DNHY 2022 - Dental Practice Management
Credit Hours: 2.00
Prerequisites: Admission into the Dental Hygiene Program; DNHY 2010 , DNHY 2012 , DNHY 2014 , and DNHY 2015 all with grade C or better
Corequisites: PHIL 2100 , DNHY 2020 , DNHY 2024 , and DNHY 2025
This course explores professionalism, ethics, and student-readiness for a career in dental hygiene. Discussion topics include practice management, insurance and insurance coding, legal and ethical principles, professional responsibilities and expectations, resume development, and interviewing. This course also reviews and prepares students for the requirements for state dental hygiene licensure.
Billable Contact Hours: 2
When Offered: Winter semester only
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to interpret factors that inform ethical decision-making in the dental office.
- Interpret the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
- Interpret various legal principles that regulate the dental profession and serve as guides in the delivery of appropriate patient care.
- Interpret concepts of civil and criminal law as they relate to dental hygiene practice.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to elaborate on the various roles of a dental hygienist.
- Discuss the role of a dental hygienist as a member of the dental team within the context of the team concept as it pertains to success of a particular practice.
- Discuss various types of employment opportunities/arrangements available to dental hygienists.
- Discuss various methods of compensation and benefits available to dental hygienists.
- Discuss skills and resources that will promote obtainment and retention of employment.
- Develop short- and long-term professional development plans that incorporate the values of lifelong learning and career promotion.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss dental insurance protocols.
- Discuss the basic types of dental insurance.
- Originate a patient treatment predetermination dental insurance form.
- Discuss the levels of dental treatment coding.
- Discuss how to use the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) manual.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the steps to become a registered dental hygienist.
- Compare current state practice acts in preparation for licensure or certification and employment.
- Determine the necessary forms, fees, and processes required for licensure application.
- Determine the necessary licensure exams and fees.
Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate preparedness to join the workforce.
- Construct a professional cover letter.
- Construct a resume.
- Build a professional ePortfolio.
- Participate in a mock interview.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• 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:
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
Week 1: Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Reasoning
Week 2: Core Values and Ethical Principles
Week 3: Dental Hygiene Practice Act: Professionalism
Week 4: Informed Consent; Patient Rights
Week 5: Ethical Behavior and Decision Making Skills
Week 6: Jurisprudence
Week 7: State Jurisprudence
Week 8: Social Issues (MIDTERM)
Week 9: Aspects of Practice Management
Week 10: The Business of Dental Hygiene
Week 11: Alternative Practice Models
Week 12: Future Trends
Week 13: Seeking the Dental Hygiene Position
Week 14: Cover Letter; Resume; Interviewing Skills
Week 15: Planning for the Future and Career Longevity
Week 16: Mock Interviews
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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