Established in 1959, the Department of Dental Hygiene, the Bachelor of Science degree undergraduate curriculum of the School of Dentistry, is largely focused on preventive oral health services and continuing care. Dental science courses, preclinical lectures and seminars, laboratory exercises, and clinical assignments have been developed to provide training in the variety of procedures delegated to the dental hygienist within the dental practice setting. These experiences are sequenced in an organized manner that provides for continual growth and competency in performance of all traditional and expanded function procedures.
The purpose of the program is to develop professionals prepared for the current practice of dental hygiene, as well as graduates who are additionally prepared to deal with future changes in dentistry. Courses that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving techniques and that enhance the ability to evaluate the latest in research are important adjuncts to clinical training. Upon completion of this curriculum, graduates will be prepared to enter a variety of career options available to dental hygienists.
Dental Hygiene Program curricula are approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The program is also approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
A profession in the health arts and sciences calls increasingly for persons of intelligence, integrity, responsibility, and depth of human understanding. Therefore, the program of instruction is built upon a strong liberal arts foundation. The student is encouraged to take electives that contribute to breadth of knowledge and quality of values. The choice of electives in early college work is important for many reasons.
The School of Dentistry is interested in applicants with the potential to become hygienists who are well-read and caring persons prepared to communicate effectively in professional and community relationships. They should be able to draw upon knowledge of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease, applying resources based on Christian ideals and values to aid in the solution of personal problems. They should also be able to develop attitudes and skills that will most effectively serve society.
The goal of the Dental Hygiene Program is to educate competent, concerned, and active members of the dental hygiene profession who possess the ability to effectively perform the expanding scope of practice of the dental hygienist.
Loma Linda University emphasizes Christian values and beliefs as well as the concept of whole-person care. Opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship among faculty and students are interwoven into daily academic pursuits, clinical practice, and social interactions.
The advancement of dental hygiene depends on an ever-growing body of knowledge. Therefore, this program also places great importance on providing an atmosphere in which students can develop skills necessary to objectively assess new theories and trends in dentistry in light of scientific knowledge and principles. By combining Christian values with an appreciation for research and the scientific method, graduates will continually apply evidence-based principles to patient care and exhibit God’s love in the quality of service they render.
The Dental Hygiene Program is an undergraduate program in the School of Dentistry. A student must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and must meet college entrance requirements. Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is in the junior year after successful completion of the required prerequisite courses in an institutionally accredited college or university.
The application is available at http://www.adea.org/. An LLU supplemental application is also required. The application deadline for the Bachelors program is April 1 and June 1 for the Dental Hygiene to DDS Bridge pathway.
Dental hygiene students are discouraged from working, however, may accept part-time employment during the school year after receiving approval from the department chair and the associate dean for academic affairs. Permission to work is granted on the basis of grades, class load, and health. Work hours may not interfere with course, laboratory, or clinic assignments.
Dental hygiene students must obtain required textbooks, computers, supplies, instruments, and uniforms. The official instruments issued must be purchased from the School of Dentistry during registration. Unauthorized or incomplete equipment is not acceptable. Advance consent must be obtained for any exception. The student must purchase the professional apparel (uniforms, protective eyewear, and shoes) specified by the School of Dentistry.
To practice, the dental hygienist must pass clinical licensing examinations given by state and/or regional dental examining boards. Examinations are given several times each year. Credentials from the National Board of Dental Examiners are accepted in lieu of the written portion of a state examination in some states. Some states have additional computer-based written examinations. Further information can be obtained from each state licensing board or regional clinical examination website.
Dental Hygiene — B.S.
Shelley L. Hayton
Shelly A. Withers
Joni A. Stephens
DNHY 303. Dental Materials and Techniques. 2 Units.
Materials and equipment used in dentistry. Practice in the manipulation and use of common materials. Includes a laboratory component.
DNHY 305. Oral Anatomy Lecture. 2 Units.
Anatomy of the teeth and surrounding tissues.
DNHY 305L. Oral Anatomy Laboratory. 1 Unit.
Laboratory for DNHY 305, Oral Anatomy Lecture.
DNHY 309. Radiology I. 3 Units.
Principles governing radiation production and safety relative to radiographic anatomy/dental materials. Fundamentals of intraoral and extraoral techniques, darkroom procedures, and mounting of radiographs. Practical application of techniques. Basic fundamentals of quality assurance.
DNHY 310. Radiology II. 3 Units.
Continues laboratory techniques. Intraoral and extraoral radiographic interpretation—including anatomy, pathology, and interpretation of the disease process of the oral hard tissues. Basic fundamentals of radiographic selection criteria. Includes laboratory component.
DNHY 321. Preclinical Dental Hygiene I Lecture. 2 Units.
Preclinical phases of dental hygiene, including instrumentation techniques, patient management, intra- and extraoral soft-tissue assessment, charting procedures, disease processes, patient-health assessment, basic operatory preparation, clinical asepsis, and oral health-care techniques.
DNHY 321L. Preclinical Dental Hygiene I Laboratory. 2 Units.
Laboratory course for DNHY 321, Preclinical Dental Hygiene I.
DNHY 322. Preclinical Dental Hygiene II Lecture. 2 Units.
DNHY 322L. Preclinical Dental Hygiene II Laboratory. 2 Units.
DNHY 323. Preclinical Dental Hygiene III. 2 Units.
DNHY 323L. Preclinical Laboratory. 1 Unit.
DNHY 328. Dental Hygiene Portfolio Practicum. 1 Unit.
Student develops a capstone project to show evidence of personal growth and success in the dental hygiene core competencies.
DNHY 375. Dental Hygiene Clinic. 1 Unit.
