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Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program

Dental Hygiene Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Dental Hygiene program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Collect data, record and assess a comprehensive health history.
  2. Recognize conditions that necessitate special consideration prior to or during treatment.
  3. Assess the need for, expose, develop, evaluate and interpret dental radiographs to support the clinical examination.
  4. Employ radiation safety principles and procedures requiring exposure to ionizing radiation.
  5. Value the importance of patient - centered care and concepts of health promotion.
  6. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a dental hygiene treatment plan for the prevention and/or treatment of oral diseases.
  7. Assess the need for and plan professional topical fluoride and/or self-applied fluoride; apply professional topical fluoride.
  8. Assess the need for and plan professional topical fluoride and/or self-applied fluoride; apply professional topical fluoride.
  9. Apply principles of nutritional and/or tobacco cessation counseling to the management of oral health.
  10. Assess, plan and perform patient oral self-care education.
  11. Apply standard precautions for the prevention of disease transmission.
  12. Follow all state and federal regulatory requirements when rendering patient care.
  13. Apply principles of comprehensive record keeping.
  14. Apply principles of professional and ethical behavior when providing patient care.
  15. Apply principles of evidence-based decision making.
  16. Demonstrate professional communication skills in all aspects of patient care.
  17. Demonstrate concern and understanding of a variety of patient needs based on overall health, oral health, cultural, social and economic circumstances.
  18. Recommend referral for additional assessment and/or treatment.
  19. Self-assess ability to perform dental hygiene services at a high standard of care; and
  20. Value patient confidentiality and patient rights according to HIPAA guidelines.