Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the Seattle Central Dental Hygiene Program will be able to:

  1. Qualify for all national and regional examinations required to obtain licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in the State of Washington.
  2. Use the highest standard of the dental hygiene process of care in the treatment and management of patients in all aspects of dental hygiene practice and expanded duties as allowed by Washington State practice act.
  3. Value diversity, sensitivity in treatment, and interpersonal communication skills utilized as a provider in the delivery of culturally competent care to diverse population groups.
  4. Provide competent dental hygiene providers of care for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patients using the dental hygiene process of care which includes:
  • The systematic collection and analysis of the data to identify patient needs and oral health problems;
  • The establishment of realistic goals and treatment strategies to facilitate optimal oral health;
  • Provision of treatment as identified in the assessment and planning phase;
  • Measurement of the extent to which goals identified in the treatment plan were achieved.
  • Use evidenced–based practice and a patient–centered care philosophy in all aspects of dental hygiene practice.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate community–based oral health programsincluding, health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  • Demonstrate appropriate life support measures for medical emergencies that may be encountered in dental hygiene practice.
  • Evaluate current scientific literature for evidenced–based clinical applications.
  • Use problem solving strategies related to comprehensive patient care and management of patients.
  • Comply with OSHA, WISHA, and HIPAA Regulations.

Program Goals

  • Goal 1: Assure access to dental hygiene services and educational opportunities for underrepresented minorities, ethnic and cultural groups, immigrants and other persons with limited access to oral health care and/or higher education.
  • Goal 2: Prepare graduates of the program who will meet or exceed the current standards of patient care, research, and community service as established by the Commission of Dental Accreditation.
  • Goal 3: Rely on evidenced–based decision making in all aspects of program operations, and apply the strongest research findings available to decisions about educational methodology, pedagogy, curriculum content, and clinical patient care and management practices.
  • Goal 4: Assure that the dental hygiene program's strategic plan continues to sustain the financial health of the program and is in alignment with the Mission and Core Values of Seattle Central College.
  • Goal 5: Use ongoing quality improvement practices to assess all measures of the program’s educational and clinical effectiveness, and make appropriate program adjustments as indicated to achieve the established goals and objectives.

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