Program Learning Outcomes
The purpose of this program is to prepare dental hygiene students for entry into the dental hygiene profession as a licensed clinician providing preventive, therapeutic, restorative and educational methods for the control of oral disease and promotion of optimal oral health
Students who complete this program will be able to:
PLO 1 - Demonstrate application of principles of ethical reasoning, decision making and professional responsibility in the provision and support of evidence based oral health care services, research, patient care and practice management
PLO 2 - Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and self-evaluation in the provision of comprehensive care, selection of patient management strategies,and professional competence development
PLO 3 - Select and plan educational and clinical services for periodontal diseases using appropriate interpersonal communication, comprehensive data collection, knowledge of periodontal conditions and therapies, and educational strategies
PLO 4 - Access, critically appraise, apply and communicate evidence based practices for all periodontal classifications within diverse patient populations
PLO 5 - Demonstrate interpersonal communication and collaborative skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups, health care providers, dental professionals and community groups
PLO 6 - Demonstrate application of refined instrumentation skills for periodontal, restorative and therapeutic interventions for individuals at all stages of life
PLO 7 - Demonstrate application of behavioral sciences and patient centered approaches to promote, improve and maintain oral health
PLO 8 - Use assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation for the provision of dental hygiene services and disease prevention strategies within diverse, multicultural and special needs populations, and community groups
PLO 9 - Demonstrate use of mathematical and statistical concepts in the application of clinical and preventive dental care strategies
PLO 10 - Use appropriate library and information resources to research professional issues, develop community health program planning and to support lifelong learning
Experiential Learning: Membership in the Student American Dental Hygienist's Association (SADHA) at the state and national level. Professional meetings and continuing education offerings. Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of community health programs. Off-campus experiences with community clinics, school-based screenings, presentations for health fairs, classrooms, inter-professional collaboration and visitations to specialty and general dental offices/clinics.
Dental Hygiene, accredited by The American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting board recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Commission may be contacted at 312-440-4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.