Dental Hygiene Program
Student Handbook

Active Learning
The student is responsible for his/her learning and is an active participant in the learning process.  This is a shared responsibility of both students and faculty.  The degree of success is affected by our joint efforts.  The learning opportunities are available to each student.  It is recommended that the student seek assistance when needed, ask questions, and stretch himself/herself in building clinical skills.

During DNTL 20, Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide, lab session are expected to participate in the learning experience by giving and receiving local anesthesia injections. There will be approximately 60 injections given over the course of the semester. All injections are closely supervised by faculty. Students must participate to pass the course. In addiition to local anesthesia injections, each student will give and receive nitrous oxide sedation under close supervision.

Course Progression
Courses in the program are planned in sequence, must be taken in sequence and cannot be repeated.  It is necessary to obtain the minimum requrements as outlined in the class information handout for all SCDH Program courses in order to continue onto any subsequent semester. 

Eligibility for graduation is based on successful completion of all program courses.  If academic grades fall below the minimum requirements during the course of the semester, the student will be placed on academic probation and a Remediation Contract will be developed by the course instructor with a set  time for remediation to be completed.  Failure to obtain remediation within the contract time established may result in dismissal from the SCDH Program.

Growing/Cumulative Knowledge Base – Healthcare Providers
Upon licensure healthcare providers have been exposed to numerous topics and conditions that are pertinent to their chosen profession.  All dental hygiene courses are designed to build upon one another. This means that material from one class can be needed in another course.  For example, Head and Neck anatomy applies to the material presented in Oral Pathology, Local Anesthesia, Oral Radiology and patient assessment. During prerequisite courses, the student may learn the course material yet upon completion of the course, retain only a portion of the information for future reference and use.  In healthcare, the student must retain all information presented in didactic courses as it will be pertinent for clinical practice and patient assessment.

It is expected that material learned through the program is retained so that patient treatment is appropriate in nature.

Learning/Physical Disabilities
Students who may have a learning or physical disability are recommended to the DSPS department for appropriate evaluation.  The Program may be able to accommodate reasonable requests based upon the results of DSPS evaluation.  

Written documentation of any accommodations will be kept on file with the program director 

Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty is the willful and intentional fraud and deception for the purpose of improving a grade or obtaining course credit, and includes all student behaviors intended to gain or provide unearned academic advantage by fraudulent and/or deceptive means. 

The student has the full responsibility for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted.  Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving the rule of the consequences of that rule.  Students unclear about a specific situation should ask their instructors.  Violation of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action.  Any person found guilty of academic dishonesty will receive a grade of "No Credit" or "F" for the course.

Should a student fail (receive an “F”) any of the program courses, they are dismissed from the Program and not eligible to re-apply. 

Illness, Injury, Surgical Procedures, Pregnancy
Following an illness, injury, surgical procedure or during pregnancy and the postpartum period, students must have on file a release from their physician stating that they are physically able to participate in clinic at full capacity without restrictions or limitations.  Limited assignments may not qualify for special accommodations

It may be necessary for a student to withdraw from the program and return (space available) when the physical restrictions or limitations are lifted.  If pregnant, maternity leave from the program is limited to one week (5 days of classes).  A longer maternity leave may prohibit the students’ success.

Full participation is necessary to meet the objectives of the program and to allow adequate evaluation of the student's achievement of the objectives.  Students concealing an illness of injury are jeopardizing the patient and their own safety.

Student Impairment
Patient safety is an overriding principle in the delivery of health care.  For the health care professional to provide safe care, the health care professional must be able to make sound judgments.  Thought processes and decision-making can be adversely affected by excessive stress, poor mental and physical health, and the use of drugs and alcohol.  Impaired by the aforementioned factors, the health care professional can easily make unsafe decisions and, therefore, jeopardize patient safety.

As health care professionals, we recognize that excessive stress, poor mental and physical health, and dependency or drugs or alcohol are conditions that can be treated by early recognition and rehabilitation. 

The student whose thought processes and decision-making ability is impaired by excessive stress, poor mental or physical health, or the use of drugs or alcohol will be considered unsafe to provide health care services and will be removed from the clinical setting.  The student will be subject to faculty review and possible dismissal from the program.  In addition, the student will be counseled about the importance of seeking voluntary aid for such conditions that could, if left unattended, lead to disciplinary action and may prevent them from being licensed to practice as a dental hygienist the State of California. (Board Policy 5500)

Clinical Practice Management Standards 

Professional Expectations 

Dental Hygiene Student Handbook