Monday and Wednesday 8:00-12:00
Clinical Practice I is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply didactic information from Dental
Hygiene I (DNHY 3014), as well as clinical Practice I, to the clinical setting. Basic skills, patient positioning, intraoral finger rests and basic instrumentation are introduced and then practiced throughout the course. Instrumentation techniques are introduced via instructor demonstration and audiovisual aids, followed by student practice on typodonts in the lab setting. The student then moves to clinical manikins, followed by practice on screened patients (fellow classmates). Infection control protocol is demonstrated and then the student follows this protocol each time he or she works on a classmate in the clinic. Clinical Practice I provides the student with the opportunity to begin to develop data collection skills (assessment of medical/dental histories, extra/intraoral examinations and dental/periodontal charting) through practice on fellow classmates in the clinical setting. Instrument sharpening techniques are introduced early in the lab and students are responsible for maintaining sharp instruments at all clinical and lab sessions. Clinical Practice I and Dental Hygiene I are integrated courses to permit the maximum learning experiences for the students. One integrated schedule will be utilized for both courses.
1. Explorers are the hygienist’s eyes below the gingival margin; a light touch is critical for tactile sensitivity.
2. Instrumentation is an art requiring understanding of the functions and capabilities of instruments, as well as
correct instrumentation techniques.
3. Sharp instruments are absolutely critical to the success of instrumentation and patient comfort.
4. Patient records must be up-to-date and accurate.
5. Every patient is an individual and treatment must be based on the needs of the individual.
6. Every patient is considered infectious, therefore following infection control protocol at all times in the clinical
setting is critical.
7. Treatment should be based on evidence based research.
Given the integration of didactic and clinical experiences, upon completion of this course (as integrated with Clinical Practice I), the students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate proper infection control protocol during patient care, set-up and break-down of clinic operatories
and instrument preparation for sterilization.
2. Demonstrate and consistently utilize correct positioning while working on selected patients in the clinical
3. Identify and correctly sharpen dull dental hygiene instruments.
4. Demonstrate correct instrumentation technique when using the dental mirror, explorer and periodontal probe, as well as sickles, universal and Gracey curettes.
5. Perform extra and intraoral examinations, correctly documenting findings for this level of their education.
6. Complete dental charting and periodontal assessment with adequate documentation for this level of their
7. Identify possible contraindications to dental/dental hygiene treatment based on patients’ medical histories.
8. Correctly take and record vital signs: blood pressure and pulse.
9. Explain the rationale for antibiotic premedication and/or consultation with a patient’s physician prior to tissue
10. Review medical histories identifying areas requiring further information from the patient and then questioning
and documenting additional information.
Four clinical competency evaluations will be given for this course. Clinical evaluations will be scheduled during regular clinic sessions.
Evaluation # 1 Sickles & Universal Curettes 25%
Evaluation # 2 Graceys 25%
Evaluation # 3 Exploring & Probing 25%
Final Eval ALL Instruments 25%
All didactic information presented during clinical sessions will be incorporated into Dental Hygiene I examinations.
DENTAL HYGIENE DEPARTMENT GRADING SCALE:
92 - 100 = A
83 - 91 = B
75 - 82 = C
65 - 74 = D – Constitutes Failure of course in Dent. Hygiene
– A student failing a dental hygiene course CAN NOT advance into the next semester in the
Dental Hygiene curriculum
– Rationale for this grading scale is found in the Dental Hygiene Handbook
COMPETENCY EVALUATION PROTOCOL:
* If a student is unsuccessful in demonstrating the specified competency on the FIRST ATTEMPT the
following will apply:
1. Remediation Session - Student must remediate one-on-one with an instructor outside of regularly
scheduled Clinical Practice I sessions. (Friday morning remediation sessions - on a typodont)
2. 1st Re-Eval - Student will be re-evaluated on the designated competency outside of regularly scheduled
Clinical Practice I sessions.
