Dental Hygiene ProfessionDH 100
Provides overview of the Dental Hygiene Profession including the history and organizational structure of the American Dental Hygiene Association, and the ethical/legal aspects of the profession. Required dental office observation required. (15-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Gain an understanding of being a licensed professional and member of the dental health team.
- Define terms related to the Dental Hygiene profession and treatment.
- Discuss the role of a dental hygienist in dental hygiene care.
- List and explain the 3 types of service in planning dental hygiene care.
- Explain how the three main factors influence Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice.
- List the main goal of a dental hygienist with respect to patients.
- List a number of objectives related to clinical practice with respect to patients.
Gain an understanding and appreciation of the history and growth of the Dental Hygiene profession.
- Identify the different stages of beliefs, problems, and treatments that appeared through the history of dentistry.
- List important historical dental profession dates.
- Identify the important articles and authors who began writing about prevention and dental hygiene.
- List the persons involved with the formation of the idea of a "dental hygienist" and their idea of what a hygienist should be.
- Identify the "Father of Dental Hygiene".
- List the "Father of " given throughout history.
- Relate the education that the first dental hygiene class experienced to the current DH programs.
- Explain the development of licensing through history.
- List the persons and explain their suggestions or actions in licensing a dental hygienist.
- Define the methods currently used to evaluate a candidate for licensure to practice dental hygiene.
- List who grants licensure.
Understand the structure and importance of being an active member of the A.D.H.A.
- List the persons involved in the formation of the first constituent and the national organization.
- Explain the purpose and goals of ADHA, including the main objective of A.D.H.A.
- Define what a component, constituent, and district societies/association encompass.
- Explain the purpose of the Board of Trustees and of the House of Delegates on the national level. List how the members are selected for each.
- Explain the organization of the national level including foundation, councils and committees.
- List examples of the officers of association; note whether they are elected or appointed.
- List and state the criteria for the different types of memberships in A.D.H.A.
- Explain what benefits you can derive from A.D.H.A. and discuss the importance and responsibility of being an active member.
Incorporate and utilize ethical decision making into their choices of behavior.
- Define ethics and ethical reasoning.
- Describe three major ethical theories.
- Explain the seven core values governing professional behavior.
- Describe the three parameters we consider when making a decision.
- Explain the current ADHA Code of Ethics.
- List and explain the responsibilities a Dental Hygienist is accountable for to promote her/his professionalism.
Understand and support the professional duties and legal responsibilities of the dental health team.
- Define legal terms that regulate the dental profession.
- Describe the two types of torts.
- Explain the general duties of the doctor to the patient.
- Explain the general duties of the patient to the doctor.
- List and explain two essentials elements to prove good dental practice.
- State the purpose of a hygienist carrying liability insurance.
- Differentiate between assignment, general, indirect and direct supervision.
- List and explain methods of defense against malpractice.
- Define terms related tor professional negligence.
- Distinguish between criminal law, administrative and civil law.
- Contrast between a DA, RDA, RDH certified as an RDA, and RDH, and their respective functions according to the State of Michigan Board of Dentistry.
- Define the purpose of continuing education; compare voluntary and mandatory continuing education as criteria for license renewal or membership in professional associations.
- Define Federal and State Dental Laws
- Define HIPAA and what it regulates
- Identify parameters of the Patient Bill of Rights
- List protective laws for Employers and Employees.