DENTAL HYGIENE COURSES (DHYGN)

DHYGN 100 - INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE

This course is designed to introduce students to the dental hygiene profession and the role of the dental hygienist as a member of a team of health care providers who engage people in a compassionate manner to educate them on the value of obtaining and maintaining excellent dental hygiene practices. Basic responsibilities of the dental hygienist such as patient interaction and procedures, basic aseptic techniques, basic radiology procedures, and basic instrumentation skills will be demonstrated and practiced.

0.5 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0.5 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 110 - DENTAL HEAD, NECK, AND ORAL ANATOMY

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval. This course is a study of the anatomy of the head and neck with emphasis upon the maxilla and mandible. In addition, a study of the anatomy of the primary and permanent teeth and their supportive structure is undertaken.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 2

DHYGN 111 - DENTAL EMBRYOLOGY AND HISTOLOGY

Prerequisite: DHYGN 110 and BIOL 210 both with a grade of C or better, or department approval. This course is a basic introduction to embryology and histology followed by in-depth study of oral and facial development and dental histology.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 113 - INFECTION CONTROL FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval. This course presents the essential elements of infection control/exposure and the prevention of infection for dental hygienists within oral healthcare settings. Emphasis will be placed on aseptic technique, universal precautions, as well as recommendations and regulations in the provision of oral health care.

0.5 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0.5 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 115 - INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better or department approval. This course will familiarize the incoming student with the history and development of the dental hygiene profession. Students will also be acquainted with services available at ICC, procedures for obtaining a license in Illinois, self-awareness, and basic dental terminology.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 117 - DENTAL SPECIALTIES

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of "C" or better and departmental approval. This course is an overview of selected specialty areas in dentistry. Material relevant to informing patients of treatment options will be emphasized. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 131 - DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY FOR CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

Prerequisite: DHYGN 113, DHYGN 117, and DHYGN 132, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course will introduce students to the study of dental deposits and their etiology in dental diseases, personal control of dental disease, periodontal charting, and the discussion of ancillary procedures, such as power-driven scalers and polishers, generalized patient assessment, appointment sequencing, and post-operative instruction.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 132 - FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL HYGIENE

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of C or better, or department approval. This course is a continuation in the control and prevention of disease transmission in dentistry, dental equipment and maintenance, aseptic procedures, and an introduction to clinical dental hygiene necessary for oral prophylaxis. Student partners, manikin, and selected patients are used in the laboratory to demonstrate instrumentation techniques.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 3

DHYGN 133 - PRECLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE

Prerequisite: DHYGN 113 and 132 both with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a continuation of instrumentation skills necessary for oral prophylaxis, aseptic procedures, and dental equipment care and maintenance. Student partners, mannequins, and selected patients are used in the laboratory to demonstrate instrumentation techniques.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 6

DHYGN 135 - DENTAL RADIOLOGY

Prerequisite: DHYGN 113, DHYGN 117, and DHYGN 132, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a comprehensive study of dental radiation physics, radiation hygiene practices, factors affecting radiographic quality, theory and practice of intraoral and panoramic extraoral radiographic techniques, interpretation of normal landmarks, abnormal conditions, and patient education. This course will include laboratory practice on a teaching manikin followed by experience with placement of sensors on student partners.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 3

DHYGN 137 - MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 140 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of “C” or better., or department approval. This course is a study of recognition, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of medical emergency situations that may occur in dental office settings.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 139 - SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Prerequisite: Admission to ICC Dental Hygiene Program, BIOL 210 and CHEM 115, both with a grade of “C” or better. Discussion in this course will focus on the signs and symptoms, as well as in office and home care modifications that are associated with special needs patients, geriatric, and pediatric patients.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 210 - COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH

Prerequisite: DHYGN 222 and DHYGN 230 both with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a study of the dental hygienist's role in the promotion of oral health and prevention of oral disease in the community. The student will participate in community programs related to preventative dentistry.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 3 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 212 - DENTAL MATERIALS

Prerequisite: DHYGN 131 with a grade of "C" or better. This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of dental restorative materials and techniques. Students will develop knowledge and skill in fabricating whitening trays, creating alginate impressions, and pouring models. Manipulation of the various dental materials is done in the laboratory. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 2

DHYGN 220 - NITROUS OXIDE ANALGESIA

Prerequisite: DHYGN 110, 111, 131, 133, 135, 137, and 139, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is an introduction to anxiety and pain control using nitrous oxide/oxygen (N2O2) sedation in dental hygiene treatments. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

0.5 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0.5 Laboratory Hours: 0.5

DHYGN 222 - PREVENTIVE MODALITIES

Prerequisite: DHYGN 131, 133, and FCS 110, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills dental hygienists need to utilize selective preventive materials, and to understand and implement nutritional assessment as it relates to oral health. Student partners are used in the laboratory sessions.

