Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty
Dental Hygiene Courses

DHY 8010 Dental Hygiene Success SeminarCredit Hours: 0

The purpose of this course is to assist beginning dental hygiene students in successfully transitioning from a traditional college setting to higher education in a professional dental school setting with the focus on developing strong study, organizational, critical thinking and coping skills, as well as familiarizing the student with university and department resources to aid in their success.
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DHY 8080 Oral Health AssessmentCredit Hours: 0 OR 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce patient assessment skills utilized in the Dental Hygiene Process of Care. Concepts and techniques of assessment will be introduced and practiced in the classroom and/or clinical setting with fellow students as patients. Assessment skills introduced include the following: Medicolegal Documentation, Medical/Dental History, Common Medical Conditions and Medications, Accessing and Documenting Drug Information, Vital Signs, Communication for assessment, interprofessional and cultural interactions, Head and Neck Examination and Lesion Description, Dental and Periodontal Assessment. This course will prepare the student for the assessment portion of patient care in the clinical courses.
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DHY 8090 Biologic Basis to Soft Tissue DiseaseCredit Hours: 1

An overview of the history and prevalence of periodontal disease. Epidemiology of periodontal disease will be used to understand the risk factors for disease progression and the relationship of periodontal disease to systemic disease. Basic microbiology, normal flora, basic immunology and host parasitic interactions will be presented.
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DHY 8100 Dental Hygiene Care ICredit Hours: 0 OR 5

The purpose of the course is to introduce the dental hygiene process of care with a focus on periodontal instrumentation. Concepts and techniques of instrumentation are practiced in both the simulation laboratory with simulators and in the clinical setting with fellow students as patients. Periodontal instruments, ultrasonic/sonic instrumentation and assessment instruments will be introduced. Additional skills introduced include: infection control, body mechanics, oral hygiene instruction, professional fluoride application, removal of extrinsic stain (polishing/air polishing), and instrument sharpening.
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DHY 8130 RadiologyCredit Hours: 0 OR 3

This course prepares the dental hygiene student to practice the science of oral and maxillofacial radiology. Topics include radiation physics, the mechanisms of x-ray generation, the effects of exposure factors on the x-ray beam, and the interactions of x-radiation and matter. Other topics covered include image production and intraoral image receptors (digital and film). Emphasis is placed on identifying and correcting errors resulting from improper exposure and processing. Techniques of intraoral radiography and identification and correction of errors in technique are strongly emphasized and presented both in class and in the pre-clinical part of the course. Radiation biology and protective measures are presented, with quality assurance protocols discussed in the context of radiation dose reduction. The course concludes with identification of normal radiographic landmarks, the principles of radiographic interpretation, detection of dental caries, recognition of periapical diseases and common bony lesions, and infection control procedures. This course will prepare and develop the student's ability to think conceptually and to use problem-solving skills.
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DHY 8140 Strategies for Prevention of Oral DiseasesCredit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce concepts and strategies utilized in the promotion of oral health and prevention of oral diseases for the individual patient. It is comprised of three modules: the prevention of Hard Tissue Diseases, the prevention of Soft Tissue Diseases, and Behavioral Interventions. Strategies for the prevention of periodontal diseases as well as strategies for the prevention of dental caries will build upon information previously learned in other courses and the culmination of the course will be the development of an individualized, comprehensive, dental hygiene care plan involving these strategies to meet the individualized needs of an identified patient.
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DHY 8150 Dental MaterialsCredit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a background in the science dealing with the properties, manipulation and care of materials used in the prevention and treatment of oral disease. This study will include the physical, mechanical, chemical, biological characters and biocompatibility issues of these materials. In addition, this course will study the clinical application of these dental materials and their relationship to the oral environment.
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DHY 8170 Dental AnatomyCredit Hours: 0 OR 2

This course is designed to introduce the dental hygiene student to the oral cavity and its adjoining structures, including the function, structure, morphology, and nomenclature of the human dentition.
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DHY 8180 The Child and Adolescent PatientCredit Hours: 1

The purpose of the course is to introduce the dental hygiene students to the concepts of definitions, oral health policies, clinical guidelines, and treatment planning in pediatric dentistry.
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DHY 8190 OrthodonticsCredit Hours: 0

This course will introduce the student to basic orthodontic concepts, dental malocclusions according to the Angle classification and major skeletal malocclusions. The student will be introduced to clinical and radiographic interpretation of common pathologies often noted in the orthodontic patient as well as fixed and removable orthodontic appliances. Proficiency in accurate charting the mixed dentition patient is a major focus of the course.
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DHY 8200 Concepts in ProfessionalismCredit Hours: 3

This course is the culmination of professionalism concepts that have been presented throughout the entire dental hygiene curriculum. Political, social, environmental and professional issues that impact the current practice of dental hygiene will be explored.
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DHY 8210 Special Patient CareCredit Hours: 2

The 1st portion of this course is designed to introduce students to issues relating to Geriatric dental care, Special Patient dental care and treatment considerations. Topics include health and wellness, issues in geriatric dentistry, oral changes in the older adult, physical assessment and pharmacological factors, oral health promotion for the older adult, mental diseases in the older adult, elder abuse and hospice care. The 2nd portion is designed prepare the students for management of patients with systemic/medical conditions that may have delivery of dental services implications. Topics include descriptions of diseases or conditions, incidence, prevalence, etiology, clinical manifestations, medical treatment, oral manifestations and dental management considerations.
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DHY 8220 National Board ReviewCredit Hours: 0

