Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.
A grade of “C” or higher is required in BI 195, BI 196, BI 202 and CH 110 to progress in the Dental Hygiene Program
DN 100 Dental Hygiene I 2-0-2
An introduction to the theories and principles of the delivery of dental hygiene care, including evaluation of the patient, professional and clinical services. Emphasis will be placed on current concepts in preventive dentistry.
DN 103 Dental Hygiene II 2-0-2
An introduction to common systemic diseases with emphasis on dental hygiene treatment planning and management of medical and dental emergencies. Topics discussed during seminar include substance abuse, stress, occupational and environmental hazards and special needs patients. (Prerequisite: BI 195 with a minimum grade of "C," DN 100, DN 113 and DN 134)
DN 105 Dental Radiology for Dental Assisting 2-3-3
Lectures and demonstrations are coordinated with laboratory practice on mannequins to develop mastery of dental radiographic techniques to include digital radiography, processing, mounting and evaluating films. Emphasis will be placed on client and operator protection, exposure and processing errors, asepsis protocol, radiographic techniques and equipment function. Two clients will be scheduled near the end of the term when students exhibit acceptable and safe skills.
DN 110 Dental Assisting Science I 3-0-3
A study of the anatomy of the head, emphasizing the osteological landmarks and the structures of the oral cavity. Both the permanent and primary dentitions are studied, including embryonic development and eruption patterns. In addition, an introduction to the structure and function of the human body systems in health and disease will be presented.
DN 111 Dental Assisting Science II 2-0-2
An introductory study of drugs with specific consideration of those used in dentistry. Emphasis on drug origin, properties, dosages and therapeutic effects. Studies in oral pathology will include signs and symptoms of the diseases common to the oral cavity to include neoplastic disease and the inflammatory response. (Prerequisite: DN 110)
DN 113 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 1-8-3
A pre-clinical course for the development and application of information relating to preventive dental hygiene services. Includes topics on asepsis, infection control, gathering and evaluating patient medical and dental histories, legal and ethical considerations, body mechanics, intra and extra oral exams, and instrumentation. Use of adjunct dental hygiene aids is also taught. Skills will be practiced on student partners. A classroom seminar for learning activities and group discussion is included. (Co-requisites: DN 100 and DN 134)
DN 114 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 1-8-3
Clinical Dental Hygiene II is a continuation of Clinical Dental Hygiene I. Students will apply techniques learned in Clinical Dental Hygiene I directly on clinical patients. Emphasis is placed on the introduction of additional dental hygiene instruments, as well as dental health education techniques. A classroom seminar for learning activities and group discussion is included. (Prerequisites: DN 100, DN 113, and DN 134).
DN 126 Nutrition 2-0-2
Essentials of adequate diet, vitamin and nutritional balances/imbalances, emphasizing total body health and dental care are discussed. Emphasis is placed on oral manifestations of nutritional diseases, dietary analysis and counseling for the prevention of cavities and periodontal disease.
DN 134 Oral Anatomy I 2-1-2
A detailed study of the anatomy of the deciduous and permanent dentitions. Also included is tooth eruption and basic dental terminology. This course includes laboratory sessions which are coordinated with lectures to provide practical applications of dental anatomy.
DN 136 Oral Anatomy II 2-0-2
A detailed study of the embryonic development and anatomy of the hard and soft tissues of the face and oral cavity. Study of the anatomical structure of the head and neck with emphasis on the cranial nerves, muscles of mastication and facial expression, temporomandibular joint, vascular and lymphatic systems, tooth development and histology of dental tissues and supporting structures. (Prerequisite: BI 195 with a minimum grade of "C," DN 113 and DN 134)
DN 140 Dental Radiology for Dental Hygiene 2-3-3
Lectures and demonstrations are coordinated with laboratory practice on mannequins to develop mastery of dental radiographic techniques as well as processing, mounting and evaluating films. Other topics include the principles of digital radiography, radiographic interpretation, radiographic landmarks and localization techniques. Emphasis will be placed on patient and operator protection and equipment function. Patients will be scheduled near the end of the term when students exhibit acceptable skills. (Prerequisites: DN 100 and DN 134; corequisites: DN 136 and DN 114)
DN 155 Oral Hygiene Education/Nutrition 2-0-2
Methods of preventive oral hygiene education, including patient motivation, will be discussed. Lectures in nutrition will stress the importance of good eating habits in maintaining optimal general and dental health. Emphasis will be given to the essential role of the dental assistant in counseling the patient in these disciplines. (Prerequisite: DN 110)
DN 162 Dental Materials-DH 2-3-3
An introduction to the composition and properties of dental materials with emphasis on materials currently utilized in dental and dental hygiene treatments. Laboratory sessions are coordinated with lectures to provide practice in manipulation of materials with emphasis on impression taking and preparation of study casts. (Prerequisite: CH 110 with a minimum grade of "C," DN 100, DN 113 and DN 134; or permission of the department head of Allied Dental Education)
DN 175 Dental Assisting Theory I 2-0-2
A course designed to teach the dental assisting student clinical techniques. Includes information on sterilization and disinfection techniques, charting, and the use of dental equipment and instruments. Students are introduced to four-handed chairside assisting as it pertains to all types of dental procedures including oral evacuation, instrument transfer, tray set-ups, and completing dental clinical records. Emphasis is placed on the dental health team concept. Ethics and jurisprudence will also be discussed.
