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 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 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

The dental hygiene program will:

  1. Assure access to dental hygiene educational opportunities specifically targeted to underrepresented minorities, ethnic and cultural groups, immigrants and other non-traditional students of dental hygiene and for transition to higher level of preparation for career mobility.
  2. Graduate students from a program of dental hygiene which meets current standards of patient care, applied research, and community service.
  3. In the clinical settings, to include and ensure service to diverse and underrepresented populations including ethnic and racial minorities, patients with special needs, and groups with limited access to oral health care.
  4. Demonstrate evidenced–based decision making in all aspects of the program by applying research to the selection of educational methodology, pedagogy, scientific content, and patient care treatment and management.
  5. Develop and implement a financial plan that sustains the financial health of the dental hygiene program and is aligned with the dental hygiene program’s mission and strategic direction.

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