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DHY 111 Anatomy, Embryology, Histology
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 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 is REQUIRED. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced. Corequisite: DHY 113, DHY 114, DHY 119.

DHY 113 Dental Imaging Techniques
1-0-3 (Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 3 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 is REQUIRED. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced. Corequisite: DHY 111, DHY 114, DHY 119.

DHY 114 Oral Pathology
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 The student learns the identification, classification, etiology, treatment, and consequences of abnormal conditions of the oral cavity and supporting structures. PREREQUISITE: Admission to the program is REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 111, 113, and 119 are recommended.

DHY 119 Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic
5-2-9 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 11 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. Minimum benchmarks will be enforced. Corequisite: DHY 111, DHY 113, DHY 114.

DHY 120 Oral Health Care
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 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 DHY 111, 113, 114, and 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 123, 124, and 129 are recommended.

DHY 123 Dental Imaging Interpretation
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 1 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, 113, 114, and 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 120, 124, and 129 are recommended.

DHY 124 Periodontology
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 3 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 111, 113, 114, and 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 120, 123, and 129 are recommended.

DHY 129 Clinical Dental Hygiene I
4-1-9 (Lecture/Clinic) Contact Hours: 10 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, 113, 114, and 119 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 120, 123, and 124 are recommended.

DHY 131 Anatomy of the Head and Neck
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 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 DHY 120, 123, 124, and 129 or permission of the instructor is REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 139 is recommended.

DHY 139 Clinical Dental Hygiene II
3-1-6 (Lecture/Clinic) Contact Hours: 7 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 120, 123, 124, and 129 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 131 is recommended.

DHY 241 Dental Materials
2-1-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Contact Hours: 4 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 113 is REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 242, 244, 248, and 249 are recommended.

DHY 242 Orofacial Myology
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 1 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 131 and DHY 139 or permission of the instructor is REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 241, 244, 248, and 249 are recommended.

DHY 244 Pain Management
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 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 DHY 131 and DHY 139 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 241, 242, 248, and 249 are recommended.

DHY 248 Community Dental Hygiene I
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 1 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 DHY 131 and DHY 139 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 241, 242, 244, and 249 are recommended.

DHY 249 Clinical Dental Hygiene III
5-1-12 (Lecture/Clinic) Contact Hours: 13 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 131 and DHY 139 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 241, 242, 244, and 248 are recommended.

DHY 251 Ethics, History, Jurisprudence
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 1 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. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 241, 242, 244, 248, and 249 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 256, 258, and 259 are recommended.

DHY 256 Pharmacology
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 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 241, 242, 244, 248, and 249 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 251, 258, and 259 are recommended.

DHY 258 Community Dental Hygiene II
2-1-3 (Lecture/Open Lab) Contact Hours: 4 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 DHY 241, 242, 244, 248, and 249 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 251, 256, and 259 are recommended.

DHY 259 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV
5-1-12 (Lecture/Clinic) Contact Hours: 13 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 241, 242, 248, and 249 are REQUIRED. Corequisite: DHY 251, 256, and 258 are recommended.

DHY 264 Board Exam Preparation
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) Contact Hours: 2 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) Contact Hours: 1 This is an enrichment dental hygiene clinical course pertaining to the specialized field of Periodontics. PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of DHY 124 and DHY 349 are REQUIRED.