Academics

    DHG

    DHG 115  Medical & Dental Emergencies  (2-0-2)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  Completion of Phase I courses and admittance to Dental Hygiene Phase II.
    This course provides a study of the various medical/dental emergencies and appropriate treatment measures.  Additionally, it includes managing medically compromised dental patients and provides for CPR certification.

    DHG 121  Dental Radiography  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisites:  Acceptance to Dental Hygiene, or BIO 112,  DAT 115, DAT 116, DAT 125, DAT 154, and DHG 244 for Dental Assisting
    Co-requisite:  DHG 125 (required) (Dental Hygiene only)
    This course provides the application of the principles of radiology with emphasis on exposing, processing, mounting, evaluating and interpreting dental radiographs.  Radiation safety is stressed.

    DHG 125  Tooth Morphology & Histology  (2-0-2)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  Completion of Phase I courses and admittance to Expanded Duty Dental Assistant program or Phase II of Dental Hygiene program
    This course covers the embryogenesis and histology of the head and neck structures with primary emphasis on the oral cavity.  The formation, eruption patterns and morphology of primary and permanent dentitions are studied.

    DHG 140  General & Oral Pathology  (2-0-2)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisites:  AHS 113, DHG 121, DHG 125, DHG 161
    This course provides a correlation of basic pathologic principles to disease processes in the oral cavity.  The role of the dental hygienist in early disease detection is emphasized.  Diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of diseases affecting the head and neck are discussed.

    DHG 141  Periodontology  (2-0-2)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisites:  DHG 140, DHG 143, DHG 165, DHG 239, DHG 244
    Co-requisite:  DHG 175 (required)
    This course presents a study of the principles, etiologies, classifications and treatments of periodontal disease with emphasis on the role of the dental hygienist.

    DHG 143  Dental Pharmacology  (2-0-2)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisites:  AHS 113, DHG 115, DHG 121, DHG 125, DHG 161
    Co-requisites:  DHG 140, DHG 165, DHG 239, DHG 244 (required)
    This course provides a study of drugs used in dentistry.  Emphasis is placed on the physical and chemical properties of the drugs, dosages and therapeutic effects, methods of administration and indications/contraindications for the use of the drug.  A study of dental anesthetics is included.

    DHG 161 Clinical DHG I Foundations  (2-6-4)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisites:  BIO 211, BIO 225, CHM 105 and acceptance to Phase II based on weighted admissions criteria
    Co-requisites:  AHS 113, DHG 115 (required), DHG 121, DHG 125 (recommended)
    This course completes the basic instrumentation instruction; introduces polishing and anticaries therapies; presents periodontal health assessment and introduces the clinical setting for application of dental hygiene skills for patient care.

    DHG 165  Clinical Dental Hygiene I  (2-9-5)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisites:  AHS 113, DHG 115, DHG 121, DHG 125, DHG 161
    Co-requisites:  DHG 239, DHG 244 (required)
    This is an introduction course to the clinical setting for application of dental hygiene skills for patient care.

    DHG 175  Clinical Dental Hygiene II  (2-9-5)
    Offered Summer Semester
    Prerequisite:  DHG 165
    This course provides for the continued development of the skills necessary to perform dental hygiene care.  Emphasis is placed on total patient care and treatment planning.

    DHG 232  Community Oral Health Outreach  (1-3-2)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisites:  DHG 161, DHG 165
    Pre- or co-requisite:  DHG 175 or DHG 255 (required)
    This course provides a study of literature reviews, analysis of oral health needs, epidemiology, and prevention of oral diseases including assessment of community needs, project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on setting-up on-going community based projects/programs to facilitate a "serving to learn" philosophy and enhancing access to oral health care for diverse populations.

    DHG 239  Dental Assisting for DHGs  (1-3-2)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Co-requisite:  DHG 244 (required)
    This course introduces the dental assisting role and responsibilities.  Emphasis is on four-handed dentistry, the use and manipulations of dental materials, and office management.

    DHG 241  Integrated Dental Hygiene I  (0-3-1)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisites: Completion of Phase I courses and admittance to Dental Hygiene Phase II; and AHS 113, DHG 115
    Pre- or Co-requisite:  DHG 143
    This course provides for the integration of the basic and dental hygiene sciences with current concepts of clinical dental hygiene practice.

    DHG 242  Integrated Dental Hygiene II  (0-3-1)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisite:  DHG 255
    Co-requisite:  DHG 265 (required)
    This course provides for the integration of the basic and dental sciences with current dental hygiene concepts.  Emphasis is placed on ethical/legal aspects of dental hygiene practice and practice management techniques.

    DHG 244  Dental Materials  (2-3-3)
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
    Prerequisite:  Acceptance into Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene program
    Co-requisites:  For Dental Assisting:  DHG 125, DAT 154; for Dental Hygiene:  DHG 165, DHG 239
    This course is a study of the physical and chemical properties, identification, characteristics and manipulation of dental materials.

    DHG 255  Clinical Dental Hygiene III  (1-12-5)
    Offered Fall Semester
    Prerequisite:  DHG 175
    This course provides for the development of proficiency in the clinical dental hygiene setting with emphasis on the implementation of treatment plans to meet the individual patient's oral health needs.

    DHG 265  Clinical Dental Hygiene IV  (1-12-5)
    Offered Spring Semester
    Prerequisite:  DHG 255
    Co-requisite:  DHG 242
    This course permits refinement of clinical techniques and skills, technology and current procedural practices of the dental hygienist with emphasis on self-evaluation and quality assurance.