Clinical - Dental Hygienist IV Syllabus for 2021-2022
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West Campus Jones Hall 130

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 Monday 11 am - 3 pm, Wednesday  11 am - 3 pm, and Friday by appointment

 Appointments can be made at other times if needed.  Please contact me through email to set up a time.

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DHYG-2360-001 Clinical - Dental Hygienist IV


Prerequisites: DHYG 2260

Course Description

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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(3 sem hrs; 18 clinic)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Students MUST have the current edition of ALL required textbooks.

Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation, Jill Neild-Gehrig; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 8th Edition. (Available in Hard Copy Text)

Patient Assessment Tutorials: A Step-By-Step Guide for the Dental Hygienist, 3rd Edition, Jill Neild-Gehrig; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. (Available in Hard Copy Text)

Dental Hygiene Applications to Clinical Practice, Rachel Henry, Maria Perno Goldie, FA Davis (Available in E-book or Hard Copy Text)

Student Workbook to Accompany Dental Hygiene Applications to Clinical Practice, Rachel Henry, Maria Perno Goldie, FA Davis (Available in Hard Copy Text)

Health Professional and Patient Interaction, Ruth Purtilo, Amy Haddad, Regina Doherty; Elsevier, Saunders Publisher (Available in E-book or Hard Copy Text)

Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, Ruth B. Purtilo, Regina F. Doherty; Elsevier, Saunders Publisher (Available in E-book or Hard Copy Text)

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, Stanley F. Malamed, 7th Edition; Elsevier, Saunders Publisher (Available in E-book or Hard Copy Text)

Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program Manual will be available to you in Blackboard.


Technical Skills and Requirements

Students will need access to either a laptop or tablet for quizzes, assignments, and competencies. 

Students are required to have regular, reliable access to a stable internet connection. Students need to be proficient in sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading documents, and participating in discussion boards.

Computers can break, servers can crash, and electric power can go out.  It is your responsibility to identify solutions for unexpected catastrophes by thinking ahead about solutions to potential problems.  Possible solutions for each of the above scenarios include using a friend or relative's computer and accessing a computer in one of the computer labs on campus.  Students will be responsible for bringing their tablets to the clinic every session.  Please have the battery charged and ready to go.  Students will need to ensure that the Respondus Lockdown Browser has been installed on the computer.

Utilize CTL resources for technical help.  CTL Student Help Center:  (806) 371-5992 or


The best way to contact me is through your student email in Blackboard.  I will check my emails on Monday-Friday first thing in the morning and throughout the remainder of the day as time allows.  I will respond to your email within 24 hours.  Emails sent over the weekend will be answered the following Monday morning.  Please remember the use of netiquette when corresponding to faculty, staff, and peers.

Other Supplies

Each student will supply his/her own instruments and disposable products.

Library Card for AC and/or city library

Flash Drive (1)

Students may be required to print some materials.

Student Performance

Course Meeting Days and Times

Clinic (Jones Hall, Dental Clinic Room 112)

  • Monday: 8:00am-11:00am; 12:20pm-3:20pm.
  • Tuesday: 12:20pm-3:20pm.
  • Wednesday: 18:00am-11:00am; 12:20pm-3:20pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am-11:00am; 12:20pm-3:20pm.
  • Friday: 8:00am-11:00am

Morning Report (Rm 111)

  • Tuesdays 8:00am-11:00am

Additional Faculty

  • Ashlie Lang RDH
  • Gaby Barba RDH
  • Lorri Bagwell RDH, MBA
  • Donna Cleere RDH, M.Ed.
  • Folger Vallette DDS
  • Rick Dunham DDS
  • Mike Henderson DDS
  • John Sparkman DDS
  • Jessica Ayres RDH, M.S.
  • Mitzi Leonard RDH
  • Rachel Rubalcaba RDH
  • Lynette Hayhurst RDH, BS

