Chair and Professor: Hodges
Professors: Bowen, Herzog, Paarman
Associate Professors: Boyd, Christie, Calley, Rogo
Assistant Professors: Freudenthal, Hauser
Clinical Associate Professors: Biorn, T. Johnson, Long
Clinical Assistant Professors: Ellis, Zollinger
Adjunct Faculty: Agado, E. Bringhurst, L. Bringhurst, Bybee, Eisenhauer, Evans, Godfrey, Gregson, Peterson, Rahmig, Reddish, Ruth, Sheppard, Spain, Williams
Affiliate Faculty: R. Johnson, Luedtke, Parrish, Salisbury
Assistant Professor Emerita: Kawamura
As licensed professional oral health clinicians and educators, dental hygienists practice as members of the dental team, using knowledge of biomedical, dental, clinical and social sciences to assist individuals and groups in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. The hygienist provides preventive services, preliminary examinations, radiographs, sealants, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, fluoride treatments, and patient education. Depending upon individual state laws, the role of the hygienist has broadened to include procedures that are beyond this traditional scope of responsibility such as the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia, and/or certain restorative procedures. As a specialist, the dental hygienist is an integral co-therapist in helping consumers prevent oral disease, arrest existing periodontal (gum) disease, and maintain oral health.
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Philosophy, Mission and GoalsThe fundamental philosophy of the Idaho State University Department of Dental Hygiene is threefold. First, its members are committed to excellence in all academic endeavors. Second, the program is progressive in instituting ongoing change to prepare for the future of dental hygiene. The program also places priority on basing these changes on evaluation findings while maintaining essential traditional values. Third, as a component of the university’s primary emphasis area, the program serves statewide and regional needs by providing access to quality education in the discipline as well as meeting the employment demands and oral health needs of the public.
The primary mission of the Idaho State University Dental Hygiene program is to:
• facilitate the development of dental hygienists who are able to fulfill the multiple roles of professional dental hygienists;
• award baccalaureate degrees in the discipline with a vision toward granting graduate degrees;
• contribute to the science of dental hygiene and the advancement of related knowledge through applied qualitative and quantitative research;
• promote the health and well being of the public by providing clinical dental hygiene care and community service;
• participate as an integral, active, and contributing entity of the institution through university service.
Pursuant to the broad philosophy and mission statement, the Department of Dental Hygiene seeks to positively impact the education of its students and the delivery of dental hygiene services to the public by fulfilling the following interrelated goals:
Goal 1. To comprehensively prepare dental hygiene graduates who possess the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills to provide optimal dental hygiene care through demonstrated competence as defined by the "Department of Dental Hygiene Competency Document."
Goal 2. To offer a baccalaureate dental hygiene program sufficient in scope and depth to prepare graduates with a broad general education and high quality professional education that fosters their ability to adapt to the future, provide leadership in dental hygiene, and enroll in graduate level education.
Goal 3. To create knowledge through faculty research programs that are of sufficient depth to contribute to the art and science of dental hygiene, to dental hygiene practice and to the delivery of improved health care in Idaho and the nation.
Goal 4. To foster professional behaviors consistent with legal and ethical expectations essential to the dental hygiene profession and the public through professional activities, continuing education programs, and community service.
Goal 5. To remain responsive to program expansion according to the needs of Idaho and the western region of the United States, as well as to the future of the dental hygiene profession.
Goal 6. To operate and maintain the on-campus clinical facility to provide quality oral health care while fulfilling the program’s educational mission.
Program DescriptionThe Department of Dental Hygiene awards a Bachelor of Science degree. Students apply to the professional curriculum after completing prerequisite courses in science and general education. The professional program is two years in length. Prerequisites can be completed at the institution of the student’s choice. The Department of Dental Hygiene has formal articulation agreements with every college/university in Idaho.
