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

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DHYG 418 Service Learning & Special Populations (2 credits)

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

Course Description
Acquaints the student with the psychosocial and physical changes in the aging process and of special needs patients. Explores how these changes relate to oral health services in institutional, assisted-living, and family-centered settings. Further develops the dental hygienist as an integral member of the global healthcare team through participation in service learning experiences for special needs population cohorts.

Student Outcomes
1. Evaluate regional, state, and national laws and policies for potential impact on the provision of oral health care for geriatric and disabled individuals.
2. Recognize physical, mental, medical, social, and special oral health needs of population cohorts.
3. Describe characteristics of specific disabling conditions to include: etiology incidence and prevalence, medical and dental treatment guidelines, and communication protocols.
4. Identify and compare community agencies, health networks, and healthcare professionals involved in the provision of oral health services for geriatric and special needs population cohorts.
5. Identify and analyze potential barriers for geriatric and persons with disabilities and possible solutions.
6. Identify wheelchair transfer techniques and utilize them appropriately in both clinical and community settings.
7. Design and/or modify oral self-care practices for specific populations in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to best serve community needs.
8. Identify and expound on 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.
9. Participate in service learning projects targeted towards special needs population cohorts.
10. Compare and contrast the differences between clinical or practical instruction versus didactic or knowledge acquisition instruction.

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