Clinical Dental Hygiene

Clinical Dental Hygiene is the portion of the dental hygiene curriculum focused on developing the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills necessary for the delivery of preventive, educational, and therapeutic services to the public.  The delivery of patient-centered  comprehensive care is accomplished through adherence to the process of care:  assessment of patient needs, formulation of a dental hygiene diagnosis, planning for the prevention and treatment of oral disease, implementation of various dental hygiene interventions (services) and evaluation of both the patient and practitioner efforts and oral health outcomes.  The patient care experiences are required for all students in order to attain clinical competence and complete the dental hygiene program.  This education is provided in the program's clinical facilities as defined in the Accreditation Standards and is supervised and evaluated by program faculty according to predetermined criteria.

End-of-Course Outcomes

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. The instructor's primary role will be to function as a facilitator to aid the student through functional assessment and quality patient-centered treatment of clients. Clinic IV is the bridging course from the academic clinical environment to entry to the profession. This competency-based clinical course uses the process of care model of assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Critical thinking skills, time management, and self-assessment are emphasized for the practical application of dental hygiene theory. Patient cases include medically compromised, advanced complex treatment cases, pediatric and special needs populations. In the clinical setting, students will serve as patients for their classmates, complete manikin exercises, treat all patients without discrimination, and attend all assigned rotations.

Method of Instruction

In the clinic setting the ratio of faculty to students never exceeds 1:5.  Individual feedback will be provided for the students verbally and in TalEval and Blackboard.   Direct observation will be utilized through process performance evaluations, while indirect observation will be used in end-product evaluations.

Morning Report will be held on Fridays from 6pm-9pm to allow discussion of clinical issues and present additional clinical procedures and materials as well as review previously presented procedures/materials.  The forum setting is mandatory.  You will be counted absent for the entire day if you do not attend clinic forums.  You will also be counted absent if you are not present when the roll is called.  Student input is encouraged.  See course calender for dates

Clinical Dental Hygiene:  Primary Educational Goals

Clinical dental hygiene experience provides preventive and therapeutic care according to the process of care: 

  • assessment 
  • dental hygiene diagnosis
  • planning
  • implementation 
  • evaluation
  • documentation (including electronic health records)

This requires critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making skills that guide the provision of dental hygiene care within a focused scope of practice.  Upon the completion of the clinical curriculum, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the process of care to preventive and therapeutic oral health management to a diverse patient population.
  • Assess and analyze objective and subjective patient findings to formulate an evidence-based, patient-centered dental hygiene diagnosis.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate intervention strategies that will promote and maintain oral health including oral self-care behaviors.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and skill in applying dental hygiene methodology of care.
  • Apply the principles of professional and ethical behavior in providing care to individuals of all populations.

