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D H 50 ORIENTATION TO DENTAL HYGIENE1 Unit
Overview of dental hygiene as a career. Dental terminology, introduction to instrumentation skills, including: modified pen grasp, fulcrums, adaptation, insertion and activation of the explorer. The course will involve some online homework, observation in clinic, and instrumentation on typodonts. Strategies & skills for student success in the dental hygiene program. This course is intented for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1.5 hours lecture-laboratory. (18 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 52A ORAL BIOLOGY I3 Units
Discussion of the anatomy and identification of the teeth, the eruption sequence, normal occlusion, and classification of occlusion. Anatomy of the skull, arteries, veins, and lymphatics, musculature and nervous structures of the head and neck.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 52B ORAL BIOLOGY II3 Units
The embryologic development of the structures and tissues of the head, neck, teeth and oral cavity; histology of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Anatomy of the tooth crown, root and pulp; development and structural defects involving the oral cavity and the teeth. The normal periodontal tissues, oral mucous membranes, and salivary glands.
Prerequisite: D H 52A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 53 ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES IN THE DENTAL HYGIENE PROCESS4 Units
The first in a 3 course series in dental hygiene theory and practice. This course will focus on the principles of assessment techniques as the first phase of the dental hygiene process of care. The rationale for collection of assessment data, and associated clinical procedures will be discussed. Introduces infectious diseases important to dentistry, hazardous materials management, and waste management, and rules of regulatory agencies (OSHA, CDC and ADA). Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 54 PRE-CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE4 Units
The first in a seven-course series in dental hygiene clinical practices. This course integrates the scientific and clinical principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene. Clinical procedures and techniques for patient assessment, including prevention of disease transmission, health history, extra-intraoral examination, gingival evaluation and periodontal examination are taught in a pre-clinical setting. Students will work on typodonts and classmates. The course requires evaluation of clinical performance through demonstration of skill acquisition and level of competency. Field experiences reinforce and amplify the knowledge and skills needed to perform dental hygiene procedures in the clinical setting.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 12 hours laboratory. (156 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 55A FUNDAMENTALS OF PATHOLOGY I2 Units
Introduction to general pathology and specific pathologic processes, repair, healing, and regressive changes. Social significance of pathology. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 52B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 55B FUNDAMENTALS OF PATHOLOGY II2 Units
Pathology of the head, neck, and oral structures. Developmental conditions caries, diseases of bacterial and viral origin, neoplasms of the oral cavity. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 55A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 56 APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY IN DENTISTRY2 Units
This course is a study of drugs by groups with special emphasis on those drugs and medications used in dentistry. The physical and chemical properties, dosage and therapeutic effects of each group of drug will be discussed. The dental hygiene implications for patients taking different drugs will be emphasized. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisites: BIOL 58, D H 61A or licensed dental hygienist or dentist.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 57A PERIODONTICS I2 Units
Examination of anatomy and physiology of periodontium. Correlation of basic sciences with the clinical aspects of periodontal diseases. Etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: D H 52B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 57B PERIODONTICS II2 Units
Fundamental principles of periodontology, including normal periodontium, etiology and classification of periodontal disease; relationship of dental deposits to periodontal diseases. Development of periodontal pocket and abscess. Process of bone loss. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 52B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 57C PERIODONTICS III2 Units
This course will examine the role of the dental hygienist in nonsurgical periodontal therapy, periodontal surgical therapy, and periodontal maintenance therapy. A periodontal competency report both oral and written is required. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 57B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 59 SURVEY OF DENTISTRY1 Unit
This course is an introduction to dental procedures in the specialty office with emphasis on dental auxilary duties and collaboration with dental specialties for comprehensive patient/client care. Legal scope of practice for the dental hygienist and appropriate referral protocol is emphasized. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 60A INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY I2 Units
Introduction to dental radiology for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program. Component parts, functions, operations of the dental x-ray unit and radiation safety is emphasized. Relationships between anatomical and radiographic landmarks are analyzed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 60B DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY II1 Unit
Introduction to the radiology laboratory intended for the first year student enrolled in the dental hygiene program. Emphasis on dental x-ray techniques, film development and mounting. Radiation safety protection is practiced for all laboratory procedures. All films will be viewed for self-critique and instructor evaluation.
