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DEN 109 - Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence

This is an Internet course section and requires one or more proctored exams and projects submitted on campus.

Ethics and ethical issues; jurisprudence and legal considerations in dentistry and dental hygiene.  This course includes the study of vocabulary and theoretical models important in determining ethical behavior and identifying legal concepts in dentistry and dental hygiene today.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Coerequisites:  Prior or Concurrent:  DEN 101 Dental Hygiene I, DEN 103 Oral Anatomy & Physiology, DEN 108 Infection Control in Dentistry, BIO 131 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENG 110 College Writing I


Credits: 1
1 Class Hour
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

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

  1. Review and apply basic concepts pertaining to ethics and professionalism in the dental practice.
  2. Comprehend key ethical theories and principles.
  3. Emphasize the importance of portraying a professional code of conduct on and off the job.
  4. Promote an awareness of ethical issues in dentistry and dental hygiene.
  5. Discuss and differentiate between constitutional law and dental law.
  6. Critically analyze the legal system as it relates to the dental profession.
  7. Interpret the legal parameters found in the New York State dental profession.
  8. Promote group discussions regarding legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

The course provides necessary background information essential for the entering dental hygiene student to understand how the career of dental hygiene is bound by legal issues and intertwined with expected ethical behaviors.  Each student will gain this understanding of the dental hygiene career and its legal parameters through the study of its basic ethical and professional concepts along with the NYS Dental Hygiene Practice Act.