Special Learning Objectives

  1. A comprehensive collection of data, and assess a comprehensive health history, including social history.
  2. Perform and record extraoral and intraoral examinations, clinical and radiographic assessment of the periodontium and dentition, and assessment of occlusion.  
  3. Assess the need for, expose, develop, evaluate and interpret dental radiographs to support the clinical examination.
  4. Expose, assess and transmit intraoral photography.
  5. Formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis and supportive dental hygiene treatment plan.
  6. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a dental hygiene treatment plan for the prevention and/or treatment plan for the prevention of oral diseases.
  7. Assess the need for and perform a periodontal risk assessment, initial and supportive therapies.
  8. Assess the need for and perform therapeutic hand and ultrasonic periodontal debridement therapies.
  9. Perform care and maintenance of procedures for dental implants.
  10. Assess the need for and perform extrinsic stain removal procedures.
  11. Assess the need for and apply adjunctive topical chemotherapeutic and controlled released agents.
  12. Assess the need for and apply pain and anxiety management strategies.
  13. Assess the caries risk and plan appropriate interventions and therapies.
  14. Assess the need for and application of professional topical fluorides and/or self-applied fluoride.
  15. Apply principles of nutritional and/or tobacco cessation counseling to the management of oral and systemic health.
  16. Assess the need for and place pit and fissure sealants.
  17. Assess, plan and perform patient oral self-care education.
  18. Apply standard precautions for the prevention of disease transmission.
  19. Follow all state and federal regulatory requirements when rendering patient care.
  20. Apply principles of comprehensive record keeping.
  21. Apply principles of professional and ethical behavior.
  22. Apply principles of evidence-based decision-making.
  23. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills when providing patient care.
  24. Demonstrate professional communication skills in all aspects of patient care that includes interacting with diverse populations and other members of the health care team.
  25. Demonstrate concern and understanding of a variety of patient needs to be based on overall health, oral health, cultural, social, and economic circumstances.
  26. Recognize those patients whose medical, physical, psychological, or social situations make it necessary to modify normal dental routines in order to provide dental treatment for that individual.  These individuals include, but are not limited to, people with developmental disabilities, complex medical problems, and significant physical limitations.
  27. Obtain informed consent by discussing with the patient his/her oral health findings, goals and comprehensive treatment needs.  Patients that are accepted for dental hygiene care must be advised of the scope of dental hygiene care available in the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic.
  28. Recommend a re-care schedule for continued supportive care.
  29. Recommend referral for additional assessment and/or treatment.
  30. Assess overall patient satisfaction with the care provided.
  31. Self-assess ability to perform dental hygiene services at a high standard of care.
  32. Value patient confidentiality and patient rights according to HIPAA guidelines.
  33. Evaluate the relevancy and accuracy of new information in order to provide evidence-based client care.
  34. Accept constructive criticism and peer review as a learning experience that contributes to professional knowledge and growth.
  35. Apply basic, dental and behavioral sciences to clinical practice.
  36. Use the dental hygiene process of care to render comprehensive preventative oral health services.
  37. Demonstrate appropriate time management strategies when rendering dental hygiene services to patients.
  38. Demonstrate clinical emergency medical protocol procedures.
  39. Comply with the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for the prevention of disease transmission during the rendering of dental hygiene services to patients.
  40. Provide specialized treatment that includes preventative and therapeutic services designed to achieve and maintain oral health and assist in helping the patient formulate and achieve oral health goals.
  41. Evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of dental hygiene services and make modifications as needed.
  42. Demonstrate accurate, consistent and complete documentation skills.
  43. Evaluate the effectiveness of sterilization procedures, and identify and demonstrate the need for accurate documentation, i.e. biological indicators.
  44. Develop awareness and sensitivity for the scope of health and dental health needs in the community.
  45. Provide dental hygiene services to an under-served population.
  46. Observe and appreciate the role of dental support staff in managing patient communication and care.
  47. Develop an appreciation for the different roles and responsibilities of each person within a private practice, and how they work together for the successful management of the office.
  48. Recognize, experience, and understand the role of the front office/receptionist, and their function in the dental setting, to include phone skills, greeting patients, scheduling, and using EagleSoft, Operadds, to create treatment plans. 

Emergency Management: In the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic we have medical emergency management procedures and safety policies.  Please refer to the program manual for further detail regarding these procedures and policies.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

The Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program has specific policies that apply to student conduct within the program. These policies may be implied or written.The course syllabi and the program manual are sources for specific student conduct policies for dental hygiene students at Amarillo College.

Professional Standards

All dental hygiene students are expected to demonstrate professionalism in behavior, manner, and judgment in the dental hygiene clinic and voluntary clinical enrichment rotations. The area of professionalism includes appearance, asepsis, patient management, peer, faculty and staff interaction, and documentation. Guidelines for professionalism and professional appearances are discussed in the AC Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual.  Professionalism will be evaluated on a continual basis.

Students will exhibit professional maturity and an acceptable level of clinical judgment as determined by the clinical faculty. Unprofessional behavior will be documented in written form by the faculty to the Clinic Coordinator. Unprofessional behavior may be defined as a continual pattern of misconduct and/or an egregious act that endangers the health of the patients, students, faculty, and/or College. Egregious acts also include violations of the Texas Dental Hygiene Practice Act and falsification of patient records and/or faculty signatures.

