Course descriptions index


Dental Hygiene


DH F111 Dental Anatomy, Embryology and Histology

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Introduction to embryology and histology of the periodontal tissues. Includes discussion of dental accretions and cariology. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission to the dental hygiene program or permission of department. (2+0)


DH F112 Techniques I for Dental Hygienists

7 Credits     Offered Fall

A pre-clinical course introducing the basic dental hygiene procedures including data gathering, patient education and basic instrumentation. Emphasis is placed on skill development in basic instrumentation and infection control. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Admission to the dental hygiene program. (3+8)


DH F114 Anatomy of the Orofacial Structures

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Provides students with knowledge to perform technical skills within the oral cavity, especially those relating to dental screening and record-taking. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of department. (2+0)


DH F121 Periodontics I

2 Credits

Introduction to periodontal disease. Emphasis is placed on recognition of periodontal disease and treatment planning. Prerequisite: Admission to the dental hygiene program. (2+0)


DH F122 Techniques II for Dental Hygienists

4 Credits     Offered Spring

Introduces adjunctive techniques used in dental hygiene treatment. Basic manipulation of dental materials. Emphasis is placed on care of materials and restorations that are encountered intra-orally during dental hygiene treatment. Radiology lab provides opportunity to develop competence in exposing radiographs on patients under direct faculty supervision. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: Admission to the dental hygiene program. (2+4)


DH F165 Introduction to Dental Pharmacology

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Introduction to general concepts of pharmacology, the nature of drug reactions, individual responses to drugs, principles of neuropharmacology, toxicology, anti-infective therapy, effect of drugs on cardiovascular, endocrine and other body systems. Emphasis is place on drugs used in dentistry. Prerequisites: Permission of department. (2+0)


DH F181 Clinical Practicum I

4 Credits     Offered Spring

Provides opportunity for the student to achieve clinical skill competency with individuals presenting themselves as periodontally healthy or with signs of gingivitis. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: Admission to the dental hygiene program. (0+0+12)


DH F182 Clinical Seminar I

1 Credit     Offered Spring

Discussion and evaluation of clinical experiences encountered in DH F181. Emphasis is placed on review of treatment plans and case presentation. Introduces ethical and legal concerns of the dental hygiene profession. Guest speakers, patient management and teamwork are emphasized. Prerequisites: Admission to the dental hygiene program. (1+0)


DH F211 Periodontics II

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Develops familiarity with current non-surgical and surgical techniques in the treatment of periodontal disease. Nutrition and immunology as it relates to periodontal diseases are discussed. Case presentations are made by students. Prerequisites: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better. (2+0)


DH F212 Techniques III for Dental Hygienists

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Advanced dental hygiene instruments and intra-oral techniques. Provides for discussion of patients with special needs. Special fees apply. Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene class with a C grade (2.0) or better. (1+4)


DH F214 Pathology of Oral Tissues

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Includes the signs, symptoms, contagion recognition of selected diseases of the oral cavity and systemic diseases that manifest themselves in the oral cavity. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better; or departmental permission required. (2+0)


DH F224 Principles of Dental Health

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Provides a broad understanding of community dental health and dental epidemiology. Students develop and implement a basic community dental health project. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better. (2+0+3)


DH F283 Clinical Practicum II

5 Credits     Offered Fall

Provides opportunity to achieve clinical skill competency with individuals presenting themselves with mild to moderate periodontal disease. Conducted in a clinical setting with volunteer patients and individualized instruction. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better. (0+0+15)


DH F284 Clinical Seminar II

2 Credits     Offered Fall

Discussion and evaluation of clinical experiences encountered in DH F283. Emphasis is placed on review of treatment plans and case presentations of patients exhibiting early peridontal disease. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better. (2+0)


DH F285 Clinical Practicum III

6 Credits     Offered Spring

Provides opportunity to achieve clinical skill competency with individuals presenting themselves with moderate to advanced peridontal disease. Learning occurs through student practice and individualized instruction. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better. (0+0+18)


DH F286 Clinical Seminar II

1 Credit     Offered Spring

Discussion and evaluation of clinical experiences encountered in DH F285. Emphasis is placed on review of treatment plans and case presentations of patients exhibiting early peridontal disease. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better. (2+0)


DH F310 Oral Pain Control for Dental Hygienists

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Examines pharmacology, armamentarium, anatomical and physiological consideration, administration techniques and potential complication of local anesthetic. Analyzes pharmacology, techniques, medical contraindications and management complications accompanying administration and monitoring of nitrous oxide. Special fees apply. Prerequisite: Completion of all 100-level dental hygiene classes with a C grade (2.0) or better or current Alaska licensure in dental hygiene and departmental permission, current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. (1.5+3)


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