USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Program Goals and Competencies

The goals and graduate competencies, which provide direction for the program, are:

Goal #1: To prepare dental hygienists to possess the skills and knowledge to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care services for all populations.

Competency 1: The student will demonstrate the ability to integrate foundational knowledge and clinical skills to deliver the highest standard of dental hygiene care to all populations and periodontal types using the dental hygiene process of care.

Goal #2: To prepare dental hygienists who will apply ethical reasoning and professional responsibility in performing patient care services and interactions with faculty, peers and staff.                                                        

Competency 2: The student will provide skilled care using the highest professional knowledge, judgment and ethical reasoning and decision-making following ADHA Code of Ethics and base it on knowledge with respect for all state and federal laws.

Goal #3: To prepare dental hygienists to possess the skills and knowledge to develop, implement and evaluate public oral health programs.

Competency 3: The student will assess, plan, implement and evaluate community based oral health programs in a variety of settings to promote health and disease prevention among diverse population groups.

Goal #4: To prepare dental hygienists who will use scientific research in problem solving and critical decision making for all professional activities.

Competency 4: The student will utilize principles of research methodology in order to evaluate the scientific literature, synthesize the information in a critical and effective manner to apply evidence-based approaches to patient care.

Goal #5: To develop dental hygienists who apply self-assessment skills to facilitate the ability to be life long learners.

Competency 5: The student will demonstrate the ability evaluate and reflect on their professional growth as a strategy for life long learning.