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Sinclair College

2022 - 2023 Catalog Year
Dental Hygiene (Full-time)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Division: Health Sciences

Health Sciences degree programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The limited enrollment courses are offered during the technical portion of the program that includes clinical, practicum, or professional practice experience. The technical section of a program has restrictions on the number of students that may start the limited enrollment courses each term (or year), based on space availability and accreditor guidelines, for example, objective quantitative factors. As a result of this limited class size, there may be a waiting period between completion of the prerequisites and other program requirements for entry into the limited enrollment courses, and the start of those courses. Some programs have instituted a competitive selection process for entry to the limited enrollment/restricted courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet found on the Health Sciences webpage: http://www.sinclair.edu/academics/divisions/hs/

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Program Prerequisites
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Description:

The first course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include introductory terminology, biochemistry, cells, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system and the endocrine system. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: DEV 0015 and DEV 0015 or MAT 0600 and MAT 0100 and MAT 0100 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1130

Corequisites: BIO 1147 BIO 1147

Description: Lab for the first course in a two semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body.

Corequisites: BIO 1141

Description:

Orientation to terms related specifically to the science of dentistry to prepare students for the dental hygiene program. Includes dental terminology application along with definitions and relationships of words to other similar dental terms, the use of root words, prefixes and suffixes related to dentistry. Introduction to the profession of dental hygiene and the ethics, laws and rules. Students are strongly encouraged to take SCC 1101 prior to this course.

Description: Orientation to the health care delivery system, including history, economics, medical/legal issues, professionalism, ethics, sociological aspects and wellness concepts. Orientation to the use of technology in the health care system will also be provided, including user interfaces, telecommunications and networks. The development of health care team skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving strategies and multicultural health care perspectives, will be presented. One classroom, three lab hours per week.

Description: Solve health science applications; convert within and between metric, household and apothecary systems; read and interpret health science labels and graphs; calculate and apply statistical concepts; solve problems involving parenteral, pediatric and/or intravenous administration and dosage calculations. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Notes: Choose from MAT 1130 or Any Mathematics, Statistics & Logic elective from the approved Ohio Transfer 36 List. View electives at: http://www.sinclair.edu/transfer/gened/module/

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or Other (Satisfactory score on math placement test)

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 and DEV 0035 and DEV 0035 and DEV 0035 and DEV 0035 and DEV 0035 and DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score) or Other (Placement Test Score) or Other (Placement Test Score) or Other (Placement Test Score) or Other (Placement Test Score) or Other (Placement Test Score) or Other (Placement Test Score)

Description: An introductory survey course for students pursuing health science degrees or who have not previously taken high school chemistry. Topics include matter and measurement, atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, energy changes, atomic structure and bonding, acid/base chemistry, chemical kinetics, and organic chemistry. Three classroom hours, two lab hours per week. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Notes: Complete CHE 1111/1151 or provide proof of High School chemistry with a "C" or better within past 5 years to the Dental Health Sciences Department.

Prerequisites: MAT 0100 and MAT 0100 and MAT 0100 or MAT 0600 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1445 or MAT 1445 or MAT 1445

Corequisites: CHE 1151 CHE 1151 CHE 1151

Corequisites: CHE 1111

 

Term hours subtotal:

17

Fall Semester (First Year)
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Description: Gross anatomy of the head and neck region including the oral cavity. Morphology and function of permanent and primary dentition. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: BIO 1141 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 1203

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 1202

Description:

Scientific principles of dental hygiene practice with emphasis on preventive dental health concepts, promotion of dental health, exposure control, data collection, patient assessment, oral health education and basic dental hygiene instrumentation. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: ALH 1101 and BIO 1141 and DEH 1102 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 1205

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 1204

Description: An introduction to biochemistry and basic fundamentals of the science of nutrition, the role of nutrition in oral health and disease, nutrition standards and guidelines, nutrition and oral structures, nutrition through the life cycle, dietary analysis and nutritional counseling.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Description: Microscopic anatomy of the human cell and tissues. Embryologic development of the head and neck. Histology of tooth development.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Description: The second course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, metabolism, the urinary system, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid-base balance and the reproductive system. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: BIO 1141

Corequisites: BIO 1248

Description: Lab for the second course in a two-semester sequence studying the structure and function of the human body.

