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Dental Hygiene

Description

Taft College’s Dental Hygiene Program has sought to inspire and teach dental care that is comprehensive in its technical excellence and in its orientation to awareness of the total health needs of the individual patient. Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases to protect the oral cavity and also to protect the patients’ total health. They are graduates of accredited dental hygiene education programs in colleges and universities, and must pass a written national board examination and a clinical examination to obtain state licensure. The Taft College Dental Hygiene Program gives students the knowledge, experience, and educational requirements necessary to take the state and national board examinations. As the worlds’ understanding of preventive and restorative oral health care grows, so does the need for dental care givers and support staff. Taft College graduates are in demand.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completing of the dental hygiene program, a graduate will be competent in:

  1. Providing dental hygiene care for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patient.
  2. Providing the dental hygiene process of care to include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation
  3. Providing dental hygiene care for all types of classifications of periodontal disease to include moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  4. Providing dental hygiene care for all types of classifications of periodontal disease to include moderate to severe periodontal disease.
  5. Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating community-based oral health programs including health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  6. Providing appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental hygiene practice.
  7. Applying ethical, legal and regulatory concepts in the provision and/or support of oral health care services.
  8. Application of self-assessment skills to prepare them for life-long learning.
  9. The evaluation of current scientific literature.
  10. Problem solving strategies related to comprehensive patient care and management of patients.