Dental Hygiene Course Offerings

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DHY 111 - Nutrition and Oral Disease Prevention I

Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the dental hygiene program. Introduction to the science of nutrition and its oral and systemic relevance to dental hygiene patient care. Students will also learn the composition and formation of soft and hard deposits and their relation to nutritional aspects of caries, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 114 - Oral Anatomy, Embryology and Histology

This course is an overview of the structures found in the oral cavity, and extends to a study of the embryological development of the head, neck and oral structure, including histological features. Also included is the development of the teeth and their supporting structures.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 117 - Pre-Clinic I Theory

This course is the first of two dental hygiene preclinical theory courses and focuses on the knowledge needed prior to patient treatment. Emphasis is placed on gaining the knowledge behind beginning manual instrumentation skills. Other course content includes patient assessment procedures and other non-instrumentation dental hygiene skills.
Course Fee: $1621 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 118 - Pre-Clinic I Laboratory

This course is the first of two dental hygiene preclinical laboratory courses with an emphasis on acquiring beginning dental hygiene instrumentation skills. Other skill content includes patient assessment procedures and other non-instrumentation dental hygiene skills.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 122 - Nutrition and Oral Disease Prevention II

Prerequisites: DXX 104, DXX 115, DXX 117, DXX 118, DHY 111, DHY 114, DHY 119. Co-requisite: DHY 129. This continuation course will be spent studying methods for preventing oral disease through patient education and behavior modification techniques. Reading assignments, class discussion, role playing, oral physiotherapy aid presentation and a patient education project, will prepare students to apply preventive dentistry concepts in clinical dental hygiene courses and community dental health.
Course Fee: $35 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 123 - General and Oral Pathology for Dental Hygiene

Prerequisites: BI 121, BI 122, DHY 114, DHY 119; co-requisite: DXX 117. General and oral pathology from the dental hygienist\'s perspective. Topics include inflammation and repair, immunity, neoplasia, and oral manifestations of systemic diseases. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing the presence of abnormalities.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 124 - Dental Morphology and Function

Prerequisite: DHY 114; co-requisite: DHY 129. An in-depth study of the normal anatomy and morphology of the permanent and deciduous teeth. This will include, but not be limited to, tooth eruption, shedding, various types of occlusion, and malocclusion.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 125 - Dental Specialties

Prerequisites: DHY 111, DHY 114, DHY 117, DHY 119, DXX 104, DXX 115; co-requisites: DHY 122, DHY 124, DHY 129, DHY 123. This course introduces the dental hygiene student to the specialties of dentistry to allow the student to better serve clients with advanced treatment needs.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 126 - Periodontology I

This course covers the fundamental principles of periodontology; etiology, histopathology, inflammatory process, gingival and periodontal diseases, assessment, and introduction to diagnosis.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 127 - Pre-Clinic II Theory

This course is the second of two dental hygiene preclinical theory courses, with an emphasis on developing the students knowledge of more advanced dental hygiene clinical procedures, leading to the knowledge set necessary to begin patient treatment.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 128 - Pre-Clinic II Laboratory

This course is the second of two dental hygiene preclinical laboratory courses with an emphasis on the development of more advanced dental hygiene clinical skills, leading to the skills necessary to treat patients. Laboratory hours change to clinical hours at the mid-point of the semester.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 132 - Applied Dental Biomaterials

Prerequisites: DHY 129; co-requisite: DHY 139. Students are introduced to various dental materials including properties, manipulation, utilization and applications in dental hygiene procedures. Recommended Skills: Manual dexterity and a 12th grade reading level.
Course Fee: $55 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 134 - Head and Neck Anatomy

Prerequisites: DHY 114 and DHY 129; co-requisite: DHY 139. This course is a study of the normal anatomy of the head and neck including the bones, muscles, blood supply, and nervous system. An introduction to the anatomical features related to dental local anesthesia is also provided.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 136 - Periodontology II

This course focuses on advanced principles of periodontology; advanced diagnosis and assessment techniques, treatment planning, prevention and implementation of treatment; patient education, principles of periodontal surgery and prognosis.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 138 - Dental Hygiene Patient Care and Management I

This course is an introduction to the principles of care and management for dental hygiene clients in a clinical setting, including communicating with clients and peers as a dental hygiene professional.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 139 - Clinical Dental Hygiene I

This is an introductory course in providing the clinical treatment of periodontal disease in dental hygiene patients. Emphasis is placed on building the fundamental skills for treating and managing dental hygiene patients.
Course Fee: $163 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 139A - Clinical Dental Hygiene I

Prerequisite: DXX127, DHY122,DHY123, DHY124, DHY125, DHY126, DHY129 Corequisite: DHY138 First of four courses in providing the clinical treatment of dental hygiene patients of all levels of periodontal disease. Emphasis is on building the fundamental skills for treating and managing dental hygiene patients. The course is offered only during Winter semester of 2014. Recommended Skills: Ability to listen to patients during medical and dental history interviews and to speak, read and write the English language in order to educate the patient, obtain informed consent for treatment and accurately complete patient records.
Course Fee: $155 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 139B - Clinical Dental Hygiene I

Prerequisite: DXX127, DHY122,DHY123, DHY124, DHY125, DHY126, DHY129, DHY 139A Second of four courses in providing the clinical treatment of dental hygiene patients of all levels of periodontal disease. Emphasis is on building the fundamental skills for treating and managing dental hygiene patients. The course is offered during the first weeks of fall semester 2014. Recommended Skills: Ability to listen to patients during medical and dental history interviews and to speak, read and write the English language in order to educate the patient, obtain informed consent for treatment and accurately complete patient records.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 240 - Pain Management I

This course prepares the dental hygiene student to administer local anesthesia as one method of pain management. Course content includes: review of anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, review of pharmacology of local anesthesia, patient assessment, selection and administration of anesthetic agents, emergency management, and legal and ethical considerations.
Course Fee: $89 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 241 - Dental Hygiene Patient Care and Management II

This course is a continuation of DHY138, focusing on practice in treatment planning for dental hygiene clients and an introduction to the principles of dental hygiene care for special population groups.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 242 - Advanced Instrumentation and Treatment Modalities

Students practice behavior modification and treatment planning for periodontally involved patients, and participate in a group project to build critical thinking skills. Students also study principles of advanced instrumentation and treatment modalities. Self-assessment continues to prepare students to provide effective, total patient care.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 244 - Community Dental Health I

This is an introductory course in Community Dental Health, including the use of epidemiological data to assess and plan dental health programs.
Course Fee: $40 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 246 - Dental Pharmacology

Prerequisite: DHY 139; co-requisite: DHY 249. A study of pharmacology with a special emphasis on the drugs used in dentistry and the effects of drugs on dental treatment.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 249 - Clinical Dental Hygiene II

This course supports the clinical care and treatment of dental hygiene patients. Basic dental hygiene skills are expanded and improved upon through practice in the Colleges dental clinic.
Course Fee: $263 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 250 - Pain Management II

Prerequisites: DHY 240, DHY 241, DHY 242, DHY 244, DHY 246, and DHY 249. This course will provide the dental hygiene student instruction and lab application necessary to administer nitrous oxide oxygen inhalation sedation. Topics covered include pain and anxiety management, anatomy and physiology of respiration and airway management, patient assessment, clinical procedures for administration, nitrous oxide and its interaction with the body, emergency procedures, and potential hazards of occupational exposure. Alternative pain management therapies will also be explored.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 251 - Dental Hygiene Patient Care and Management III

This course is a continuation of the principles of DHY 241, including dental hygiene care for special population groups.
Course Fee: $10 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 254 - Community Dental Health II

This course is a continuation and application of principles acquired in Community Dental Health I (DHY 244). The course introduces biostatistics to assist in evidence-based decision making. Students also plan, implement and evaluate community dental health programs at off-campus sites.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 255 - Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence

In this course, the dental hygiene student learns the importance of ethical standards and the effects of jurisprudence relative to the practice of dental hygiene.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 256 - Dental Hygiene Professional Management

Prerequisites: DHY 240, DHY 241, DHY 242, DHY 244, DHY 246, DHY 249; co-requisites: DHY 251, DHY 254, DHY 255, DHY 259. This course focuses on the criteria for assessing the work environment, dental practice management, and employment seeking skills. The student will also acquire skills for assuming professional membership and leadership roles.
Course Fee: $10 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 257 - Advanced Treatment Modalities and Evaluation in Dental Hygiene

This course is a continuation of the principles of implementation, evaluation and maintenance of health in dental hygiene patients. Students study advanced treatment modalities including supportive periodontal therapies, periodontal recare and re-evaluation techniques. Students participate in analyzing case studies to prepare for their state and national board examinations.
Course Fee: $45 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

DHY 259 - Clinical Dental Hygiene III

This course is a continuation of DHY 249 clinical care and treatment of dental hygiene clients with an emphasis on treating more complex and difficult cases. Dental hygiene skills are improved through practice in the Grand Rapids Community College Dental clinic.
Course Fee: $263 (Tuition Rates & Fees)