Program Goals and Competencies
Graduates of the dental hygiene program will be able to:
- Apply professional values and ethics in all endeavors
- Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into the dental hygiene profession.
- Effectively utilize problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Program competencies, which connect with a program goal, describe the knowledge, skills, and values expected of the graduates.
Graduates of the dental hygiene program will be able to apply professional values and ethics in all endeavors.
|1.1||Integrate the ADHA code of ethics in all interactions.|
|1.2||Demonstrate professional behavior in all interactions.|
|1.3||Demonstrate interpersonal skills to effectively communicate and collaborate with professionals and patients across socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.|
|1.4||Adhere to local, state, and federal laws, recommendations, and regulations in the provision of dental hygiene care.|
|1.5||Promote an equitable patient care and practice environment by demonstrating inclusion of diverse beliefs and values.|
|1.6||Apply quality assurance and risk management practices based on accepted standards of care.|
|1.7||Commit to lifelong learning for professional and career opportunities in a variety of roles and settings.|
|1.8||Demonstrate self-awareness through reflective assessment for continued improvement.|
Graduates of the dental hygiene program will be able to demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into the dental hygiene profession.
|Systematically collect and analyze data on the general, medical, dental, psychological, and social health status of patients.|
|Utilize critical-thinking skills to formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis based on all available data that relates to and is harmonious with the diagnosis of the dentist and other health professionals.|
|Use the patient’s assessment and dental hygiene diagnosis to establish an optimal and realistic, person-centered dental hygiene care plan through mutual communication with the patient and other health professionals.|
|Provide comprehensive and individualized care that includes educational, preventive, and therapeutic services designed to assist the patient in achieving and maintaining oral health.|
|Evaluate the effectiveness of completed services and modify care plans as needed.|
|Provide health education and oral self-care to diverse populations.|
|Create and maintain comprehensive and accurate records.|
|Promote oral health and the prevention of oral disease through organized community-based activities.|
Graduates of the dental hygiene program will be able to effectively utilize problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
|3.1||Acquire and analyze information in a scientific manner.|
|3.2||Integrate accepted scientific theories and research into educational, preventive, and therapeutic oral health services.|
|3.3||Use evidence-based decision-making to evaluate and implement health care strategies aligned with emerging trends to achieve high-quality, cost-effective, and humanistic care.|