Oral Health Care for People with Special Needs — Dental Hygiene Modules is an online, web-based course for use with faculty-led dental hygiene education programs. This course specializes in teaching dental hygiene students about caring for people with special needs. Developed by the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, this course is designed to inform the learner about the dental needs of individuals with special needs, ways to effectively provide oral health services to them, 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, Canvas, for a fee. Pacific will assign a faculty member or dental director from your institution as an administrator/instructor to the course in Canvas. 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 Canvas 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 Pacific Center to discuss the fee.
If you're interested in the course, please contact:
Pacific Center for Special Care
(Please reference "Oral Health Care for People with Special Needs Dental Hygiene Modules" in your email subject)