The purpose of the course is to assist the dental hygiene student in preparation for the national, regional and state licensing board examinations.
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DHY 8230 Periodontal Therapy ICredit Hours: 1

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease. The student will be able to apply information collected clinically and radiographically to assign a proper periodontal diagnosis and a periodontal treatment plan.
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DHY 8240 Ethical & Legal Issues IICredit Hours: 2

The purpose of this course is to continue the student's exposure to the ethical and legal principles guiding the decision making and the practice of dental hygiene. Mechanism to assess personal and professional self assessment will be utilized along with discussion of suggested measures and/or support systems to improve recognized deficiencies. Students will prepare and present analyses of an ethical dilemma they have personally observed in their clinical experience.
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DHY 8250 Radiographic InterpretationCredit Hours: 1

This course prepares the dental hygiene student to interpret dental radiographic images to correctly identify normal radiographic landmarks on intra-oral and panoramic radiographs, developmental anomalies of the teeth, and common bony lesions. The student will also be prepared for the detection and radiographic classification of dental caries, recognition of periapical and periodontal diseases, and identification of dental restorative materials. Film processing errors and trouble-shooting, along with error identification in radiographic technique and correction will also be revisited in order to prepare the dental hygiene student. It is the purpose of this course to develop the student's ability to think conceptually and to use problem-solving skills.
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DHY 8280 Scientific LiteratureCredit Hours: 2

This course will prepare the dental hygiene student to critically read and assess scientific literature. Foundation knowledge in the Scientific Method and in Evidence Based Decision Making will be presented. Topics include: (a) components of professional articles and publications, (b) research methods, and (c) basic statistical concepts.
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DHY 8300 Periodontal Therapy IICredit Hours: 1

This course is designed to provide the learner with information regarding the surgical aspects of the treatment of periodontal disease, as well as the consideration of pertinent systemic conditions, which may affect periodontal surgery. Topics covered in this course will include the rationale, indications and contraindications for various periodontal surgical procedures, treatment modalities including mucogingival surgery, treatment of bony defects, osseous grafting and periodontal tissue regeneration. The mechanisms and timing of healing of surgical sites, as well as post-surgical treatment will be presented. Current trends in periodontics will be emphasized, and the student will be helped to understand the relationships between the dental hygienist, general practitioner and the periodontal specialist. The student will understand the role of all health care providers in the management of periodontal disease.
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DHY 8310 Dental Hygiene Research MethodsCredit Hours: 3

THIS COURSE IS ONLY OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM. It is an online course and is the first course in the 2 course Dental Hygiene Core Requirement. This course will give a basic overview of the Research Process. Topics will include: the scientific method, basic research methods, research proposals, and IRB approval.
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DHY 8312 Dental Hygiene CapstoneCredit Hours: 3

THIS COURSE IS ONLY OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN THE DENTAL HYGIENE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM. This course is only offered to students in the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program. Students will conduct a field experience based on the research proposal developed in DH Research Methods. A scholarly activity (scientific poster presentation or a scholarly article) based on the field experienced will also be completed.
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DHY 8320 Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues ICredit Hours: 1

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the ethical and legal principles guiding the decision making and practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and dental assisting. An introductory examination of ethical theories, moral principles and the development of critical thinking skills will be presented. The scope of practice and licensure requirements of the dental hygienist and dental assistant will be analyzed. Students will be required to develop a class code of ethics, and address hypothetical dilemmas utilizing an ethical decision making model.
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DHY 8330 Management of Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene CareCredit Hours: 1

This course will focus on the development of evidence-based decision making skills that are necessary to analyze, apply evidence, and provide a decision to a clinically-based question that is related to the management of dental hygiene care. Using the formalized EBDM process, students will increase their skills and build on the foundation knowledge of Prevention, Scientific Literature, and Scientific Presentation courses in the identification of a patient question, and in searching for and interpreting clinical and scientific evidence so that the clinical question can be answered with confidence. Students will each present a clinical case study on an actual patient that has been treated or is currently being treated in the Dental Hygiene Program using evidence-based references and resources to provide best interventions within the scope of dental hygiene practice.
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DHY 8350 Scientific PresentationCredit Hours: 0 OR 1

This course will emphasize the importance of baccalaureate educated dental hygienists being able to read, critique, and synthesize scientific literature in order to conduct and present research findings contributing to increased knowledge of fellow dental professionals in order to enhance dental and dental hygiene practice or dental education. The course will provide an opportunity to apply principles of the scientific method as presented earlier in the curriculum.
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DHY 8470 Directed StudyCredit Hours: 0

This course is offered only to dental hygiene degree completion students. Individually developed courses are offered in the student's area of interest.
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DHY 8471 Directed StudyCredit Hours: 1

This course is offered only to dental hygiene degree completion students. Individually developed courses are offered in the student's area of interest.
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DHY 8472 Directed StudyCredit Hours: 1

This course is offered only to dental hygiene degree completion students. Individually developed courses are offered in the student's area of interest.
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DHY 8473 Directed StudyCredit Hours: 2

This course is offered only to dental hygiene degree completion students. Individually developed courses are offered in the student's area of interest.
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DHY 8474 Directed StudyCredit Hours: 3

This course is offered only to dental hygiene degree completion students. Individually developed courses are offered in the student's area of interest.
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DHY 8990 Special ClinicCredit Hours: 0

Students achieving clinical competence early, design and participate in clinical tracks individualized for their own professional goals.
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