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DNHY 1215 - Clinical Dental Hygiene I

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Dental Hygiene Program; DNHY 1110 , DNHY 1112 , DNHY 1114 , and DNHY 1115  all with a grade of C or better

Corequisites: DNHY 1210 , DNHY 1212 , and DNHY 1214  

This course enables students to apply the knowledge and skills learned to the dental hygiene process of care:  assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students will provide preventative, therapeutic, and educational services to clinical patients in a supervised dental setting.  

Billable Contact Hours: 7

When Offered: Winter semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate proper infection prevention and control protocols.


  1. Demonstrate proper handwashing technique. 
  2. Demonstrate use of proper PPE necessary for dental hygiene treatment procedures.
  3. Demonstrate proper PPE donning technique.
  4. Demonstrate proper PPE doffing technique.
  5. Demonstrate the proper method of operatory disinfection.
  6. Demonstrate applying operatory barriers.
  7. Demonstrate instrument disinfection and sterilization.
  8. Demonstrate use of proper PPE for disinfection and sterilization

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use basic instrumentation techniques.


  1. Identify the modified pen grasp.
  2. Identify intraoral fulcrum techniques.
  3. Identify the working-end of various dental hygiene instruments.
  4. Identify proper blade adaptation.
  5. Identify the three basic instrument stroke directions.
  6. Identify instruments for removal of biofilm.
  7. Identify instruments for removal of supragingival calculus.
  8. Identify instruments for removal of subgingival calculus.
  9. Identify the technique of rubber cup prophylaxis.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the range of working positions for the dental hygienist.


  1. Demonstrate common patient positions in the dental chair.
  2. Demonstrate common operator positions.
  3. Demonstrate common lighting positions.
  4. Demonstrate the scope of ergonomic dental hygiene.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to construct an individualized patient dental hygiene process of care.


  1. Interpret a patient’s relevant background information.
  2. Summarize clinical findings from patient assessments.
  3. Summarize the appropriate recare/maintenance sequence based on clinical findings and evaluation. 
  4. Explain the importance of establishing patient goals.
  5. Identify interventions and outcomes to meet patient goals.
  6. Create a patient’s risk assessment.
  7. Create a patient’s needs assessment.
  8. Create dental hygiene process of care.


Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use effective communication skills.  


  1. Use effective oral communication skills.
  2. Use effective written skills.
  3. Use effective listening skills.
  4. Verbally summarize clinical findings from patient assessments.
  5. Create dental and medical patient referrals.


Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate how to obtain common patient assessments.


  1. Perform an oral-facial exam.
  2. Perform a gingival exam.
  3. Perform a periodontal exam.
  4. Perform obtaining a patient’s occlusion.
  5. Perform obtaining a patient’s blood pressure.
  6. Perform obtaining a patient’s pulse.
  7. Perform obtaining a patient’s respiration.
  8. Perform obtaining a patient’s temperature.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply instrumentation techniques on clinical patients.


  1. Demonstrate proper instrumentation selection based on patient needs.
  2. Demonstrate proper instrumentation based on instrument selection.
  3. Demonstrate proper adaptation of selected instrument.
  4. Demonstrate proper fulcruming for selected working area.
  5. Demonstrate proper scaling stroke for calculus removal.
  6. Demonstrate proper exploratory stroke for calculus detection.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to document dental hygiene care.


  1. Demonstrate the documentation of the oral-facial exam.
  2. Demonstrate the documentation of the gingival exam.
  3. Demonstrate the documentation of the periodontal exam.
  4. Demonstrate the documentation of occlusion.
  5. Demonstrate the documentation of blood pressure.
  6. Demonstrate the documentation of pulse rate.
  7. Demonstrate the documentation of respiration rate.
  8. Demonstrate the documentation of temperature.
  9. Demonstrate the documentation of a risk assessment.
  10. Demonstrate the documentation of a needs assessment.

Outcome 9: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to summarize the concepts related to ensuring confidentiality and privacy of patient information.


  1. Explain the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  2. Explain the entities HIPAA applies to.
  3. Explain the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
  4. Explain the HIPAA Security Rule.

Outcome 10: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to summarize the importance of a safe working environment.


  1. Explain common medical emergencies that occur in the dental practice.
  2. Explain methods to prevent and/or manage common medical emergencies. 
  3. Explain what health conditions, significant risk factors or risk indicators may impact the delivery of patient care and services. 

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

Week 1: Orientation; Patient appointment procedures

Week 2: Patient appointment procedures

Weeks 3 - 16: Patient treatment

Primary Faculty
Ellis, Barbara
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ellis, Barbara
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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