3 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 2

DHYGN 226 - LOCAL ANESTHETICS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST

Prerequisite: DHYGN 222 and 230 both with a grade of "C" or better. This course is an introduction to anxiety and pain control measures used in dental hygiene treatments and administration techniques for topical and injected anesthetics. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 0.5

DHYGN 228 - NEW DIMENSIONS IN DENTAL HYGIENE

Prerequisite: DHYGN 222 and DHYGN 230 both with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a study of the emerging trends in dental hygiene. The students will acquire knowledge and perform skills associated with new technology in the field of dentistry and dental hygiene. The use of student partners will be utilized to demonstrate the usage of selected materials.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 2

DHYGN 230 - DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC I

Prerequisite: DHYGN 131, DHYGN 133, and DHYGN 135 all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a continued study of clinical dental hygiene, including: scaling, polishing, radiographic surveys, desensitization, oral inspection, charting, health histories, health education, and appointment planning. Planned and supervised clinical experiences are arranged in the dental hygiene clinic.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 6

DHYGN 231 - DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC II

Prerequisite: DHYGN 212, 222, and 230, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a continuation of DHYGN 230 with emphasis on root planning, topical medical application, preparation of study casts, periodontal charting and the use of ultrasonic scalers. Planned and supervised clinical experiences are arranged in the dental hygiene clinic and outside agencies.

4 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 12

DHYGN 232 - DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC III

Prerequisite: DHYGN 226, DHYGN 228, DHYGN 231 and DHYGN 244, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a continuation of DHYGN 231 with emphasis on increasing clinical competency and efficiency in those procedures the dental hygienist routinely performs in clinical practice. Students complete a case patient presentation which incorporates treatment planning, dietary analysis, counseling, caries susceptibility testing, and oral hygiene indices in addition to the oral prophylaxis. Planned and supervised clinical experiences are arranged in the dental hygiene clinic and outside agencies.

5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 15

DHYGN 243 - GENERAL AND ORAL PATHOLOGY

Prerequisite: DHYGN 110 with a grade of C or better. This course covers the clinical and microscopic features of numerous types of oral diseases as well as their diagnosis and treatment.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 244 - PERIODONTOLOGY

Prerequisite: DHYGN 222 and DHYGN 230 both with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a study of the disease processes affecting the supporting structures of the teeth. Emphasis is placed on the classification and etiology of periodontal disease. Discussions, correlated to clinical aspects of dental hygiene, stressing preventive periodontics, are held.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 245 - ORAL PATHOLOGY II

Prerequisite: DHYGN 212, 220, 222, 230, and 243, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a continuation of Oral Pathology I, covering additional categories of diseases affecting the oral cavity, including their diagnosis and treatment.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 246 - TRANSITIONS FOR THE DENTAL HYGIENIST

Prerequisite: DHYGN 210 and 231, both with a grade of "C" or better. This course examines the various issues that are faced by dental hygienists when making the transition from school to the workplace. This course will prepare the student by examining the legal and ethical issues facing dental professionals today. This course will focus on the various aspects of obtaining a license and seeking employment.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 247 - OFFICE PRACTICES IN DENTISTRY

Prerequisite: DHYGN 210, 226, 228, 231, 244, and 245, all with a grade of "C" or better. This course is a study of the current office practices utilized in dentistry. The student will learn and apply a basic knowledge of office practices to aid in making the student more productive and employable.

1.5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 1

DHYGN 248 - PHARMACOLOGY FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Prerequisite: DHYGN 222 and DHYGN 230 all with a grade of "C" or better. This is a course of study of the pharmaceutical agents commonly used by patients whose systemic or oral conditions require special procedures in the dental office. Content includes pharmaceutical and therapeutic agents used as adjuncts in dental or dental hygiene procedures. Drug interactions and risk factors are discussed. Pharmacology will concentrate on general principles of pharmacology and drugs used in the provision of oral health care, drugs used to control systemic disorders, and drugs used by special populations.

2 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 2 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 249 - PHARMACOLOGY II FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Prerequisite: DHYGN 210, DHYGN 226, DHYGN 228, DHYGN 231, DHYGN 244, DHYGN 245, and DHYGN 248 all with a grade of "C" or better. This is a course of study of the pharmaceutical agents commonly used by patients whose systemic or oral conditions require special procedures in the dental office. Content includes pharmaceutical and therapeutic agents used as adjuncts in dental or dental hygiene procedures. Pharmacology II for Dental Hygienists will concentrate on drugs used in the provision of oral health care, drugs used to control systemic disorders, and drugs used by special populations.

1 Credit Hour (OC) - Lecture Hours: 1 Laboratory Hours: 0

DHYGN 255 - INDEPENDENT STUDY.

Prerequisite: Department approval. This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

1 to 5 Credit Hours (OC) - Lecture Hours: 0 Laboratory Hours: 3 to 15