The program is designed to foster student growth, promote development of critical and ethical judgment, and encourage life-long learning. The curriculum includes didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction sufficient to graduate competent clinicians who are capable of practicing contemporary dental hygiene procedures. Students are educated to clinical competency in both traditional and advanced procedures, with emphasis placed on preventive, therapeutic, and non-surgical services essential for providing total patient care to the public. As a result, graduates possess an increased understanding of dentistry and dental hygiene, expanded capabilities as members of the oral health team, and greater career mobility. Graduates of the ISU dental hygiene program also are prepared to pursue graduate studies in dental hygiene or related areas. The dental hygiene program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Employment OpportunitiesUpon completion of the dental hygiene curriculum, graduates are qualified to take the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination and licensure exams in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and abroad. Graduates are eligible for positions in private dental offices, public health programs, school health programs, dental hygiene education and research. In addition, the dental hygiene program provides instruction and experience in advanced procedures to broaden capabilities for clinical practice.
Formal application for admission to the dental hygiene program must be submitted before January 15 of the year the student wishes to enter. Applicants must have completed prerequisite courses and completed specific requirements for consideration. Application materials must be forwarded to the Department of Dental Hygiene. Applications for the dental hygiene program and information regarding current admission criteria and procedures can be obtained from the Dental Hygiene website at http://www.isu.edu/departments/dentalhy, or directly from the department. Admission to Idaho State University is a separate procedure and must be completed simultaneously with application to the dental hygiene program. Students must provide verification of current CPR certification prior to beginning the junior year. An annual update is required prior to the senior year.
To enroll in upper division courses with a dental hygiene prefix, students must be accepted for admission to the dental hygiene program. Each student is responsible for completing the required course work in proper sequential order. To be eligible for graduation and progression in the dental hygiene program, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.25. Course work for which the student receives a grade below "C-" (C minus) will not be accepted as fulfilling requirements for the Department of Dental Hygiene. Deviations from these standards must be approved by the department chairperson.
Preventive and therapeutic oral health services are provided by staff and experienced students in the dental hygiene clinic. Services for the public include oral prophylaxis, x-rays, nonsurgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, fluoride treatments, and patient education in the care of the mouth. Selected advanced services are available for full-time ISU students, faculty and staff. Individuals desiring information should inquire about the availability of services with the dental hygiene clinic receptionist.
Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene
The graduate program is designed for licensed dental hygienists with baccalaureate degrees. Graduates are prepared for more complex roles in the discipline such as dental hygiene educators, researchers and advanced rural and community oral health practitioners. The program provides an online graduate curriculum with minimal on-campus visitations required.
Graduation RequirementsPrerequisite courses 40-51 cr
(department requirements and general education)
Required dental hygiene courses 67 cr
Other courses (including general education),
minimum of: 15 cr
Electives 6 cr
TOTAL: 134 cr
Bachelor of Science in Dental HygienePrerequisite Courses (Pre-Dental Hygiene)BIOL 101,101L Biology I, and Lab 4 crIN ADDITION:
(satisfies Goal 4)
BIOL 221 Introductory Microbiology 3 cr
BIOL 223 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory 1 cr
BIOL 301 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr
BIOL 302 Anatomy and Physiology 4 cr
CHEM 101 Introduction to General Chemistry 3 cr
CHEM 102, 103 Introduction to Organic
and Biochemistry, and Lab 4 cr
(satisfies Goal 5)
COMM 101 Principles of Speech 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 2)
DENT 201 Principles of Dental Hygiene 2 cr
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 cr
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3 cr
NTD 239 Nutrition 3 cr
MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra
or competency exam 3 cr
MATH 253 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 3)
PSYC 101 Introduction to General Psychology 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 12)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
(satisfies Goal 12)
- Two of General Education Goals: 6, 7, and 8.
- Two of Goals: 9, 10, 11. Elective DENT 220 is highly recommended for pre-dental hygiene students without dental office experience.
- Elective CIS 101 is highly recommended for those individuals without computer skills.
- HCA 110 Introduction to Allied Health Professions is recommended for Kasiska College of Health Professions students.
