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2015-2016 Official General Catalog 
2015-2016 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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DEN 214 - Current Topics in Dental Hygiene

Review of current topics relevant to the contemporary practice of dental hygiene, including dental specialties, risk management and the hygienist's role in the care of special patients.  Emphasis is on case-based learning and patient case presentation derived from the student's clinical experience.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prior or Concurrent:  DEN 202 Dental Hygiene IV, DEN 213W Community Dental Health

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Describe the role of the dental hygienist as a caregiver for patients with special needs.
2.  Describe those physical conditions that may necessitate treatment alterations and understand the evidence-based rational for those treatment modalities.
3.  Describe the Americans With Disabilities Act and the role it plays in advocating accessibility for patients with special needs.
4.  Apply the concepts of evidence-based care to patient assessment, treatment planning, implementation, and evaluation of all patients.
5.  Apply these concepts of evidence-based care to the investigation and evaluation of case studies in preparation for the National Board Examination as well as the student's individual Case-Based Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy Project.
6.  Describe and apply the concepts of risk management as it relates to the practice of dental hygiene.
7.  Describe the various types of oral piercings and explain the risks associated with each type of piercing procedure.
8.  Enrichment of Cultural Diversity through interaction with the BCC International Student Organization.
9.  Share clinical patient experiences through classroom discussion by investigating numerous case studies in dental hygiene.

Intended Learning Outcome:

This capstone course covers a variety of current issues relating to dental hygiene practice.  The course encompasses dental hygiene care for patients with special needs; case-based presentations utilizing computerized dental technology as well as additional topics relating to the practice of dental hygiene.  The patients with special needs topics include areas not covered thus far in the curriculum.  This course has been designed to provide the student with the additional knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to their diverse pool of patients.

In addition, the case-based learning component continues to prepare the student for evidence-based contemporary dental hygiene practice.  Participation in a mock-board simulation is also included.

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