DENH 610

Health Assessment and Oral Diagnostic Reasoning

4 Graduate credits
Effective August 22, 2009 – August 18, 2019

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This didactic and clinical course focuses on the significance of systemic and oral diseases and their connection to dental patients. Advanced dental therapy skills in patient examination, assessment, evaluation, and problem-oriented treatment planning in the context of collaborative management agreement authorization as well as dental consultations and referrals will be emphasized. This course develops a comprehensive, patient-centered, problem-solving approach to clinical assessment and treatment planning stressing the development of critical thinking and clinical judgment. Socio-cultural, familial, environmental, and developmental influences across the lifespan will be considered. In addition, emphasis is on health promotion, disease prevention, and the management of common oral health problems.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Science: Advanced Dental Therapy program.

Learning outcomes


  • Explore the role the process of treatment planning plays in the advanced dental therapy scope of practice.
  • Integrate appropriate data collection and assessment of findings into problem based care planning.
  • Engage in formulation of treatment plans within the context of collaborative management agreements and authorization by a dentist.
  • Prioritize patient care planning into logical sequence based on health status, chief concern, and actual/potential patient problems.
  • Incorporate patient education and prevention strategies to promote oral and general health.
  • Recognize the value of professional consultations and referrals to manage and facilitate patient care.
  • Incorporate appropriate medico-legal documentation into oral health practitioner practice.

Spring 2019

Section Title Instructor
01 Health Assessment and Oral Diagnostic Reasoning Jordan, An/Ohland, Ma Books Course details