Students must be competent in the application of the principles of ethical reasoning, ethical decision-making and professional responsibility as they pertain to patient care. Dental hygienists should understand and practice ethical behavior consistent with the professional code of ethics throughout their educational experiences. The following are examples which are considered professional standards.   These are representative examples and may not be all-inclusive.  For maximum learning to occur, the student is expected to demonstrate professional conduct and judgment at all times.

  • A student is concerned with excellence in learning rather than just meeting minimal criteria.
  • Student maintains his/her composure, dealing with conflict in a constructive way.
  • Student exhibits an attitude of respect for classmates, faculty, and staff. 
  • If a student has a conflict with a grade given by the instructor, the student must follow the outlined grievance procedure. 
  • Faculty will not change a grade given to a student from another faculty member.

Safety: Individual Responsibility

This course supports the Amarillo College policies regarding responsibility for a safe environment.

Amarillo College is in compliance with environmental, health, and safety regulations, and therefore requires that all AC employees, students, and visitors comply to maintain a safe environment:

  • Report hazardous conditions and safety concerns immediately to their supervisors, instructors, staff, and/or emergency management personnel, as appropriate.
  • Abide by safe practices and procedures established by the College.
  • Adhere to and cooperate fully with all local, state, and federal regulations concerning environmental, health, and safety issues.
  • Take action to resolve safe workplace issues when appropriate.

Statement of Confidentiality

Confidentiality is the duty owed by dental hygiene professionals, including students enrolled in Dental Hygiene accredited programs, to protect the privacy of all patient information.  Dental Hygiene professionals must keep MEDICAL and PERSONAL information about patients in the strictest confidence at all times.  Unless disclosure is mandated by patient consent, statute, a duty to inform third parties, or special circumstances, dental hygiene professionals have a clear duty to maintain the confidentiality of all patient information.

Breach of the duty to hold such information in the strictest confidence may cause liability for the individual student such as fines, imprisonment, and dismissal from the program.  In the professional "Code of Ethics", the American Dental Hygienists' Association Code of Ethics for Dental Hygienists has published the following statement which all dental hygiene professionals (including students) must always follow :

"We respect the confidentiality of client information and relationships as a demonstration of the value we place on individual autonomy.  We acknowledge our obligation to justify any violation of confidence."

Instructor Help and Student Participation

It is very important that you seek faculty input regarding your performance so that you may:

  • Gain confidence in your performance
  • Identify problem areas and determine methods for correcting deficiencies
  • Attain competence in your clinical skills

All students are considered mature enough to seek faculty assistance and to monitor their own progress.  Please meet with your assigned instructor or Clinic Coordinator as soon as possible if you have any questions or difficulties in this course.  The faculty is committed to supporting your success; please remember, however, that you are the only person who can make us aware that you need assistance.

Clinical Collaboration  As a student in the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Program faculty input is invaluable.  The clinical faculty works together as a team to assist students with clinical skills, patient experiences, and clinical grades.  The clinical faculty meets to calibrate and evaluate student achievement to assist students with clinical skills.

Mandatory Skills Building/Tutoring  In an effort to increase student success in DHYG courses, and to assist students having difficulty understanding complex subject areas, any student who scores below a 75% on any exam (excluding the final exam) must complete a mandatory skills building assignment before taking the next exam.  Before receiving a skills assignment, you must first schedule a time with the instructor.  The assignment will be given at that time.

Clinic Remediation Policy  Remediation defined is the act or process of remedying.  Students should not fear this word or this policy.  Remediation is available to address calculus removal, calculus detection, tissue trauma, radiographs, instrument selection, hand instrumentation, ultrasonic instrumentation, environment, probing, fulcrum, grasp, and adaptation.  Students may also request this from a clinical instructor and an instructor may request this for a student as well.  All skill evaluations including Mock Boards will require a 75% to achieve Mastery.  If 75% is not achieved remediation will be mandatory to demonstrate competency.  The initial grade will stand.  The Clinical Instructor will fill out a Student Remediation Form and the student will sign upon completion.