Corequisites: BIO 1242

Description: Morphology and physiology of microorganisms and selected human parasites, mechanisms of disease production, host responses, spread of infectious diseases. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1111 or BIO 1141 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1171 or Other (LPN Diploma)

Corequisites: BIO 2206

Description: Students carry out aseptic techniques; simple and special staining procedures; methods utilized for culturing, isolation and identification of bacteria (known and unknown); molecular genetic and immunological methods dealing with microbes. Also, exercises involving eukaryotic microbes (fungi, protozoa and helminths) are conducted.

Corequisites: BIO 2205

 

Term hours subtotal:

18

Spring Semester (First Year)
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Description:

Scientific principles of dental hygiene practice with emphasis on preventive dental health concepts, pedodontic care, promotion of dental health, care planning, patient referral and dental specialties, periodontal instrumentation, care of the removable prosthesis and oral health education. Two classroom, six lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 1204 and DEH 1206 and Restricted to Majors

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 1302

Description: Principles of general first aid and managing medical emergencies in dental practice. Two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 1202 and DEH 1203 and Other (American Heart Association Health Care Provider BLS)

Corequisites: DEH 1303

Description:

Study of human disease processes and their physiological manifestations with emphasis on the etiology, signs and symptoms of pathological conditions within the oral cavity and associated structures.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 1202 and DEH 1203 and Restricted to Majors

Description:

Scientific principles of radiation, radiographic production and patient management in dental practice. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 1202 and DEH 1203 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 1309

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Corequisites: DEH 1308

 

Term hours subtotal:

12

Summer Semester (First Year)
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Description: Foundations of periodontics with emphasis on periodontal disease progression and classification, etiology of periodontal diseases including gingival disease and periodontitis, assessment for clinical decision making, nonsurgical periodontal therapy.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Summer Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 1302 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 2403

Description: Clinical dental hygiene practice with emphasis on the process of dental hygiene care, exposure control, dental imaging and diagnostic assessment procedures, care planning and education, prophylaxis and preventive procedures, pedodontic patient care and management, utilization of practice management technology. Twenty-one clock hours each week will be spent seeing patients over an 8-week term.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Summer Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 1302 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 2402

Description:

Overview of statistical terminology needed to evaluate research literature and prepare and present dental hygiene research papers.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Summer Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Description: General knowledge and use of various dental materials commonly used in the dental practice setting. Introduces the physical and chemical properties, structures, uses and manipulation of materials. One classroom, three lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Summer Only.

Prerequisites: and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 2403 and DEH 2507

Description: Laboratory and clinical training in Dental Materials. Laboratory sessions give the student skill development for correctly using dental materials with an emphasis on safety and infection control.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Summer Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 2506

Description: University-parallel course covering history and systems of psychology, behavioral research methods, physiology of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, consciousness, cognition, personality, lifespan development, gender, social psychology, motivation, emotion, stress, mental disorders and therapies.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 and DEV 0035

 

Term hours subtotal:

9

Fall Semester (Second Year)
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Description:

Overview of the conventional drug classes with emphasis on the actions, effects and indications for those used in the dental practice.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 2402 and DEH 2403 and Restricted to Majors

Description:

Laboratory and clinical training in the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 2402 and DEH 2403 and Restricted to Majors

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Description:

Clinical dental hygiene practice with emphasis on diagnostic procedures and assessment, care planning and education, preventive and therapeutic procedures, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, periodontal maintenance, medically compromised and special needs patient care, professional communication and case presentation. Twenty-one practicum hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Fall Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 2403 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 2508

 

Term hours subtotal:

8

Spring Semester (Second Year)
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Description:

Introduction to community and public health concepts and community health education. Two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Description:

A continuation of the dental hygiene process of care, advanced instrumentation and procedures, dietary assessment and counseling, tobacco education and cessation, emerging trends and special topics, professional philosophy and life-long learning.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 2508 and Restricted to Majors

Corequisites: DEH 2603

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Description:

Examines current trends in dental hygiene including resume and interviewing strategies, practice setting selection, legal and ethical issues, business of dental hygiene, professional development and organized dental hygiene.

Notes: Program limited enrollment course. Spring Only.

Prerequisites: DEH 2509 and Restricted to Majors

 

Term hours subtotal:

9

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.