Dental Hygiene Functional Abilities
Requirements for Goodwin's Dental Hygiene Degree
The Goodwin College Dental Hygiene Program is a rigorous and intensive program that is both physically and mentally demanding. Students must be able to perform all functions and tasks required of a dental hygienist. As part of the curriculum, the student would be asked to fully participate in all clinic/rotation/community enrichment activities. These activities require the student to be prepared physically and mentally to avoid risks to the safety of a patient or the student. Successful completion of the Dental Hygiene Program will depend upon the ability to meet the following technical standards:
- MOTOR FUNCTION - student should be able to:
- Manipulate dental equipment and instruments with both hands.
- Assist patients, classmates, and faculty in medical emergencies.
- Demonstrate adequate motor skills to accomplish effective instrumentation.
- VISUAL OBSERVATION - student should be able to:
- Determine anatomy and pathology, through dental radiographic (x-ray) images characteristics.
- Read material pertinent to the care and safety of the patient, classmates and faculty.
- Demonstrate adequate depth perception to accomplish effective instrumentation.
- AUDITORY (HEARING) OBSERVATION - student should be able to:
- Hear alarms, telephones, as well as, patient, classmates, and faculty voice ranges.
- Hear stethoscope sounds when performing blood pressure examination and sounds from dental equipment.
- COMMUNICATION SKILLS - student should be able to:
- Have sufficient command of the English language to ensure proper verbal and written communication with patients, classmates, and faculty.
- CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS - student should be able to:
- Comprehend and assimilate the knowledge acquired from didactic courses into the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene treatment to patients.