Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs is an online, web-based course for dentists, dental hygienists, dental students, dental hygiene and dental assisting students interested in caring for individuals with special needs. This course was developed by the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific Center for Special Care under the direction of Dr. Paul Glassman and Ms. Christine Miller. The course is designed to inform the learner about the dental needs and ways to effectively provide oral health services to individuals with special needs, the issues faced in oral health challenges, disease prevention strategies and various effective dental treatment modalities.
There are opportunities to integrate this type of education into student and professional education. Upon completion of training, your students or team members will be able to
Within the online didactic curriculum, there are seventeen learning modules, each with its own self-assessment quiz. Each module covers a separate subject area and may be studied independently of the other modules; however, the instructor may choose to assign sets of modules to be studied together. Topics include
Each module presents information in the following format:
Pacific provides the course through Pacific's learning management system for a fee. Pacific will assign a faculty member or dental director from your institution as an administrator/instructor to the course in Sakai. This will allow the instructor to access student grades, monitor the discussion board and post announcements. Pacific will assist in making the materials available, enrolling students and instructors into the course, and providing technical support. Students and faculty will have access to the Sakai materials for one year.
The fee is dependent upon the number of faculty and students who will be participating in the course. It is Pacific's goal to keep the cost to users reasonably priced to encourage maximum use. Please contact Marceyl Jones to discuss the fee.
If you're interested in the course, please contact:
Marceyl Jones, Administrator
(Please reference "Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs Distance Education Course" in your email subject)