Prerequisite: D H 60A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 60C DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY III.5 Unit
Radiology course for second year dental hygiene students. Emphasis on correlating oral diseases to radiologic findings. Includes distal-oblique projections and application of the S.L.O.B. rule. Introduction to digital panoramic radiology. This course intended for students in the dental hygiene program
Prerequisite: D H 60B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture-laboratory. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 60D DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY IV.5 Unit
Radiology course intended for second year students enrolled in the dental hygiene program. Emphasis on the understanding of radiographic interpretation of periodontal and dental diseases. Continued application of digital radiography with use of sensors and scanners.
Prerequisite: D H 60C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture-laboratory. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 60E DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY V.5 Unit
Final course in a series on dental radiography for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program. Increase in patient requirements and the attainment 90% scores or higher on film evaluations. Emphasis is on time efficiency, technique accuracy and patient management. Increased skill in film exposures, processing and the interpretation of dental diseases.
Prerequisite: D H 60D.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture-laboratory. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 61A CLINICAL TECHNIQUE6 Units
This course is a continuation of dental hygiene clinical practice and instrumentation techniques including: periodontal examination, scaling and root planing, sharpening. Adjunctive dental hygiene procedures taught include: fluorides, selective coronal polishing. Clinical activities utilize typodonts and student partners. The course requires evaluation of clinical performance through demonstration. Supportive labs and observation to reinforce and amplify the knowledge and skills needed to perform dental hygiene procedures in the clinical setting for D H 61A. This course is intended for the dental hygiene student.
Prerequisites: D H 52A & 54.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 12 hours laboratory. (180 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 61B INTRODUCTION TO CLINIC4.5 Units
An introduction to clinical dental hygiene practice. An emphasis on assessing, planning, and implementing comprehensive dental hygiene care on patients in a clinical setting. Students apply knowledge, critical thinking, and basic clinical skills acquired in previous completed dental hygiene courses. Students will also learn about dental hygiene care for diverse patient populations and management of patients with special needs. Enrollment limited to students enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisites: Completion of D H 61A and 52B with grade of "C" or higher; possession of a current CPR certificate.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 9 hours clinic. (144 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 62A CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE I2.5 Units
Continuation of dental hygiene clinical practice. Assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating dental hygiene care on patients in a clinical setting. Development of progress in clinical performance with each successive academic period. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: D H 61B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
.5 hour lecture, 10 hours clinic. (126 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 62B CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE II6 Units
Continuation of clinical dental hygiene practice providing comprehensive dental hygiene care in a clinic setting on patients. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: D H 62A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 30 hours clinic. (372 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 62C CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE III6 Units
Continuation of clinical dental hygiene practice providing comprehensive dental hygiene care in a clinic setting on patients. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: D H 62B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 30 hours clinic. (372 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 62D CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE IV6 Units
Continuation of clinical dental hygiene practice providing comprehensive dental hygiene care in a clinic setting on patients. Development of progress in clinical performance with each successive academic period. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: D H 62C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 30 hours clinic. (372 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 63C COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH I3 Units
Introduction to community dental health problems and disparities that exist in health care. The science of epidemiology, research and writing skills, and biostatistics. An analysis of current dental health issues and initial development of a community dental health program. Evaluation of scientific literature will be developed. This course is intended for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admissions to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lecture-laboratory. (42 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 63D COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH II3 Units
Continuation of D H 63C. Emphasis on the steps to developing community dental health programs, including health promotion programs. Local, state, and federal departments of public health services, types of fluoridation, and school-based dental health programs and screenings. Evidence-based decision making will be applied to the dental public health setting. This course is intended for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 63C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lecture-laboratory. (42 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 64 ETHICS, LAW & DENTAL OFFICE PRACTICES2 Units
This course covers the subjects of ethics, jurisprudence and practice aspects of dental hygiene practice. Emphasis will be placed on the challenges of providing ethical care in the clinical setting. The laws and regulations effecting the practice of dental hygiene will be analyzed and the scope of practice of dental professionals as outlined by the California Dental Practice Act will be examined. Intended for the dental hygiene student.
