Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program is a four semester and one summer session program within a cohort that prepares individuals to work in general and specialty dental offices, and public health agencies.  Emphasis is placed on the correlations among prevention, education, and the clinical phases of dental hygiene practice as well as basic and social sciences.  The curriculum is organized in accordance with requirements of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation for a Dental Hygiene program and with consultation from the Maui County Dental Association.  The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.  Graduates are eligible to take the National Board of Dental Hygiene Exam, National Clinical Examination, and apply for licensure with the Hawai‘i Board of Dental Examiners.

The following minimum prerequisite courses (19 credits) are required of students entering the Dental Hygiene program:  ENG 100(3); MATH 100, MATH 103, or MATH 115(3); MICR 130(3) and MICR 140(2); PHYL 141/PHYL 141L(3,1) and PHYL 142/PHYL 142L(3,1), all with grade C or better.  General Education AS credits (see below) may be completed early to reduce course load and be more competitive in the selection process.  Science lecture courses required for admission have a 10-year time limit, which must be completed within the last 10 years prior to application deadline.  A “lab” course (e.g., PHYL 141L, PHYL 142L) does not have a time limit, and may be repeated online in the UH system as a 3-credit lecture-only course.

Admission is every other odd fall year (e.g. Fall 2021, Fall 2023, Fall 2025):  application deadline for the next Fall Cohort is 1 May of that year.  Admission to UHMC does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program.  Courses may be repeated twice to raise a grade, with the higher grade used for admission purposes.  The application process includes an interview and writing exerciseIn the event of a tie (students with same points on Program Application), the student with the highest GPA is offered admission to the program based on our preadmission courses- pre-requisites and general education courses.  All qualified Hawaii State residents will be considered before any qualified non-resident. Dental Hygiene majors are assessed a professional fee of $500 per semester.  Visit the UH Maui College dental website at maui.hawaii.edu/dental

Contact the Program Coordinator, Rosie Vierra, at 984-3313 or by email at rivierra@hawaii.edu for information.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate their cumulative knowledge and skill by successfully passing both written and clinical dental hygiene examinations.
  2. Demonstrate basic theoretical knowledge and skills in biological science, dental radiology, chair side dental hygiene, and business office procedures to support dental hygiene practice and build the foundation for an associate degree in the dental hygiene program.
  3. Provide accurate, consistent, and complete documentation for assessment, and evaluation of dental hygiene services.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

DH 150 : Oral Histology & Embryology

Describes general and oral histology including an overview of oral embryology, a study of the fundamentals of cytology, and the normal microscopic anatomy of oral tissues. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 153 : Assessment Procedures in Dental Hygiene

Provides an orientation to dental hygiene practice. Focuses on the assessment techniques of the dental hygiene process of care model. Introduces infectious diseases important to dentistry, hazardous materials management, waste management, and rules of regulatory agencies (DCCA, OSHA, CDC and ADA). Teaches disinfection, instrument decontamination, sterilization procedures, tray set-up preparation and protocols, and emergency procedures for hazardous and biohazardous waste and materials. Focuses on dental hygiene assessment procedures including: review of health/dental history, vital signs, extra/intraoral examination, assessment of the dentition, and comprehensive periodontal examination. Discusses rationale for collection of assessment data and associated clinical procedures. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 155 : Dental Emergencies

Provides an overview of medical and dental emergencies including prevention of and preparedness for management of emergencies, client observation, and vital signs. Discusses basic principles of pharmacology related to emergencies including drug actions and interactions, toxicity and allergy, dental drugs in common use, and drugs used in the treatment of medical problems. Describes legal and ethical aspects of emergency procedures in dentistry. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 156 : Pre-clinical Dental Hygiene

Introduces clinical procedures and techniques of dental hygiene including prevention of disease transmission, health/ dental history, extra/intraoral examination, gingival evaluation and description, comprehensive periodontal examination, suspicious caries examination, and classification of occlusion. Demonstrates operation of the dental unit, basic instrumentation techniques, and ergonomic practice. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 156C : Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene Clinic

Develops clinical procedures and techniques of dental hygiene including prevention of disease transmission, health/dental history, extra/intraoral examination, gingival evaluation and description, comprehensive periodontal examination, suspicious caries examination, and classification of occlusion. Demonstrates operation of the dental unit, basic instrumentation techniques, and ergonomic practice.

Credits

2

DH 158 : Anatomical Sciences

Examines dental anatomy focusing on the development, morphology and functions of the teeth, head and neck including mastication. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 252 : Dental Materials

Examines the study of materials utilized in the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. Reviews properties of dental materials and presents ADA requirements. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 158 with grade C or better.

Corequisites

DH 252L.

DH 252L : Dental Materials Lab

Develops laboratory experience providing students with techniques in preparation and utilization of dental materials. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 158 with grade C or better.

Corequisites

DH 252.

DH 254 : Pathology in Dental Hygiene and Special Patient Populations

Introduces general pathology and specific pathologic processes, repair, healing, and regressive changes. Discusses social significance of pathology. Correlates pathology and diseases related to the dental hygiene client, including the indications and contraindications for care, modifications to treatment, and appointment planning for special patient/client populations. Uses client case studies. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 255 : Oral Pathology in Dental Hygiene

Examines pathology of the head, neck, and oral structures. Differentiates developmental conditions, caries, diseases of bacterial, viral, and fungal origin. Describes neoplasms of the oral cavity. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

DH 254 with grade C or better, or consent.

DH 256 : Applied Pharmacology in Dentistry

Examines drugs by groups with special emphasis on those used in dentistry including their physical and chemical properties, dosage, and therapeutic effects. Describes implications for client dental hygiene care using case studies. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

PHRM 203 with grade C or better, or licensed dentist or dental hygienist.

