Program 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. Demonstrate effective communication, professional behavior, sensitivity in treatment, and enhanced opportunities for intra– and inter–professional collaboration in the delivery of culturally competent and ethical care.
  4. Provide competent dental hygiene care and education for the child, adolescent, adult, geriatric and medically compromised patients using the dental hygiene process of care which includes:
    • Collection and analysis of data to identify patient needs and oral health problems;
    • Establish realistic goals and treatment strategies to facilitate optimal oral health;
    • Provide treatment as identified in the assessment and planning phase;
    • Measure the extent goals identified in the treatment plan were achieved.
    • Use evidence–based practice and a patient–centered care philosophy in all aspects of dental hygiene practice.
    • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate community–based oral health programs including, 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 evidence–based clinical applications.
    • Use problem solving strategies related to comprehensive patient care and management of patients.
    • Comply with OSHA, WISHA, and HIPAA Regulations.

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