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  • DH-101

    Dental Hygiene Theory I

    This course provides the history and foundation of clinical dental hygiene practice. The student will be introduced to the basic principles and skills necessary to provide oral health care. Emphasis is placed on such topics as: disease transmission and control; importance of detailed medical histories; measuring and recording vital signs; etiology and recognition of dental caries; stains; hard and soft deposits; intraoral and extra oral examinations; the dental hygiene treatment plan; indices and scoring methods; plaque control; fluoride treatments; and sealants. This course will introduce material that will be applied in the Pre-Clinical and Clinical Dental Hygiene courses to follow.
  • DH-102

    Medical Emergencies

    Since the dental office is one of the major locations where people exhibit anxiety, medical emergencies may occur. This course teaches the Dental Hygiene student how to handle medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office, such as syncope, adrenal insufficiency, hyperventilation, asthma attacks, diabetic coma, insulin shock, CVA, epileptic seizures, anaphylaxis, angina pectoris and heart attacks. Emphasis will also be placed on oxygen delivery, emergency cart components, respiratory distress, congestive heart failure, drug related overdoses, rheumatic heart disease, heart murmurs, endocarditis, congenital heart defects, liver disorders, renal failure, organ transplants and blood disorders. Labs involve executing the role of each team member during role-playing emergencies in a clinical setting.
  • DH-103

    Dental Hygiene Clinic I

    Instrument design and use, ergonomics, and infection control provide the didactic foundation for the pre-clinical lab. Lab: Hands-on application of techniques for the prevention of disease transmission, scaling, polishing, and oral health education for the prevention of dental disease at the beginner level. Students master the basic instrumentation skills through practice on dental models prior to performing services on peers. Students progress individually in a competency-based approach to mastery of beginner level skills.
  • DH-105

    Dental Anatomy & Histology

    A detailed study of the form and function of the deciduous and permanent dentitions with emphasis on the histologic development of tooth tissues and root morphology. Basic dental terminology, oral cavity landmarks, and patterns of tooth eruption will also be studied. This course includes hands-on study of synthetic teeth. Notes: Lecture: 2 hours. Note: Students in the Dental Hygiene Program must achieve a minimum grade of ?C? in each DH course and maintain an overall minimum CGPA of 2.00 to continue in the program.
  • DH-106

    Head&Neck Anatomy Embryology

    The study of the embryonic origin and anatomy of the structures of the head and neck with emphasis on tooth development, cranial nerves, muscles of mastication and facial expression, the temporomandibular joint, and the vascular and lymphatic systems. Students learn head and neck structures by studying human skulls.
  • DH-108


    An in-depth study of the etiology and classification of periodontal disease and current periodontal therapies pertinent to dental hygiene practice. The effects of smoking, malocclusion, diabetes etc. on periodontal and total health are covered. Periodontal surgery and non-surgical therapies, plaque control techniques and formulating a dental hygiene treatment plan for periodontal patients are emphasized.
  • DH-170

    Dental Radiology

    This course is an in-depth study of the theory and principles of x-radiation used in the exposure, processing and mounting of dental radiographs. Recognition and interpretation of normal and abnormal conditions visible on dental radiographs and the identification of the hazards and safety precautions eminent to radiographic procedures will be covered. The laboratory sessions will provide experience in intra-oral and extra-oral radiographic techniques on manikins, digital x-ray, panoramic x-ray, processing and mounting procedures. Students will expose a Full Mouth Series of radiographs on a patient at the end of the course.
  • DH-203

    Dental Hygiene Clinic III

    Novice, skill level II of clinical patient care is a continuation of DH 104 skill level I with increased clinical time and exposure to a variety of patients and clinical procedures. The students will treat more difficult periodontal case types that will challenge their clinical skills. Emphasis will be on integrating therapeutic oral health services with prevention and implementation of instrumentation at a higher skill level. Dental hygiene students increase their clinical time to 12 hours of clinic. Students will be scheduled at the Mount Ida College Dental Center and at an extramural assignment in a variety of dental settings in the greater Boston area. Transportation to the extramural site is the responsibility of the student. Students are responsible for patient recruitment when the clinic office does not schedule patients for them.
  • DH-204

    Dental Hygiene Clinic IV

    Second-year students will continue alternating between extramural assignments in a variety of dental settings in the greater Boston area and the Mount Ida College Dental Center. The senior student will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and conceptualize all knowledge, theory and clinical skills previously learned to provide care at the advanced skill level IV, an entry-level (or above) proficiency required of a licensed dental hygienist. The students will treat more difficult periodontal case types utilizing advanced instrumentation and fulcrums. Transportation to the extramural site is the responsibility of the student. Students are responsible for patient recruitment when the clinic office does not schedule patients for them.
  • DH-205


    This course incorporates the basic concepts of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, diverse reactions, mechanisms of action, and drug interactions for commonly used groups of drugs with emphasis on drugs used in dentistry. It also includes the effects of age and culture on drug treatment, mathematics of drugs and solutions, prescription writing and principles of client teaching regarding drug treatment. Principles of pain management, types of anesthetics and sedations, adverse reactions and contraindications are studied.
  • DH-206

    Dental Ethics & Practice Mgmt

    Emphasis will be placed on ethics and jurisprudence for the dental hygienist in this course. The ethical decision-making model will be applied to various case studies. Value determination, dilemma resolution, and sexual harassment will be discussed. A thorough study of the Massachusetts State Dental Practice Act and Regulations will be conducted. This course will prepare the dental hygienist for employment and ultimate attainment of professional goals. Emphasis will be placed on developing a complete resume and interview package, business office systems, computer application in dentistry, innovative appointment scheduling, telephone skills, developing a recall system, bookkeeping, inventory control, insurance claims, marketing, advertising and occupational burnout.
  • DH-207

    General & Oral Pathology

    The principles of general pathology in relationship to disease of the teeth, soft tissues, and supporting structures of the oral cavity are the focus of this course. The importance of early recognition of abnormal conditions in the mouth is emphasized. Inflammation and healing, growth disturbances, blood and lymph nodes, GI an urinary tracts, the endocrine system and microbiologic diseases will be discussed.
  • DH-209

    Public&Comm.Hlth Field Work

    This course will introduce the dental hygiene student to the basic concepts of community dental health. The methods used to measure dental disease in a population and the process used to plan a community intervention program designed to improve oral health will be discussed. Effective preventive treatment programs will be discussed and the methods used to evaluate effectiveness will be explained. Community dental research principles will be explored and students will be involved in simple statistical analyses. Students will apply public health/health education principles by designing and presenting dental health education projects to various audiences. Notes: Lecture: 2 hours, Field Work: 3 hours.