Required Dental Hygiene CoursesDENT 307 Managing Oral Health Care forDental Hygiene Electives
Medically Compromised Patients 3 cr
DENT 308 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 cr
DENT 309 Oral Pathology 2 cr
DENT 311 Tooth Morphology 2 cr
DENT 312 Head and Neck Anatomy 3 cr
DENT 313 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2 cr
DENT 313C Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Clinic 3 cr
DENT 314 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 cr
DENT 314C Clinical Dental Hygiene II, Clinic 3 cr
DENT 315 Preventive Dentistry 2 cr
DENT 316 Dental Materials 2 cr
DENT 317 Oral Radiology I 1 cr
DENT 318 Oral Radiology II 2 cr
DENT 318L Oral Radiology Laboratory 1 cr
DENT 319 Pre-clinical Expanded Functions 3 cr
DENT 320 Local Anesthesia 2 cr
DENT 321 Introduction to Periodontology 2 cr
DENT 401 Research Methodology 3 cr
DENT 402 Periodontology 2 cr
DENT 403 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2 cr
DENT 403C Clinical Dental Hygiene III, Clinic 4 cr
DENT 404 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 2 cr
DENT 404C Clinical Dental Hygiene IV, Clinic 4 cr
DENT 407 Contemporary Issues in Periodontology 1 cr
DENT 408 Ethics and Jurisprudence 2 cr
DENT 409 Communication and Behavior
Management in Dentistry 1 cr
DENT 411 Expanded Functions I 2 cr
DENT 411C Expanded Functions I, Clinic 1 cr
DENT 412 Dental Specialties 1 cr
DENT 412C Expanded Functions II, Clinic 1 cr
DENT 413 Community Health and
Special Needs Populations I 2 cr
DENT 414 Community Health and
Special Needs Populations II 2 cr
DENT 415 Clinical Seminar 1 crDENT 305 Personal and Career Development 1 crOther Required Courses
DENT 330C Summer Interim Clinic 2 cr
DENT 340C Summer Clinic Enrichment 0 cr
DENT 420 Dental Hygiene Specialty Emphasis 2 cr
DENT 481 Independent Problems
in Dental Hygiene 1-6 cr
PSCI 314 Basic and Applied Pharmacology
for Dental Hygiene 2 cr
Dental Hygiene CoursesSemester codes are shown at the end of each course description: F = Fall; S = Spring; Su = Summer; D = "Demand"--which means that when a cohort of students reaches the point in the degree curriculum when a course is required that is not normally taught each semester, the department will teach the course.
DENT 201 Principles of Dental Hygiene 2 credits. Prevention of dental diseases, role of the dental hygienist and oral healthcare team are presented at the pre-professional level. Dental hygiene career content assists in formulating a career decision. F, S
DENT 220 Introduction to the Dental Office 2 credits. Introduction to dental terminology and office procedures including duties and responsibilities of various dental personnel through lectures, activities and field experiences. F
DENT 305 Personal and Career Development 1 credit. Incorporation of time management, stress management and assertiveness skills into career and life planning. Graded S/U. F
DENT 307 Managing Oral Health Care for Medically Compromised Patients 3 credits. Lectures, discussions, cases, and active learning modalities provide a working knowledge of management of medically compromised patients during oral health care. Emphasis on precautions and treatment alterations for patients with medical complications as well as an overview of protocols for handling a medical emergency. PREREQ: Acceptance into Dental Hygiene program. COREQ: DENT 313C. F
DENT 308 Oral Histology and Embryology 2 credits. Study of the embryologic and histologic development of the face and oral structures and the histologic response of oral tissues specifically related to health and disease. Utilization of laboratory, microscopic and diagnostic aids. F
DENT 309 Oral Pathology 2 credits. Study of common oral lesions and neoplasms including general, dental and oral pathological processes with emphasis on etiology and clinical manifestations. Utilization of patient history, laboratory, roentgenographic and other diagnostic aids. PREREQ: DENT 308. S
DENT 311 Tooth Morphology 2 credits. Morphological characteristics and development of the teeth and oral structures. Emphasis on root anatomy and preparation for advanced clinical skills. F
DENT 312 Head and Neck Anatomy 3 credits. Descriptive anatomical study of regions of the head and neck, including skeletal, blood, and nervous tissues. Special emphasis on structures related to clinical dental hygiene procedures. COREQ: DENT 311. F
DENT 313 Clinical Dental Hygiene I 2 credits. Didactic introduction to infection control, comprehensive patient assessment procedures, basic instrumentation and their sharpening techniques, professional topical fluorides and their application. PREREQ: Acceptance into Dental Hygiene program. COREQ: DENT 313C. F
DENT 313C Clinical Dental Hygiene I, Clinic 3 credits. Preclinical application of principles, techniques, and concepts presented in DENT 307 and 313. PREREQ: Acceptance into Dental Hygiene program. COREQ: DENT 313. F
DENT 314 Clinical Dental Hygiene II 2 credits. Continued didactic instruction expanding on principles of patient communication and implementation of dental hygiene procedures for a variety of clients. PREREQ: DENT 313, DENT 313C, and DENT 315. COREQ: DENT 314C. S
DENT 314C Clinical Dental Hygiene II, Clinic 3 credits. Clinical application of dental hygiene care for clients with periodontal health, gingivitis, and early periodontitis. Emphasis on assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. PREREQ: DENT 313, DENT 313C, and DENT 315. COREQ: DENT 314. S
DENT 315 Preventive Dentistry 2 credits. Basics of dental disease etiology and methods for disease control. Theoretical and practical knowledge of fluoride utilization, diet management, patient education, and plaque removal. Emphasis on methods for increasing compliance by modifying behavior. F
DENT 316 Dental Materials 2 credits. Survey of physical and chemical properties of dental materials. Manipulation and practical application used in general restorative dentistry also are included. F
DENT 317 Oral Radiology I 1 credit. SurvFlint-Wagner, ey of principles of x-ray production and radiographic equipment with emphasis on radiographic safety and protection. F
DENT 318 Oral Radiology II 2 credits. Principles and technique of exposing and interpreting oral radiographic surveys. PREREQ: DENT 312, DENT 313, DENT 313C, and DENT 317. S
DENT 318L Oral Radiology Laboratory 1 credit. Laboratory instruction and supervision for the production, processing, evaluation and interpretation of oral radiographs. Proficiency examination and educational training model experience precede patient exposure. PREREQ: DENT 317. COREQ: DENT 314C and DENT 318. S
DENT 319 Preclinical Expanded Functions 3 credits. Didactic and laboratory application of dental materials and dental hygiene restorative expanded duties. Duties relate to amalgam, tooth colored and temporary restorations; four-handed dentistry; impressions and study models. PREREQ: DENT 311 and DENT 316. S
DENT 320 Local Anesthesia 2 credits. Didactic and clinical instruction in the administration of local anesthetic agents, with emphasis on techniques of field and nerve block anesthesia. PREREQ: DENT 307 and DENT 312. S
DENT 321 Introduction to Periodontology 2 credits. Concepts of periodontology involving assessment, etiology, risk factors, and classification of periodontal diseases; basic treatment planning, and periodontal debridement/root planing. PREREQ: DENT 308, DENT 313, and DENT 313C. COREQ: DENT 314 and DENT 314C. S
DENT 330C Interim Clinic 2 credits. Continued clinical application of dental hygiene procedures emphasizing total patient care. For students who require additional clinical course experience for DENT 314C or DENT 404C sufficient for progression or graduation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. PREREQ: Permission of department. F, S, Su
DENT 340C Summer Clinic Enrichment 0 credits. Continued clinical application of dental hygiene procedures emphasizing total patient care. For students who desire to enrich their clinical course experience for 314C or 404C. PREREQ: Permission of department. Graded S/U. Su
DENT 401 Research Methodology 3 credit. Fundamental and working knowledge of the scientific method employed in oral health research. Development of lifelong learning skills through critical analysis of research findings. PREREQ: MATH 253 and ENGL 102. F
DENT 402 Periodontology 2 credits. Continued study of periodontal diseases with emphasis on aggressive forms, periodontal treatment planning, maintenance procedures, related systemic diseases and therapy. PREREQ: DENT 314, DENT 314C, and DENT 321. COREQ: DENT 403 and DENT 403C. F
DENT 403 Clinical Dental Hygiene III 2 credits. Advanced clinical procedures in all phases of dental hygiene practice including nonsurgical periodontal therapy, ultrasonic scaling, instrument recontouring, assessment procedures and dietary counseling. PREREQ: DENT 314 and DENT 314C. COREQ: DENT 403C. F
DENT 403C Clinical Dental Hygiene III, Clinic 4 credits. Comprehensive care including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Emphasis on skill development in nonsurgical periodontal therapy, oral self-care education, ethical/professional case management. PREREQ: DENT 314 and DENT 314C. COREQ: DENT 403. F
DENT 404 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV 2 credits. Continued study of advanced clinical procedures. Emphasizes periodontal instrumentation and advanced ultrasonic techniques, subgingival irrigation, airpolishing, job interviewing, résumé writing and professional practice management. PREREQ: DENT 403 and DENT 403C. COREQ: DENT 404C. S
DENT 404C Clinical Dental Hygiene IV, Clinic 4 credits. Comprehensive care including assessment planning, implementation and evaluation is practiced. Emphasis on proficiency in nonsurgical periodontal therapy, ethical/professional case management and practice management. PREREQ: DENT 403 and DENT 403C. COREQ: DENT 404. S
DENT 407 Contemporary Issues in Periodontology 1 credit. Examination and analysis of contemporary issues and trends in periodontal theories and practice. PREREQ: DENT 402, DENT 403, and DENT 403C. COREQ: DENT 404 and DENT 404C. Graded S/U. S
DENT 408 Ethics and Jurisprudence 2 credits. The study of legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities of health care professionals as related to the practice of dental hygiene. Licensure, legal terminology and the Idaho Dental Practice Act will be discussed.. F
DENT 409 Communication and Behavior Management in Dentistry 1 credit. Principles of communication and behavior management as related to patient-provider relationships, management of dental fears/anxiety, and interpersonal interactions in the employment setting. S
DENT 411 Expanded Functions I 2 credits. Didactic and laboratory application of advanced procedures emphasizing pain control methods, preventive and restorative expanded functions and four-handed dentistry procedures. PREREQ: DENT 319 and DENT 320. COREQ: DENT 411C. F
DENT 411C Expanded Functions I Clinic 1 credit. Clinical application of advanced procedures emphasizing pain control methods, restorative expanded functions and four-handed dentistry techniques. PREREQ: DENT 319 and DENT 320. COREQ: DENT 411. F
DENT 412 Dental Specialties 1 credit. Didactic and laboratory application of information related to the dental specialties. Emphasis is placed on those specialties not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. PREREQ: DENT 411. COREQ: DENT 412C. S
DENT 412C Expanded Functions II Clinic 1 credit. Continuation and amplification of skills developed in DENT 411C, PREREQ: DENT 411 and DENT 411C.COREQ: DENT 412. S
DENT 413 Community Health and Special Needs Populations I 2 credits. Concepts of oral health education and preventive counseling, health promotion, patient management, and public health along with modifications of dental hygiene care for individuals with transient or lifelong special needs emphasizing the elderly, people with disabilities and individuals from diverse cultures. COREQ: DENT 403 and DENT 403C. F
DENT 414 Community Health and Special Needs Populations II 2 credits. Concepts of oral health education and preventive counseling, health promotion, patient management, public health, and research are applied to achieve a sustained improvement in the oral health behavior, knowledge, and attitude of a group of subjects not normally seen as patients. Field experiences required. PREREQ: DENT 315. S
DENT 415 Clinical Seminar 1 credit. Discussion and integration of clinical cases, in addition to current theories and topics in dental hygiene practice. COREQ: DENT 404, DENT 404C, and DENT 412C. S
DENT 420 Dental Hygiene Specialty Emphasis 2 credits. Didactic and clinical instruction offered in three dental hygiene specialties, including community dental health, dental hygiene education, and advanced clinic and periodontology. Students select one emphasis. PREREQ: DENT 402. S
DENT 481 Independent Problems in Dental Hygiene 1-3 credits. Students will select an area of special interest to pursue through independent study. The student normally is required to present a report giving results of his/her work. May be repeated for up to12 credits. F, S, Su
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