Mar 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DH 239 - Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene

3 Credit(s)

An introduction to Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene (EPDH) concepts and roles for the provision of services for underserved community groups and individuals. Emphasis and instruction will be given on the use of knowledge and skills as outlined in the State of Oregon Dental Practice Act for Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene. Field work is expected in public health clinics, community groups and public dental programs. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify legal Expanded Practice roles for the dental hygienist in Oregon.
  2. Provide the process of care to diverse populations within enrichment sites under the direction of a Dental Hygiene mentor.
  3. Perform an in depth literature review of current expanded practice roles for a dental hygienist.
  4. Participate in rotations to four dental hygiene expanded practice locations representing care to children, adults , elders, elder care facilities demonstrating dental care outside a general dental clinic.
  5. Develop sample contracts, research and outline marketing ideas, develop record keeping systems.
  6. Research and describe successful marketing strategies for dental practices. Develop contracts with collaborating dentists, or non-dental entities. Describe your role as an independent contractor to an insurance company.
  7. Cultural diversity as it relates to vulnerable populations and dental care delivery utilizing a new workforce model: EPDH
  8. Prepare a Capstone project to include: Development of a Plan for Expanded Practice Clinician.
    • Mentor/s support and shared knowledge
    • Legal Funct ions performed under Oregon Statutes
    • Patient Practice protocols d. Infection Control, Patient Safety
    • Patient Records, security, computers
    • Equipment, supplies for operations
    • Financials: billing, fees, outside servicesneeded
    • Communications, program planning
    • Marketing

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