Course Failure-Remediation Policy

No “I”s can be given the final semester.  If an “I” was received in the (spring) semester, it must be removed by the date given on the Incomplete form.  If you fail to remove the “I” grade from your record in the allotted time, a grade of “F” will be posted automatically.  

The Clinic Manual

The Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual contains information pertaining to but not limited to the following:

  • Our Program’s Mission/Goals/Philosophy
  • Clinic Curriculum 
  • Code of Ethics
  • Standards for Professional Responsibility
  • Bloodborne Infectious Diseases
  • Clinic Operations
  • Professional Appearance Standards
  • Clinic Rotations
  • Emergency Management
  • Infection Control
  • Hazard Communication Policy
  • Competencies

Electronic and Recording Devices

Cell phones are prohibited in this course to maximize learning.

If a student is caught with a cell phone in hand,  in a uniform pocket, or the clinic bay, actively texting, talking, or surfing the internet during a clinic session. In that case, the student will immediately be dismissed from the Clinic and receive a grade of "0" for the patient session or rotation and an absence for the day.   Cell phones in the hallways outside the clinic bays, on all rotations, and anywhere in the Clinic are also not allowed.   The only approved area for cell phone use is in the locker room before or after the Clinic.  Those students who have children or who anticipate an emergency should give caretakers and family members the Office Supervisor's phone number  (806-354-6050) or the Clinic supervisor at 467-4099 and have calls directed to her first.  The office supervisor will act accordingly to inform the student. 

Your children will not be allowed in the Clinic.  Please, no exceptions.

TalEval & Blackboard:  Students can communicate with clinical faculty and check their progress in the clinic through the web-based system TalEval. Blackboard is a web-based learning management system provided by Amarillo College.  Students can access their grades through Blackboard as well as many resources for this course. 

TalEval Bonus Points:  A prior passing minimum average of 75% must be achieved in either TalEval A or B in order for bonus points to be added to a students TalEval.  

Mailboxes:  Each student is assigned a mailbox located inside the student locker room.  Students are required to check his/her mailbox daily for various communication from the faculty. Faculty will also correspond via email and announcements on Amarillo College Blackboard.

Bulletin Board:  First and second-year dental hygiene students have designated areas on a common bulletin board inside the student locker room where various announcements may be posted.

Emergency Contacts:  Phone numbers that family members may use to reach a student in case of an  emergency are as follows:

  • Dental Clinic Office Supervisor:   (806) 354-6050
  • Amarillo College Police:   (806) 371-5163

Academic Grievance Procedure

A student who has a grievance concerning an academic course in which they are enrolled is directed to appeal in the following order to the:  (1)  Instructor  (2)  Clinic Coordinator   (3)  Department Chair/Program Director  (4) Associate Dean of Health Sciences   (5)  Dean of Health SciencesAssociate  (6)   Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs  (7)   Vice President of Academic Affairs  (8)  College President.

Grading Criteria

General Clinic Guidelines

Please see the Grading Criteria in the Amarillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic Manual Regarding TalEval Grading System.  You may also refer to for more information.

Although the Department of Dental Hygiene maintains a system for recalling patients and providing maintenance oral hygiene care, students will be responsible for recruiting new patients to  the Dental Hygiene Clinic who will meet the student's needs for various dental hygiene requirements.  Additionally students will be expected to recruit and maintain a list of potential patients, who are available and willing to make an appointment on short notice.  Students will also be required to select a patient who meets the criteria for CRDTS or another regional clinical board in order to pursue licensure to practice dental hygiene.