DN 182 Office Procedures and Management with Computer Applications 1-0-1
Development of working knowledge of office procedures to include telephone techniques, appointment scheduling and filing systems. Lectures will include fundamentals of bookkeeping systems, prepaid dental care plans, payroll and inventory control. Information from lecture topics will be integrated into Dental Assisting Theory II with the use of specialized office management software. (Prerequisite: DN 110)
DN 196 Dental Assisting Clinical Experience II 0-15-5
Experience in a dental office performing chair-side assisting, laboratory procedures, office procedures, and exposing, processing and mounting radiographs. (Prerequisites: DN 105, DN 110, DN 161, DN 175 and DN 191)
DN 201 Dental Hygiene III 2-1-2
Lectures in periodontology with emphasis on the hygienist's role in detection and treatment of periodontal disease. Techniques of patient evaluation, instrumentation and prevention are taught in lecture and implemented in the laboratory/clinic situation. (Prerequisites: DN 103, DN 114, DN 136, and DN 140)
DN 212 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 1-12-4
Practical application of dental hygiene theories and techniques with emphasis on individual patient's oral health needs and the further development of oral prophylactic and radiographic techniques, including the preparation of diagnostic aids and patient education. Students will gain experience through work in their on-campus clinical assignments. (Prerequisites: DN 114 and DN 201)
DN 221 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 1-12-4
Practical application of dental hygiene theories and techniques with emphasis on individual patient's oral health needs and the further development of oral prophylactic and radiographic techniques, including the preparation of diagnostic aids and patient education. Students will gain experience through work in their on-campus clinical assignments. (Prerequisite: DN 212)
DN 225 Dental Hygiene Community Clinic 0-4-1
Practical application of dental hygiene theories and techniques with emphasis on the oral health needs of special patient populations. Students will gain experience in a variety of educational and public health settings. (Prerequisites: DN 114 and DN 201)
DN 239 Medical Emergencies for the Dental Assistant 2-0-2
Identification of signs, symptoms and action recommended in emergencies encountered in the dental office. Students will actively participate in role playing each emergency situation. (Prerequisite: DN 110)
DN 242 Community Dental Health I 2-0-2
Students will gain information in dental public health. Emphasis is on planning, education, healthcare promotion, epidemiology, evidenced-based research, basic biostatistics, cultural competence, and healthcare financing. (Prerequisite: DN 201)
DN 243 Community Dental Health II 1-0-1
Students will implement the theory base from DN 242 into the spring semester with practical applications of the DN 242 course content. The course will entail completion of various projects and assignments with a community emphasis. (Prerequisites: DN 201, DN 212 and DN 242)
DN 245 Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist 1-3-2
This course will provide a comprehensive program of study designed to provide dental hygiene students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively administer block and infiltration anesthesia, as well as nitrous oxide sedation. The course will include classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Participants will work in groups of two or three and administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia on each other. Upon successful completion of this course, and upon graduation, participants will have completed the educational requirements for local anesthesia and nitrous oxide licensure in New Hampshire. (Prerequisites: DN 100, DN 113, DN 103, DN 134, DN 136, DN 140, and DN 114)
DN 247 Dental Hygiene Science - Pharmacology 2-0-2
Pharmacology emphasizes the study of drug origins, properties, dosages, and therapeutic effects. Specific consideration is given to those drugs used in dentistry and anesthesiology. (Prerequisites: BI 195, BI 196 and BI 202 with minimum grades of "C" and DN 136)
DN 248 Dental Hygiene Science - Oral Pathology 2-0-2
Oral pathology includes the study of diseases affecting the oral cavity, manifestations of inflammation, degenerative changes, neoplastic disease, and anomalies. Oral pathology prepares the student to detect deviations from normal in the assessment of a client's systemic and oral health status and to make appropriate decisions regarding referral and treatment when needed. (Prerequisites: BI 195, BI 196 and BI 202 with minimum grades of "C" and DN 136)
DN 275 Dental Assisting Theory II 1-2-2
A course designed to introduce the dental advanced functions to dental assisting students. Includes instruction in basic instrumentation concepts, removal of coronal cement, application of pit and fissure sealants and suture removal, as well as expanded orthodontic functions and other advanced duties which are delegated to the dental assistant. Pre-clinical skills will be introduced on mannequins and competency skills on patients. Advanced dentrix computer applications will also be included. (Prerequisites: DN 105, DN 110, DN 161, DN 175 and DN 191)
DN 298 Dental Assisting Clinical Experience III 2-8-4 (6 weeks)
Expanded opportunities in chair-side assisting to encompass all dental specialties including orthodontics, surgery, endodontics, pedodontics and prosthodontics. A weekly seminar is held to evaluate the individual clinical experiences. (Prerequisite: DN 196)