Essential Program Requirements
The following examples are types of activities which a student in the Dental Hygiene program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program.
|Occupational Exposure||The Dental hygiene student may be exposed to communicable diseases, body fluids, toxic substances, latex, and medicinal preparations. Students shall use appropriate precautions at all times.||Provide care, using standard precautions, for a client/patient with a communicable disease.|
|Communication||Written, verbal, & auditory communication skills to permit effective interaction with others.||Communicate with staff members, patients, and other students while wearing high filtration face masks. Ascertain medical/dental history information. Monitor patient needs during treatment. Provide individualized home care instructions.|
|Visual||Visual acuity sufficient to read medical information and assess dental conditions and treatment.||Annotate chart entries on paper and/or computerized dental records. Assess intra oral conditions. Interpret dental radiographs.|
|Mobility||Sufficient mobility to maneuver in small areas.||Access patient within confines of dental operatory and radiographic room, which involves a variety of sitting & standing positions, including bending, twisting, and reaching. Access darkroom for development of radiographs.|
|Motor Skills||Fine and gross motor skills sufficient to perform complex psychomotor tasks.||Explore and scale teeth with small diameter instruments. Manipulate power-driven instruments. Place intra oral dental radiographs.|
|Cognitive/Critical Thinking||Cognitive ability sufficient to recognize deviations from normal, co-diagnose, and plan treatment.||Respond quickly & appropriately to medical emergencies. Utilize assessment information to identify pathology, individualize treatment, and suggest referral when necessary.|