Metropolitan State University

DENH 610 : Health Assessment and Oral Diagnostic Reasoning

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
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.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/22/2009 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Explore the role the process of treatment planning plays in the advanced dental therapy scope of practice.
  2. Engage in formulation of treatment plans within the context of collaborative management agreements and authorization by a dentist.
  3. Integrate appropriate data collection and assessment of findings into problem based care planning.
  4. Prioritize patient care planning into logical sequence based on health status, chief concern, and actual/potential patient problems.
  5. Incorporate patient education and prevention strategies to promote oral and general health.
  6. Recognize the value of professional consultations and referrals to manage and facilitate patient care.
  7. Incorporate appropriate medico-legal documentation into oral health practitioner practice.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Prerequisite: Admission to the Master of Science: Advanced Dental Therapy program.
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