2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 321 Fundamentals of Dental Hygiene Practice III (6 credits)

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

Course Description
The third in a series of seven linked courses to continue development of introductory dental hygiene clinical skills required for the safe and effective practice of dental hygiene. This course applies knowledge in dental hygiene theory and science from DHYG 310. Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data using American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

Student Outcomes
1. Using current evidence-based science in a clinic setting on patients with oral health dental hygiene therapy(ies) needs, accurately and consistently:
a. record and organize steps for development of a dental hygiene diagnosis resulting in a patient care plan for dental hygiene therapy(ies).
b. apply dental hygiene theory and techniques in patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning, radiology, treatment documentation and dental hygiene therapy(ies).
c. interpret patient interview and clinical assessment data, applying principles of cariology to identify caries risk for individual patients in order to develop of a dental hygiene treatment plan.
d. apply treatment planning models to develop and implement appropriate patient education and treatment based on individual patient caries risk assessment.
e. determine the appropriate procedures for dental hygiene therapy on adult and pedodontic patients for maintenance of oral health or treatment of oral disease classified by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) as gingivitis.
f. determine appropriate referral needs for any given patient or case presentation.
g. describe and demonstrate the basic principles of instrumentation of the Nabor’s probe and area specific curets for the purpose of scaling and root planning.
h. demonstrate accurate techniques of instrument sharpening and maintenance for files and other area-specific dental instruments.
i. demonstrate case documentation and presentation using PowerPoint software, including integration of digital images. demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors consistent with a dental hygiene professional, and in compliance with the policies and procedures detailed in the Pierce College Student Handbook, the Pierce College Dental Hygiene Student Handbook and accompanying Clinic Policies, and the American Dental Hygiene Associations’ Code of Ethics.
j. demonstrate thorough and legal chart entries for clinical practice using accurate format, sequence, order, terminology, spelling and findings.

2. In all settings, demonstrate professionalism and communication skills using correct terminology and vocabulary necessary to discuss the oral health treatment plan and procedures with patients, peers, and other health care professionals and health care teams to foster wellness and healthy behaviors.

3. In all settings, consistently and accurately self-assess your application of dental hygiene theory and techniques in patient assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment planning, radiology, treatment documentation and dental hygiene skills to develop the ability to assess yourself, and if applicable, your healthcare team to confirm and verify quality patient care. (Quality patient care parameters will vary from patient to patient.)

4.In a clinic setting with progressively more complex patient oral health dental hygiene therapy(ies) needs, continue to accurately and consistently develop skills in all Student Outcomes from DHYG 301 and 311.

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