Dental Hygiene Re-entry


 

Registration & Fees

Fee: $1875

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Credit

The scheduled instructional time in this course is 40 clock hours and attendance of the entire program is approved by the Augusta University for 40 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Prerequisites

Documentation is required. 
1. Current Dental Hygiene license OR if re-entering field, proof of graduation from an ADA accredited dental hygiene program and proof of current/previous license must be supplied. 
2. Current Certificate of Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS). 
3. Current active Health Insurance- Copy of both sides of medical insurance card required. 
4. Professional Liability Insurance (in your name) - if need to apply, contact HPSO. Call 1-800-982-9491 or visit HPSO online.

Purpose

This course is designed for dental hygienists who have been out of practice for an extended period of time and seek to re-enter private practice or apply for re-licensure in dental hygiene. This course is not designed to replace the rigorous curriculum of an accredited dental hygiene program and it does not guarantee success on National, Regional or State Board Examinations.

NOTE: PARTICIPANTS MUST BE A GRADUATE OF AN AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION (ADA) ACCREDITED DENTAL HYGIENE PROGRAM. Participants must have a current or previous Dental Hygiene State License.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and/or describe the procedures involved in dental hygiene patient care.
  • Prepare and set up dental operatories according to infection control standards of today.
  • Evaluate medical/dental histories and assess pertinent information affecting the dental hygiene treatment plan.
  • Demonstrate correct technique for taking blood pressure and pulse on patients.
  • Perform extraoral and intraoral dental exams including oral cancer screening.
  • Review dental chartings and periodontal findings.
  • Expose and interpret digital dental radiographs.
  • Develop dental hygiene treatment plans and incorporate dental codes pertaining to these plans.
  • Demonstrate ergonomic positioning for patient, operator and operatory equipment.
  • Demonstrate instrumentation skills utilizing hand instruments- including 17/23 and ODU 11/12 explorer, UNC-15 or 12 probe, area specific and universal curettes and sickle scalers. (simulation labs and clinical settings)
  • Demonstrate instrumentation skills utilizing power scalers, power- driven handpieces with prophy angles and attachments and air-powder polishers. (simulations labs and clinical settings).
  • Assess caries risk then select and demonstrate appropriate fluoride treatments.
  • Identify and manage patients with dentinal hypersensitivity.
  • Explain the importance of dental sealants and demonstrate sealant placement techniques.
  • Review and demonstrate instrument sharpening.
  • Prepare a current resume.

Course Schedule

Monday

7:30

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome 
Introduction of faculty, participants and collect resumes
GC 4301

8:00

Dental Hygiene Patient Care 101- an overview from start to finish of a typical day providing dental hygiene treatment. Included in this segment: infection control, operatory set-up, medical /dental history, vital signs, extra and intra oral exams including probing and dental charting, dental hygiene treatment plan, patient information and consent, patient education based on indices and assessment findings, scale, polish, fluoride therapy and patient recall needs. 
GC 4047

10:00

Implementing Patient Care 101 – operatory set-up, peer patient review: medical/dental history, vital signs, extra and intra oral exam. 
GC 4047

11:00

2nd Peer patient review – operatory set-up, peer patient review: medical/dental history, vital signs, extra and intra oral exam. 
GC 4047

12:00

Lunch (on your own)

1:00

Instrumentation 101- modified pen grasp, fulcrum placements, polishing techniques, and basic patient, operator and operatory positioning, ultrasonic and sonic scaling, and air powder polishing. 
GC 4047

3:00

Practicing instrumentation 101 in a simulation lab 
GC 4047 
Homework: HIPAA, OSHA and Georgia Laws and Rules Regulating Dental Hygiene

Tuesday

8:00

Radiology 101- a review of digital dental radiographs. 
GC 4301

9:00

Hands on radiology- digital radiographs on manikins and peer patients
GC 4047

12:00

Lunch and Learn- “SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN DENTAL HYGIENE”: overview of new dental hygiene products on the market; evidence-based patient education

1:00

1st & 2nd peer patient care- review medical /dental histories, take blood pressure and pulse, review extra and intra oral findings, probe and chart, radiographs (if needed), DH treatment plan, OHI, scale, polish, and fluoride. 
GC 4047

4:00

Review 101 Activities - evaluate strengths and weaknesses, homework assignments (reading assignments on ultrasonic and air powder polishing use, sealants, fluoride therapy, carries risk assessment, treating dental sensitivity, and current periodontal therapies. Call and confirm patients for Wednesday. 
GC 4301

Wednesday

8:00

Review homework; sealant placements; fluoride varnish application. Set up for patient care. 
GC 4301 and GC 4047

10:00

Patient care 
GC 4047

12:00

LUNCH (on your own)

1:30

Patient care 
GC 4047

4:00

Patient care review and progress; homework review; confirm patients for Thursday 
GC 4301

Thursday

8:00

Patient care 
GC 4047

10:00

Patient care 
GC 4047

12:00

Lunch and Learn- “ENHANCING YOUR RESUME” with Kandyce Mack
GC 4301

2:00

Patient care 
GC 4047

4:00

Patient care review and progress; homework review; confirm patients for Friday 
GC 4301

Friday

8:00

Patient care 
GC 4047

10:00

Patient care 
GC 4047

12:00

Lunch and Learn- "Life Long Learning"- participants share article reviews; "The Short and Sweet of Instrument Sharpening"

GC 4301

1:30

Patient care 
GC 4047

3:00

Patient care review; course evaluation; summary and certificates 
GC 4301

 Course Faculty

Cynthia Thomas Hughes, RDH, MEd is an Associate Professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences, Augusta University. She earned her Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees from the Medical College of Georgia and a Master of Education from Cambridge College. She teaches in both the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program and the on-campus Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene Program. In addition to clinical dental hygiene practice, her experience includes multi-site management for a large group dental practice, and regional clinical educator for a salivary DNA diagnostic laboratory. She has lectured nationally and internationally and is a Past President of the Georgia Dental Hygienists' Association

Ana Thompson, RDH, MHE, Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene and Associate Professor for the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University. Ms. Thompson's teaching specialties include CDM Faculty Practice, dental anatomy, dental materials, radiology, junior and senior clinical courses, and BLS for Healthcare Providers. Her main interest is in education and in the further development of interdisciplinary research and access to care.

Kandyce Mack, RDH, MS, an Assistant Professor in the College of Allied Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene Department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2002 from South Carolina State University and her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2007 from the Medical College of Georgia and her Masters of Science in 2011 from Georgia Health Sciences University. She worked in general and pediatric practices before joining the faculty. Ms. Mack teaches theory and practice courses, practice management and ethics, clinical dental hygiene, online degree completion courses, and Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider. Ms. Mack is the faculty advisor for the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Dental Hygiene coordinator for Give Kids a Smile Day and a member of the CDM Faculty Practice.

 Location/Lodging

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Comfort Zone

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Special Needs

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Cancellation Policy

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

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