DH 257 : Periodontics 1 and Advanced Clinical Techniques

Focuses on fundamental principles of periodontology including normal periodontium, etiology, and classification of periodontal disease and relationship of dental deposits to periodontal diseases. Correlates basic sciences with the clinical aspects of periodontal diseases. Describes etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. Identifies development of periodontal pocket, abscess, and process of bone loss. Demonstrates advanced instrumentation techniques, ultrasonic devices, root planing, curettage, subgingival irrigation, and hypersensitivity. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 156 with grade C or better.

DH 257C : Periodontics 1 & Advanced Clinical Techniques Clinic

Develops clinical experience that focuses on fundamental principles of periodontology including normal periodontium, etiology and classification of periodontal disease, and relationship of dental deposits to periodontal diseases. Correlation of basic sciences with the clinical aspects of periodontal diseases. Describes etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. Identifies development of periodontal pocket, abscess, process of bone loss. Demonstrates advanced instrumentation techniques, ultrasonic devices, root planing, curettage, subgingival irrigation, and hypersensitivity.

Credits

1

DH 258 : Periodontics 2 and Advanced Clinical Techniques

Focuses on diagnosis, treatment planning, and therapeutic procedures. Explains preventive and therapeutic measures within scope and responsibility of the dental hygienist. Utilizes advanced instrumentation in periodontal treatment. Compares types of periodontal surgery and therapies. Describes rationale and criteria for periodontal referral. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 257 with grade C or better.

DH 258C : Periodontics 2 and Advanced Clinical Techniques in Dental Hygiene Clinic

Develops clinical skills on diagnosis, treatment planning, and therapeutic procedures. Explains preventive and therapeutic measures within scope and responsibility of the dental hygienist. Utilizes advanced instrumentation in periodontal treatment. Compares types of periodontal surgery and therapies. Describes rationale and criteria for periodontal referral.

Credits

1

DH 260 : Clinical Dental Hygiene 1

Focuses on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency, skills, and performance with each successive academic semester. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 156 with grade C or better.

DH 260C : Clinical Dental Hygiene 1 Clinic

Credits

3

Develops clinical experience on assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating dental hygiene care on the clinic clients Develops clinical competency, skills, and performance with each successive academic semester.

DH 261 : Clinical Dental Hygiene 2

Focuses on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency, skills, and performance with each successive academic semester. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 260 with grade C or better.

DH 261C : Clinical Dental Hygiene 2 Clinic

Develops clinical experience on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency, skills, and performance with each successive academic semester.

Credits

1

DH 262 : Clinical Dental Hygiene 3

Focuses on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency, skill, and performance. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 261 with grade C or better.

DH 262C : Clinical Dental Hygiene 3 Clinic

Develops clinical experience on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency, skill, and performance.

Credits

4

DH 263 : Clinical Dental Hygiene 4

Focuses on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency and skills. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 262 with grade C or better.

DH 263C : Clinical DH 4

Develops clinical skills on assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on clinic clients. Develops clinical competency and skills.

Credits

4

DH 264 : Community Dental Health

Examines community dental health problems, school dental health programs, and epidemiology of dental disease, as well as assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of a community dental health program. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.

DH 265 : Law and Ethics in Dental Hygiene

Describes ethics, jurisprudence, and practice aspects of dental hygiene practice. Discovers employment opportunities. Discusses resumes, interviewing, and office policies. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene program.

DH 266 : Local Anesthesia and Pain Control

Reviews pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and emergency procedures associated with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia. Demonstrates preparation for and administration of conduction and infiltration anesthesia in dental procedures. Provides laboratory and clinical experience in administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

DH 155 and DH 256, both with grade C or better.

DH 266C : Local Anesthesia and Pain Control Clinic

Develops clinical experience with; pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and emergency procedures associated with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia. Demonstrates preparation for and administration of conduction and infiltration anesthesia in dental procedures. Provides laboratory and clinical experience in administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia.

Credits

1

DH 267 : Dental Radiology and Interpretation

Reviews the production, characteristics, and biological effects of radiation, functions, components, and operation of the x-ray unit. Includes radiation protection and monitoring, chemistry, and techniques associated with x-ray film and developing solutions. Reviews anatomic landmarks, intraoral, short-cone radiographic techniques in bitewing, periapical, full mouth, and occlusal surveys. Introduces and expands experience of radiographic identification, interpretation of radiographic caries, periodontal disease, endodontics, edentulous, trauma, and dental anomalies utilizing dental x-ray films, panoramic, cephalometric, and other extraoral radiographs. Explains forensic and legal considerations of dental radiology. Reviews traditional methods of x-ray exposure including digital technique. Includes clinical lab experience of exposing and interpreting radiographs on clients. (Letter grade only.)

Credits

2

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.

Corequisites

DH 267L : Dental Radiology & Interpretation Lab

Develops laboratory experience providing students with the following techniques in preparation and utilization of: the production, characteristics, and biological effects of radiation, functions, components, and operation of the x-ray unit.  Includes radiation protection and monitoring, chemistry and techniques associated with x-ray film and developing solutions.  Identifies anatomic landmarks, intraoral, short-cone radiographic techniques in bitewing, periapical, full mouth and occlusal surveys.  Introduces and expands experience of radiographic identification, interpretation of radiographic caries, periodontal disease, endodontics, edentulous, trauma, and dental anomalies utilizing dental x-ray films, panoramic, cephalometric and other extraoral radiographs.  Explains forensic and legal considerations of dental radiology.  Demonstrates traditional methods of x-ray exposure including digital technique.  Includes clinical lab experience of exposing and interpreting radiographs on clients.  (Letter grade only.)

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.

Corequisites