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Course : Clinical Practice 3

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Fall 2021
Centennial Hall, 103 & Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic
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Course Description from most current MSU Catalog (2020 to 2021)

Clinical practice continues in the Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic, as well as extramural sites in the community. Further development of instrumentation and assessment skills acquired in prerequisite Clinical Practice courses on patients of a more difficult caliber. Introduction and development of techniques for pit and fissure sealant placement, ultrasonic scaling, periodontal scaling and root planning. Enhances proficiency in exposing, developing, and assessing dental radiographs taken on patients by providing clinical application of didactic and laboratory instruction from prerequisite course in oral radiology, under instructor supervision.



The purpose of this course is to further the development of the instrumentation and assessment skills acquired in prerequisite Clinical Practice courses through treatment of patients of a more difficult caliber. Integration of didactic and clinical experiences will allow for the introduction and development of techniques for pit and fissure sealant placement, localized antimicrobials, ultrasonic scaling, and periodontal debridement. Emphasis will be placed on improvement of instrumentation (particularly deep scaling and debridement of root surfaces), enhancing proficiency in the development of dental hygiene treatment plans, and the assessment of medical, dental, and periodontal status of clinical patients. Assistant and receptionist rotations in the Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic will further students’ abilities to multitask, develop an appreciation for other members of the dental office and foster team building skills.




The grade for this course is based on QUALITY (instrumentation, assessment/documentation, patient management, radiographs, professionalism, and clinic assistant/receptionist grades) AND QUANTITY (patient experience) requirements. Both play a significant role in the development of student competencies in patient care.

Competency evaluations (Process Evals) ensure that students can perform procedures at the minimum level of expertise determined necessary for this point in time in their education. Upon successful completion of the competency evaluations students can then work on improving their abilities with instructor assistance on patients in the Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic. Due to the substantial instructor-student collaboration during treatment QUALITY grades alone (via Clinic Grade Sheets) are NOT true indicators of student competency.

QUANTITY (patient experiences) requirements are set to ensure that each student has appropriate experiences to develop entry level competencies in patient care. QUANTITY also reflects the student’s competency level as time management abilities are ultimately reflected in the number and type of patients upon which treatment is completed. Therefore, the number/type of patients treated and the number/type of procedures performed have a significant bearing on the student’s final course grade for Clinical Practice 3 and 4. 




50%  Instrumentation

30%  Data Collection/Treatment Management

15%  Radiographs

  5%  Clinic Assistant/Receptionist



Clinic Assistant/Receptionist Grade: Students will start with 100 points in this area.  Infractions will result in deduction of points from the applicable “100” starting points. Each infraction will incur a five (5) point deduction from the initial 100 points. (See Assistant/Receptionist Forms, objectives & criteria – Student Handbook/Clinic Manual, Section 7.5 and 7.6).  



The Dental Hygiene Faculty feel very strongly that maximum participation in all clinical and laboratory exercises is critical to the development of clinical competencies. Therefore, more than two absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from the final course grade for each absence over 2.  




A student on Probationary Status will not be permitted absences for any reason until he/she is taken off of probationary status by the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee.


When the student has an open appointment time due to a No-show, cancellation, or no scheduled patient the student will be expected to work on impression requirements, help the clinic assistant or receptionist as needed, or assigned a specific skill to practice. YOU MUST REMAIN IN THE CLINIC AREA. The dressing/locker room is not considered a clinical area (See Professionalism Criteria - Student Handbook)


DO NOT SIT IN THE RECEPTION ROOM OR AT THE RECEPTION DESK unless you are the scheduled receptionist. If an instructor and/or the department secretary have to ask you to leave the reception desk FIVE (5) points for Breach of Professionalism WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM your FINAL clinic grade. You may study in your clinic unit with clinic instructor permission. ALL STUDENTS MUST CHECK WITH AN INSTRUCTOR BEFORE LEAVING THE CLINIC AREA(See Professionalism Criteria - Student Handbook)

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