Dental Hygiene Program Goals & Competencies

Dental Hygiene Program Goals

  1. To provide a student-centered teaching environment that engages the students as active learners.
  2. To educate dental hygiene students in the ethical, legal, and competent practice of dental hygiene.
  3. To comprehensively prepare students with the knowledge and skills to assess, formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.
  4. To prepare dental hygiene graduates who provide patient-centered, comprehensive, evidence-based dental hygiene care.
  5. To develop the interpersonal and patient centered skills to interact effectively with diverse populations.
  6. To promote professional growth, scientific inquiry, and an appreciation for lifelong learning.
  7. To educate students on current technologies and the skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing healthcare system.
  8. To engage students in the promotion of dental health ideals through service to the community and involvement with professional organizations.

Dental Hygiene Program Competencies

  1. Apply a professional code of ethics in all endeavors.
  2. Adhere to state and federal law, recommendations, and regulations in the provision of dental hygiene care.
  3. Provide dental hygiene care to promote patient/client health and wellness using critical thinking and problem solving in the provision of evidenced-based practice.
  4. Assume responsibility for dental hygiene actions and care based on accepted scientific theories and research as well as the accepted standard of care.
  5. Continuously perform self-assessment for lifelong learning and professional growth.
  6. Advance the profession through service activities and affiliation with professional organizations.
  7. Provide quality assurance mechanism for health services.
  8. Communicate effectively with individuals and groups from diverse populations both verbally and in writing.
  9. Provide care to all clients, using individualized approach that is humane, empathetic and caring.
  10. Provide dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient.
  11. Assess the treatment needs of patients with special needs.
  12. Provide dental hygiene care for all types of classifications of periodontal disease including patients who exhibit moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  13. Provide appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental hygiene practice.
  14. Provide the dental hygiene process of care including assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation.
  15. Demonstrate competency in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating community-based oral health programs.