2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DHYG 409 Ethics & Critical Reasoning (2 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.

Course Description
An integrative, critical reasoning and self-reflective course which focuses on the ethical and legal issues facing the dental hygienist of today and in the future.

Student Outcomes
1. Define ethical terminology and evaluate the ethical principles in the decision-making process of the dental hygienist.
2. Describe and apply the values, ethical concepts, and the American Dental Hygienists’ Code of Ethics that support the principles of dental/dental hygiene ethics.
3. Review and discuss the structure, purpose and importance of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association to the profession of dental hygiene.
4. Explore, analyze and apply models for ethical reasoning and critical thinking to the six professional roles of the dental hygienist using case-based scenarios.
5. Begin development of your Professional Development Plan (PDP) using critical thinking and ethical considerations while incorporating the six roles of a dental hygienist.
6. Review and analyze current legislature, at the state level, nationally and globally, as it relates to the current practice of and future of the dental hygienist.
7. Identify the six roles of the dental hygienist as a member of the healthcare team: educator, researcher, consumer advocate, change agent, administrator and clinician as part of your ePortfolio development.

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