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Course : Dental Hygiene I Clinical Practice 2023

Course Number
DNHY 3114
Section Number
Fall 2023
Centennial Hall, 103 and Gaines Clinic
Debra Kelley
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 11, 2023 8:00 am - 11:00 am



Through reading assignments, lectures, individual/group discussion, and lab/clinical practice, the students will develop the knowledge and skills required to perform procedures related to the dental hygiene profession.  Upon completion of this course (as integrated with Clinical Practice I) the students should be able to:


1.     Demonstrate proper infection control protocol during patient care set-up and break-down of clinic operations and instrument preparation for sterilization.


2.     Demonstrate and consistently utilize correct positioning while working on selected patients in the clinical setting.


3.     Demonstrate correct instrumentation technique when using the dental mirror, explorer and periodontal probe as well as sickles, universal and Gracey currettes.


4.     Identify possible contraindications to dental/dental hygiene treatment based on patients’ medical histories.


5.     Review medical histories identifying areas requiring further information from the patient and then questioning and documenting additional information.


6.     Correctly take and record vital signs: blood pressure and pulse.


7.     Complete dental charting and periodontal assessment with adequate documentation for this level of their education.


8.     Identify and correctly sharpen dull dental hygiene instruments.


9.     Perform extra andintraoral examinations correctly documenting finding for this level of their education.


10.    Explain the rationale for antibiotic premedication and/or consultation with a patient’s physician prior to tissue manipulation.




    Evaluation # 1       20%

    Evaluation # 2       20%

    Evaluation # 3       20%

    Evaluation # 4      20%

   Final Exam        20%



Dental Hygiene Department Grading Scale

         A = 92 to 100

         B = 83 to 91

         C = 75 to 82

         D = 65 to 74




Course Examinations (25% each)


Scheduled examinations will be comprehensive in nature, but will focus on material presented since the previous examination. Students missing an exam due to illness will be allowed to make up the exam on the day of their return to school. No grade higher than a 90 will be given for make-up examinations. Students will be allowed to make up only one (1) exam per semester.



More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from final course grade for EACH absence over the allowed 2. In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made. Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of one (1) absence. Students must be present for the entire class period to get credit for a class session. Students leaving class early will be counted as absent.  The student is held

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