3. Grading - both grades (Original & Re-Eval) will figure into the final course grade.
* If a student is unsuccessful in demonstrating the specified competency on the 1st RE-EVAL (2nd
attempt) the following will apply:
1. 2nd Remediation Session - Student must remediate one-on-one with an instructor outside of regularly
2. 2nd Re-Eval - Student will be re-evaluated on the designated competency outside of regularly scheduled
3. Grading - All three grades (Original, 1st Re-Eval, and 2nd Re-Eval) will figure into the final course
3rd FAILURE OF COMPETENCY EVALUATION
* If a student has not demonstrated competency after the 2nd Re-Eval he/she will be given a grade of "D"
(Failure in Dental Hygiene), dropped from Clinical Practice I and not be permitted to advance into
the next semester of the program. In this situation the following will apply:
- A student who successfully completes C or better) ALL 1st semester didactic courses may return
in Fall of the following year to retake Clinical Practice I. The Student MUST audit ALL 1st
semester didactic courses running concurrently with Clinical Practice I.
- Readmission of the student is dependant upon the approval of the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee.
* A student who DOES NOT successfully complete ALL 1st semester didactic courses must reapply to the
Program and if accepted must retake all 1st semester clinical and didactic courses.
* The Dental Hygiene Department reserves the right to make arrangements on an individual basis for students failing to maintain a passing grade in any course. Whatever arrangements made will be based upon an examination of the individual student’s overall dental hygiene scholastic record. This will be decided by the Department Chair and at least two other Dental Hygiene faculty members. Readmission is not automatic.
The Dental Hygiene Faculty feel very strongly that maximum participation in all clinical and laboratory exercises is critical to the development of clinical competencies. Therefore, more than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of five (5) points from the final course grade for each absence over two (2).
ANYONE MISSING MORE THAN FOUR (4) CLINICAL SESSIONS FOR ANY REASON WILL BE DROPPED FROM CLINICAL PRACTICE I. YOU CAN NOT MATRICULATE INTO THE SPRING SEMESTER WITHOUT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING CLINICAL PRACTICE I.
Dental Hygiene Honor System:
All Dental Hygiene courses adhere to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Many components of DNHY 3014 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism.
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
MSU COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee
All Midwestern State University (MSU) students may legitimately appeal a course grade if: 1) the student has not been evaluated according to the same criteria as his or her classmates, or 2) an error has been made in grading and/or posting (MSU Student Handbook, p. 37). In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility to enforce standards of conduct for students as outlined in the MSU Student Handbook (p. 70-80).
When enrolled in the college of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS), students are often assigned to community agencies, such as health care facilities, social service agencies, or athletic environments, as part of their academic process. During these experiences, the student is expected to behave in a manner required of professionals working in this environment. COHSHS students may also be required to successfully complete a licensing/certification process following graduation. As a result, students in these programs are often held to a different academic and/or behavioral standard than students in other MSU programs. For example, students may no be allowed to progress in a program if they have been unsuccessful (D or F) in a certain number of courses in the major. In these circumstances, COHSHS faculty and administration, all of whom have had similar professional experience, may make decisions which negatively impact students" programmatic progress.
COHSHS students have a right to a review of decisions made by the program faculty, which prevent individuals from progressing in their program in a timely manner. However, those who participate in the review must understand the context of the professions involved. Therefore, issues concerning the professional conduct of students in the COHSHS will NOT be brought to the University Grade Committee, but to the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee. Specifically, the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee will review faculty decisions related to:
• Student conduct in a clinical experience, internship, or other work-related environment that negatively
impact the student’s academic progress. This conduct may include behavior which is prohibited by
licensing and/or professional standards or departmental policy.
• Student removal from a program because of a) professional conduct issues, or b) failure to maintain
academic standards required specifically by the program
* SEE COHSHS WEB SITE FOR A COMPLETE COPY OF THIS POLICY
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) 397-4 618 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.