Dental Hygiene 4

Course Details

Course Number: DNHY 4032  Section Number: 01

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 109

Days & Times:

Thursday 10:00 -11:50 AM  & Clinics as Scheduled

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Barbara J DeBois RDH, MS   
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Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

1.   Discuss air powered polishing in regards to rationale for use, contraindications, techniques of  use, and types of units available.

2.   Discuss Piezo ultrasonic scaling in regards to rationale for use, contraindications, techniques   of use, and types of units available.

3.   Discuss Nitrous Oxide & Oxygen conscious sedation in regards to indications, contraindications, and techniques for administration.  Demonstrate set up and administration.

4.   Discuss the role of the dental hygienist in treating hospitalized/bedridden patients.

5.   Discuss various physical disabilities and the indications and/or contraindications for dental and dental hygiene treatment.

6.   Develop and construct his/her personal resume. 

7.   Identify key elements for successful job interviewing. 

8.   Conduct a successful job search.

9.   Complete various samples of dental insurance forms.

10.  Discuss legal and ethical issues facing dental professionals today.

11.  Analyze various case studies to determine what ethical, moral, and legal issues might exist; and to determine how to deal with the issues.

12.   Learning objectives related to specific topics are given for each class session.

Course Expectations



TWO EXAMS will be given for this course.  Any student missing an exam due to illness will be allowed to
take it on the first day he/she returns to school. 

Each student will be required to construct his/her personal resume and submit (laser printed on resume
paper) by the date noted on the class schedule.

Professional Development Portfolio (PDP):
A maximum of 120 points can be earned for the PDP via the following documentation.

  • Assigned Extra-Mural Clinical Enrichment Rotations:                                                                                                   Each student will be required to submit a write-up, the content of which covers the objectives set up for
    each of the assigned extra-mural rotations. The points earned will be based on the established criteria.
    (See Clinical Enrichment Experiences Syllabus for the specific rotation).  Students can earn a maximum
    total of 60 points for the fall and spring assigned rotations. Additional points must be earned via
    documented attendance at extracurricular professionally related activities. See Below. 
  • Extra-Mural Professional Activities:                                                                                                                          Each student will be expected to attend extracurricular professionally related activities during the spring
    2011 semester. Requirements and point values for qualifying activities/events are specified in the Clinical
    Enrichment Experiences Syllabi. Department scheduled activities that can be included for points in the
    PDP are noted in the schedule for DH 4 and the Combined Schedule for spring 2011. Attendance and
    write-up for additional events will earn points per the criteria specified in the Professional Development
    Portfolio Clinical Enrichment Experiences Syllabi.

Grading Standards


 The grade for DH4 will be based on the following

30% Exams                                                                                                                                                         

30% Resume   

40% Professional Development Portfolio


Den Hygiene Grading Scale (as published)
92 - 100 = A                                                                                                                      83 -   91 = B 
75 -   82 = C 
65 -   74 = D       D = Failure in D.HY)






Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Attendance is critical.  Reviewing notes and the reading assignments without active participation in the course clinical and didactic activities will not permit the student to adequately meet course objectives.  Therefore,MORE THAN 2 ABSENCES FOR ANY REASON WILL RESULT IN FINAL COURSE GRADE BEING LOWERED ONE FULL LETTER GRADE. In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made.Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of 1 absence. You will be considered tardy if you enter class after the lecture has begun.

Other Policies



 Plagiarism:   By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a Alimited right@in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The Alimited right@shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student=s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes

 The American With Disabilities Act:Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility,and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515.

It is the student=s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required.

 Cell Phones: The use of cell phones during lecture classes will not be tolerated, FOR ANY REASON. If you utilize your cell phone without prior permission, the phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the scheduled day.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.