 or CHM 100 with a 2.0 or higher are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 241, DHY 242, DHY 248, DHY 249.

DHY 248 Community Dental Hygiene I
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The dental hygiene student will work with an assigned group in assessing the oral health needs of the community, planning and developing an intervention project with a target group, and begin the intervention. This project will continue the following semester with an analysis of the project including the outcomes. Each group will create a table clinic and present their project in DHY 258. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of ENG 160 and DHY 121 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 249.

DHY 249 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
5-1-12 (Lecture/Clinic) The student in this course continues practicing routine client therapy skills in the following accessory dental hygiene procedures: amalgam polishing, overhang removal, root desensitization, chemical irrigation, and localized antimicrobial placement. The introduction to a variety of hand instruments that can be used as supplemental instruments, soft tissue curettage, and time management enables the student to become proficient in providing therapy for periodontally involved clients. This course has specific learning objectives relating to dental hygiene care plans, case presentation skills, and advanced clinical procedures including clients with compromised medical, physical, or mental conditions. Prerequisite: DHY 169 and DHY 215. Corequisite: DHY 204. Comment: Students will be assigned 12 hours of clinic per week.

DHY 249 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
5-1-12 (Lecture/Clinic) This is a seminar/clinical course continuing the development of routine client therapy skills already introduced with the addition of supplemental dental hygiene services as needed. Students are expected to become more efficient in time management for services provided as well as increased productivity with increased quality. Dental hygiene services are more focused on evidence based intervention, cultural diversity, medically compromised and ethics within a dental practice. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 119, DHY 129, and DHY 139 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: Successful completion of DHY 241, DHY 242, DHY 244, and DHY 248 are recommended.

DHY 251 Ethics, History, Jurisprudence
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The student learns the history of dental hygiene, the importance of ethical standards in the practice of dental hygiene, and the methods of analyzing the legal and political factors controlling dental hygiene practice. The student will acquire skills necessary for assuming professional leadership. Corequisite: DHY 256, DHY 258, DHY 259.

DHY 256 Pharmacology
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) The course is study of drugs with special emphasis given to those used in the dental office. The student learns the origin of these drugs, their basic physical and chemical properties, methods of administration, and effects upon the body systems. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 114, DHY 244, and DHY 249 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 251.

DHY 258 Community Dental Hygiene II
2-1-3 (Lecture/Open Lab) The dental hygiene student will provide dental hygiene care for the community by practicing oral disease control procedures at a variety of off-campus sites. Discussion sessions deal with solving community dental health needs, the use of biostatistics, and evaluation of health levels. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of ENG 112, ENG 160, DHY 121, and DHY 248 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 251, DHY 256, DHY 259.

DHY 259 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
5-1-12 (Lecture/Clinic) This seminar/clinical course is the opportunity for the student to demonstrate competency abilities necessary for entry level into the profession of dental hygiene. The student demonstrates mastery in providing total client care. Development in employment related issues and other current dental hygiene issues are the focus of the seminar portion of this course. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 119, DHY 129, DHY 131, and DHY 249 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: Successful completion of DHY 251, DHY 256, DHY 258 are recommended.

DHY 259 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
5-1-12 (Lecture/Clinic) This course requires the student to demonstrate exit-level mastery in the delivery of the dental hygiene care plan. The specific learning objectives of this course relate to expanding on care planning, case presentation skills, and advanced clinical procedures enabling the student to perform total client care. Prerequisite: DHY 249. Comment: Students will be assigned 12 hours of clinic per week.

DHY 264 Board Exam Preparation
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This is a review course which covers the important dental hygiene subject areas tested on the various dental hygiene board exams. The intent of this course is to help students complete their applications and prepare for their written and clinical professional examinations.

DHY 268 Perio Enrichment
1-0-0 (Self Instruction) This is an enrichment dental hygiene clinical course pertaining to the specialized field of Periodontics. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 215 and DHY 249 are REQUIRED.