Prerequisites: Admissions to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 65 CLINICAL LOCAL ANESTHESIA2.5 Units
Review of pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and emergency procedures associated with local anesthetic procedures. Preparation for and administration of conduction and infiltration anesthesia in dental procedures. Laboratory and clinical experience in administration. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisites: D H 54 or completion of a ADA approved dental hygiene program; possession of a current CPR certificate.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (42 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 66 SOFT TISSUE CURETTAGE1 Unit
Training for the dental hygiene student or dental hygienist in performing soft tissue curettage.
Prerequisite: D H 65.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 67 NITROUS OXIDE/OXYGEN ANALGESIA1 Unit
This course is the study of nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia used in the dental practice. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the mechanism of sedation, risks and benefits associated with nitrous oxide sedation, how to administer and properly document the use of nitrous oxide. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admissions to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture-laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 68A RADIOGRAPHIC INTERPRETATION2 Units
Interpretation of intraoral and panoramic radiographs. Emphasis on normal, atypical and pathological structures. Identification of dental anomalies, dental materials and the interpretation of disease. Analysis of the progression of dental caries, periodontal disease, and periapical lesions. Course is intended for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisites: D H 60A and 60B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 70R INDEPENDENT STUDY IN DENTAL HYGIENE1-4 Units
This course of study provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Dental Hygiene beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.
3 hours per week, per unit, as determined by unit value of the contracted project or course of study; 36-144 hours total. (0 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 71 OFFICE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES2 Units
This course is a study of common medical emergencies that may occur during delivery of dental care. Emphasis is placed on methods to prevent emergencies from occurring and procedures to manage emergency situations. Ethical and legal aspects in assisting during emergencies are also discussed. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 72 DENTAL MATERIALS3 Units
Properties of dental materials, characteristics and manipulation of dental materials and the equipment used in the manipulation of these materials with an emphasis on dental hygiene care. Course also covers caries risk assessment, hazardous waste management and MSDS.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 73 DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION2 Units
This course provides the fundamentals of patient education to include: communication theory, development of client/clinician relationships, mechanical plaque removal techniques, antimicrobial therapies, nutritional counseling for dental hygiene, smoking cessation counseling, patient motivation with particular attention to psychological, social, and economic, cultural & life stage factors. There is an emphasis on prevention of dental diseases through effective patient education. Preventive dental products will be reviewed and analyzed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Advisory: PSYC 1.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 75A CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY I1.5 Units
Discussion and demonstration of supplemental dental hygiene functions: digital intraoral photography, dental hygiene instrumentation, ultrasonic and microultrasonic scaling techniques. Supportive course to reinforce and amplify the knowledge and skills needed to perform dental hygiene procedures in the clinical setting for D H 62B. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 75B CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY II1.5 Units
Discussion and demonstration of supplemental dental hygiene functions, advanced instrumentation techniques, chemotherapeutics, advanced local anesthesia techniques, air polishing, implants in dentistry, orthodontic therapy and new technology in dental hygiene. Supportive course to reinforce and amplify the knowledge and skills needed to perform dental hygiene procedures in the clinical setting for D H 62C. Intended for student enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 75C CLINICAL DENTAL HYGIENE THEORY III1.5 Units
This course is designed to aid the student in identifying an appropriate patient for clinical state and/or regional board licensing exam for Dental Hygienists and in identifying and anticipating methods which will influence a successful board experience. Supportive course to reinforce and amplify the knowledge and skills needed to perform dental hygiene procedures. Intended for students enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D H 200L INTRODUCTION TO DENTAL HYGIENE1 Unit
Introduction to the profession of dental hygiene. Emphasis on dental terminology, communication skills, licensure requirements and clinical and lab techniques related to dental hygiene clinical practice. Discussion of the requirements for the Dental Hygiene Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture-laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: None
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.