The Dental Hygiene Program
The Dental Hygiene Program at Cape Cod Community College is fully accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Each fall 22 students are accepted into the freshman class. The Coordinator of the Program is Elaine Hopkins Madden, R.D.H., B.S., M.Ed.
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Elaine Hopkins Madden – Program Coordinator
Dental Hygiene Program Goals
- Educate students to provide quality dental hygiene care for patients from diverse populations within the community.
- Prepare students to become competent, critically thinking health care professionals who promote health and the prevention of disease.
- Prepare students to maintain high standards of ethical conduct.
- Provide a learning environment for students that will instill the pursuit of life long learning.
- Provide a curriculum that includes scientific advancement and innovations in the practice of dental hygiene.
- Instill in students the value of active membership(s) in state and national organizations.
Dental Hygiene Program Outcomes/Competencies
The Dental Hygiene Program at Cape Cod Community College provides students with the theory, knowledge, and experience necessary to obtain competency in the practice of dental hygiene in a variety of settings. Upon completion of the program, the Cape Cod Community College dental hygiene graduate will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Integrate knowledge from the basic, psychosocial, dental, and dental hygiene sciences into the dental hygiene process of care.
- Communicate effectively with individuals and groups from diverse populations.
- Utilize critical thinking, problem solving, and evidence-based decision making in the practice of dental hygiene.
- Apply a professional code of ethics while adhering to appropriate legal and regulatory measures when providing oral health services.
- Utilizing risk assessment and health promotion strategies, integrate the goals, values and beliefs of diverse populations in the promotion of health, wellness, and the prevention of disease.
- Safely perform the dental hygiene process of care (assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation, documentation) for all patients and community-based oral health programs.
- Continually perform self-assessment to maintain professional standards and encourage life-long learning.
- Value the need for personal and professional growth through participation in professional activities and associations.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of career options within the dental hygiene profession.
Technical Standards: Essential Functions Required to Complete the Dental Hygiene Program
1. Effectively communicate in verbal, nonverbal and written format in English with patients, families and all members of the dental / health care team.
2. Possess basic computer skills for student success.
3. Assess, draw conclusions, plan, implement, evaluate and document the dental hygiene process of care.
a. Read and comprehend relevant information in patient records, textbooks and professional journals.
b. Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize.
c. Exercise proper judgment.
d. Complete tasks within required time limits.
e. Retain information and apply knowledge to new / individual patient cases.
4. Possess hearing and vision sufficient, with or without corrective devices, to perform effectively in a dental facility and provide safe and accurate patient care.
5. Possess the physical stamina and ability to perform CPR, lift and carry up to 20 pounds, manipulate dental equipment, sit and stand for extended periods of time.
a. Possess the ability to actively participate in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and clinical experiences in the dental hygiene program.
b. Possess the ability to act as patient during a variety of clinical procedures.
6. Demonstrate fine motor skills/dexterity in combination with eye/hand coordination.
a. Possess the tactile sensitivity to feel for fine differences in soft and hard structures.
7. Visually differentiate subtle changes of gray on radiographs and changes in color, size, shape and texture for tissues.
8. Possess the ability to demonstrate the following academic and professional behaviors:
a. Manage heavy academic schedules.
b. Perform in fast-paced clinical situations.
c. Display flexibility.
d. Demonstrate integrity and empathy for others.
e. Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, colleagues and other members of the dental / health care team.
f. Accept responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions.
g. Comply with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Code of Ethics.
9. Be able to wear protective equipment such as scrubs / scrub gowns, gloves, face mask, face shield and eyewear during all aspects of patient care.