Dental Hygiene students must be able to meet the following performance requirements.
- Visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify oral tissue changes and evaluate treatment (the
hygienist measures conditions in millimeters)
- Hearing ability with auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speakers
face and take/hear blood pressure with a stethoscope
- Physical ability to sit for prolonged periods of time, perform repetitive wrist motion for instrumentation
and move from room to room or maneuver in limited spaces
- Manual dexterity to use a variety of instruments in the small confined space of the oral cavity and
- Communicate effectively in verbal and written form by:
- Speaking clearly and succinctly when explaining treatment procedures and patient conditions
- Implementing dental health teaching and professional speaking
- Writing legibly and correctly in a patient's chart for documentation of treatment
- Function safely under stressful conditions with the ability to adapt to a changing environment inherent
in clinic situations involving patient care
- Computer skills to use a variety of software programs and the Internet for research and course projects.
PowerPoint is utilized for presentations.
There is little to no time for outside work during the program. A great deal of patient
contact begins the 2nd semester of the program and continues through the end of the program.
Updated November 12, 2013