Clinical application of skills and techniques of dental hygiene. Prophylaxes on pediatric and adult patients.
DNHY 380. Medically Compromised Patients. 2 Units.
Lectures dealing with the medically compromised patient relative to the use of local anesthetics, drug interactions, need for antibiotic premedication, and necessary modification in treatment planning. Repeated registrations required to fulfill total units.
DNHY 381. Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist I. 2 Units.
Introduces the basic principles of pharmacology. Emphasizes the use, actions, and clinical implications/contraindications to medications used by dental patients.
DNHY 382. Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist II. 2 Units.
Continues DNHY 381. Emphasizes application through the use of case studies.
DNHY 390. Introductory Statistics. 2 Units.
Fundamentals of statistical analysis and critique of research data in scientific literature and in student research projects. Inferential and descriptive statistics, frequency distribution, histograms, bar graphs, and statistical tests. Computer applications in preparing and analyzing research data. Domain II.
DNHY 405. Introduction to Periodontics. 2 Units.
Reviews gross and microscopic anatomy of the periodontium in health and disease. Primary etiology of periodontal disease. Examines patient's clinical periodontal status. Introduces the diagnostic and treatment-planning process.
DNHY 406. Orthodontics Concepts for Dental Hygiene. 1 Unit.
Applies basic skeletal and dental growth, and development to orthodontics. Includes treatment modalities and procedures required for successful practice of orthodontics.
DNHY 408. Professional Ethics. 2 Units.
Develops understanding of hygienist's obligations to the public and to their professional association. Defines the ethical and mature conduct expected of professional health-care providers. Compares and contrasts professional ethics and personal morality as they relate to dental hygiene practice.
DNHY 409. Jurisprudence and Practice Management. 2 Units.
Laws and regulations that govern the practice of dental hygiene, with special emphasis on California regulations. Standards of government regulations. Obligations of the hygienist to the public and to their profession.
DNHY 411. Dental Hygiene Topics I. 2 Units.
Student develops advanced hygiene-care planning skills, with emphasis on knowledge synthesis. Topics cover aspects of patient care, including whole-patient care and patients with special needs.
DNHY 413. Dental Hygiene Topics III. 2 Units.
Topics related to employment for dental hygienists. Additional topics include various opportunities in the dental hygiene profession and educational advancement strategies.
DNHY 414. Personal Finance. 2 Units.
Personal finance topics, including credit, taxes, insurance, real estate, budgeting, housing, and inflation.
DNHY 415. Applied Nutrition. 2 Units.
Basic concepts of nutrition. Balance, adequacy, nutrient density, dietary choice, weight management, nutrition, and oral health. Addresses nutritional needs of children and the aged, and medically and dentally compromised patients. Dietary assessment and counseling.
DNHY 416. Dental Health Education I. 2 Units.
Current theories and principles of psychology as they relate to learning and teaching, personality development and change, and interpersonal processes and dynamics.
DNHY 417. Dental Health Education II. 2 Units.
Principles and practices involved in teaching dental public health. Fieldwork in local schools and community. Methods and practice of professional presentation.
DNHY 421. Research I. 2 Units.
Introduces research methodology. Evaluates literature, emphasizing statistics adequate for interpretation of the literature. Student reviews literature and designs a research proposal in preparation for professional presentation of a table clinic or informational project. Inprogress (IP) given until completion of all units for this course.
DNHY 422. Research II. 2 Units.
Review and emphasis of research methodology. Develops literature review, emphasizing statistics adequate for interpretation of the literature. Student continues to develop a research proposal in preparation for professional presentation of a table clinic or informational project. Student conducts research experiment or project culminating in presentation of the results at a professional meeting. In progress (IP) given until completion of all units for this course.
DNHY 431. Public Health Dentistry. 3 Units.
Philosophy, principles, language, and objectives of public health and public health dentistry. Critical review of the literature.
DNHY 435. Special Topics in Periodontal Therapy. 2 Units.
Studies advanced periodontal topics and special problems related to periodontal therapy.
DNHY 450. Junior Clinical Seminar. 1 Unit.
A two-quarter course that introduces topics and issues directly and indirectly related to the comprehensive practice of dental hygiene.
DNHY 451. Clinical Seminar I. 1 Unit.
Topics and issues related to clinical competency and development of critical-thinking skills through the use of patient-care examples and class discussion.
DNHY 452. Clinical Seminar II. 2 Units.
Topics and issues related to clinical competency and preparation for the clinical board examination. Student development of advanced patient-care plans.
DNHY 453. Clinical Seminar III. 1 Unit.
Topics and issues related to clinical competency. Presentation of advanced patient-care plans.
Prerequisite or concurrent: DNHY 452.
DNHY 475. Dental Hygiene Clinic I. 4 Units.
Integrates all components of oral health care into the clinical treatment of patients.
DNHY 476. Dental Hygiene Clinic II. 4 Units.
Integrates all components of oral health care into the clinical treatment of patients.
Prerequisite or concurrent: DNHY 475.
DNHY 477. Dental Hygiene Clinic III. 4 Units.
DNHY 495. Dental Hygiene National Board Preparation. 1,2 Unit.
Lecture and case-based reviews of the entire dental hygiene curriculum, including, but not limited to: prerequisite basic sciences; preclinical, laboratory, and clinical sciences; and behavioral sciences. Reviews in preparation for the dental hygiene national board examination directly related to concurrent test-taking skill workshops based on standardized testing evidence for success.
DNHY 497. Advanced Shadowing Experience. 12 Units.
An elective course open to students seeking shadowing experience in dental hygiene. Credits do not count toward an academic degree.