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Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Program

The Ostrow School’s Dental Hygiene curriculum prepares graduates to assume the many roles the profession offers: clinician, educator, public health program planner, advocate, and researcher. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene program also are well prepared to pursue a variety of master’s degrees, including public health, gerontology, and craniofacial biology. In addition, the Ostrow School offers an innovative Dental Hygiene/Dentistry Pathway, which provides students the opportunity to enroll in a selective bachelor’s degree program while on a pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

The sample Dental Hygiene curriculum outlined below is subject to modification, but provides an overview of a typical progression through the program. The Ostrow School’s Curriculum Committee continuously reviews and enhances the curriculum to ensure students graduate with the competencies essential to their role as health care providers.

Trimester 1 (Fall)

Course Credits
DHYG 311a Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene 3
DHYG 314L Dental Morphology Laboratory 1
DHYG 316 Patient Education in Preventive Dental Care 1
DBIO 310 Oral Biochemistry 2
DHIS 310 Basic Tissues & Histology & Embryology 2
DIAG 521 Principles of Oral Radiology 2
OCCL 310 Fundamentals of Dental Morphology 1
PERIO 310ab Introduction to Periodontal Diseases 1
ANAT 521 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
OMOD 506 Infection Control 1
General Education 4
TOTAL CREDITS 20

Trimester 2 (Spring)

Course Credits
AMED 524 Pain & Anxiety Control 2
DHYG 311b Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHYG 320 Preventive Dental Therapy 2
DIAG 415 Radiographic Techniques 1
MBIO 310 Microbiology & Immunology 2
PERI 310b Intro to Periodontal Disease 2 1
PTHL 312ab Medicine and Pathology a,b 1/3
Writing Course 4
TOTAL CREDITS 19

Trimester 3 (Summer)

Course Credits
AMED 502 Emergency Medicine 2
DHYG 319 Dental Specialties 2
DHYG 401 Intro to Advanced Dental Hygiene 2
DHYG 410a Clinic: Dental Hygiene 3
DHYG 424a Research Methods 1IP
DMAT 316L Dental Materials 2
HBHV 310 Interactional Skills in Dental Hygiene 1
PERI 415 Basic Periodontal Therapy 1
PTHL 312L Medicine and Pathology 2
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Trimester 4 (Fall)

Course Credits
DHYG 410b Clinic: Dental Hygiene 6
DHYG 414a Advanced Dental Hygiene 2
DHYG 412 Preventive Dental Care Programs 1
DHYG 516a Community Dental Health 2
DHYG 424b Research Methods 1
PEDO 310 Dentistry for Children 1
PERI 504 Advanced Periodontology 1
DPHR 410 Principles of Pharmacology 2
General Education 4
TOTAL CREDITS 20

Trimester 5 (Spring)

Course Credits
DHYG 414b Clinic: Dental Hygiene 6
DHYG 410c Advanced Dental Hygiene 2
DHYG 516b Community Dental Health 2
DHYG 422 Essentials of D.H. Practice 1
GSPD 504 Geriatric and Special Patients 2
TOTAL CREDITS 13