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ERIC Number: ED531125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 72
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2011 Mississippi Curriculum Framework: Postsecondary Dental Hygiene Technology. (Program CIP: 51.0602 - Dental Hygienist)
Alexander, Nick; Dunn, Catherine; Hill, Stanley; Lindsay, William
Research and Curriculum Unit
As the world economy continues to evolve, businesses and industries must adopt new practices and processes in order to survive. Quality and cost control, work teams and participatory management, and an infusion of technology are transforming the way people work and do business. Employees are now expected to read, write, and communicate effectively; think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions; and interact with each other and the technologies in the workplace. Career-technical programs must also adopt these practices in order to provide graduates who can enter and advance in the changing work world. The curriculum framework in this document reflects these changes in the workplace and a number of other factors that impact local career-technical programs. The Dental Hygiene Technology Program is a general education and clinical dental hygiene experience to prepare one for a career in the dental hygiene profession. All phases of dental hygiene education are covered and practiced by clinical experience. CPR-Health Care Provider is a prerequisite for the program. The curriculum requires a minimum of 85 semester hours of study. The program requires 50 hours of dental hygiene courses, 32-33 academic hours leading to an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene, and an additional 3 hour elective. A graduate will be eligible to take the examination of the National Board of Dental Examiners as well as individual state board examinations for dental hygiene. Industry standards are taken from the Commission on Dental Accreditation's Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs (2011). Appended are: (1) Standards Based on the Commission on Dental Accreditation; (2) Related Academic Standards; and (3) 21st Century Skills. A list of suggested references is provided for each unit. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit; Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Technical Education
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi