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DNHY 2025 - Clinical Dental Hygiene IV

Credit Hours: 4.00

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 2022 , and DNHY 2024  

This course will expand upon the application of knowledge and clinical skills learned and lead further toward the objectives of the dental hygiene process of care in clinical practice.  Students will continue to develop their clinical skills by providing preventative, educational, and therapeutic services; applying techniques and skills to identify and ease pain and anxiety; and identification of general and/or oral pathology, 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 choose proper infection prevention and control protocols.


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

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to perform 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 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to interpret common patient assessments.


  1. Interpret oral-facial exam findings.
  2. Interpret gingival exam findings.
  3. Interpret periodontal exam findings.
  4. Determine a patient’s occlusion.
  5. Interpret a patient’s blood pressure reading.
  6. Interpret a patient’s pulse rate.
  7. Interpret a patient’s respiration rate.
  8. Interpret a patient’s temperature.
  9. Interpret a patient’s risk assessments.
  10. Interpret a patient’s needs assessments.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to document dental hygiene care.


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

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compile a patient’s dental hygiene process of care.


  1. Assess a patient’s medical, dental, and social histories.
  2. Discuss clinical findings from patient assessments.
  3. Discuss a patient’s recare/maintenance sequence based on clinical findings and evaluation.
  4. Discuss individual patient goals.
  5. Discuss interventions and outcomes to meet a patients’ goals.
  6. Create a patient treatment plan.

Outcome 6: 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.
  7. Demonstrate proper fulcruming techniques.
  8. Demonstrate proper polishing techniques based on oral assessment.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to choose the appropriate clinical working positions.


  1. Choose appropriate patient positioning for treatment on the maxilla.
  2. Choose appropriate patient positioning for treatment on the mandible.
  3. Choose appropriate clinician positioning for treatment in all four quadrants.
  4. Choose appropriate lighting positions for treatment in all four quadrants.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to choose effective communication skills.


  1. Choose effective oral communication skills.
  2. Choose effective written skills.
  3. Choose effective listening skills.
  4. Develop dental and medical referrals.

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 prevention and/or management methods for 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

Weeks 1 - 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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