  • It is important that each student understands the necessity for taking a proactive and responsible role in obtaining his/her education.  Your signature on the "syllabus documentation form" is evidence of the fact that you understand your responsibility in recruiting the type(s) of patients you will need to complete requirements/competencies in order to graduate from the Dental Hygiene Program at Amarillo College.
  • In a competency based clinical system dental hygiene students are expected to demonstrate the mastery of skills along a progressive continuum toward entry-level competence.  Once you have demonstrated mastery of a skill your are expected to maintain that level of mastery.  Each skill assessment serves as the foundation for your continued skill development.  Therefore your maintenance of the base skills will be evaluated on a continual basis.
  • Clinic IV has competency evaluations, and screening evaluations that will be evaluated in blackboard. 
  • Sealant placement will be graded as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. 
  • Radiographs will be graded as outlined in the Program Manual, and must be critiqued at the time of the appointment and submitted to the clinical instructor at the end of the appointment.   All x-rays must be graded by an instructor. 
  • Clinic requirements must be completed by the final clinic day of the semester.  A student who does not complete all clinic requirements in Clinic IV by the final clinic day will not be allowed to graduate.
  • The course will also consist of quizzes and other online assignments.  Quizzes may or may not be announced in advance. 
  • Critical errors may drop a student's grade.  Examples of critical errors may include:  breach of infection control, critical Medical History error, dismissing or re-appointing a patient without faculty approval, unprofessional conduct toward a patient, student, or faculty/staff member, a breach of confidentiality, scheduling a fictitious patient(s) or phone number (s), canceling or moving a patient without the patient's permission and or faculty member, failure to accept a patient assignment from the front office supervisor and/or faculty, clocking in or out of the clinic/lab for a classmate.  

Minimum Number of Successful (75% or greater) Learning Experiences Required for Clinic IV:

Clinic IV Requirements

Minimum Number of Required Case Types:



Case Type A

Perio I-IV



Case Type B

Perio I-IV



Case Type C

Perio III-IV



Case Type D

Perio III-IV




Minimum Number of Patient Care Experiences:



Child Patient (0-9)



Adolescent Patient (age 10-19)



Adult Patient (age 20 and 64)



Geriatric Patient (age 65 and up)



Special Needs Patient




Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Services


Rapid A's (1 Required)  
Hand Instrumentation Only (1 Required)  
Accelerated Hygiene (2 Required)  
Sharpening Competency (1 Required)  
Air Handy Competency (1 Required)  
Piezo Competency (1 Required)  
Periodontal Maintenance (2 Required)  
Sealants (8 Required)  
Clinical Screening Assessment (5 Required)  






4 Required


FMX (partially edentulous)

1 Required


FMX (child)

1 Required


FMX (mixed dentition)

1 Required


Horozontal BWX, 2 PA’s

8 Required


Vertical BWX

2 Required



5 Required




Other Additional Requirements


Case Presentation


Mock Board Experience


Ethics Chapters (10,11,12)


Professionalism Chapters (10,11)


Medical Emergencies (22,23,24,25,26)




The final course grade will be computed as follows:

A = 93-100%

B = 83-92%

C = 75- 82%

F = Below 75%

Note:  A grade of "D" is not possible in this course

Periodontal Maintenance of Oral and Perio Status (must be a moderate or severe periodontal classification.)   You must have completed the scaling and root planing of at least two quadrants within the last month.  Complete the Perio Exam in Eagle Soft which includes noting all periodontal readings, bleeding, suppuration, furcation involvement, mobility, clinical attachment loss (CAL), clinical descriptors, and periodontal diagnosis.

Mock Board Patient Experience with CRDTS Exam Criteria. This patient must qualify for CRDTS criteria to count toward competency.  In order for you to count the Mock Board Patient Experience as a competency, the patient MUST meet Board Criteria and the student must achieve a minimum of 75% on the skill evaluation. If your grade falls below a 75% on the Mock Board Exam, you will be required to remediate on a clinical patient (preferably the same patient) by July 1,2022. 

Ethics, Professionalism All Assigned Chapters and Tests will be due on Due Date: July 1,2022. 

Medical Emergencies  All Assigned Chapters and Tests will be due on Due Date: July 1,2022. 

Case Presentation   The rubric for this project is available on Blackboard.  Due Date: July 1,2022. 

AC Dental Hygiene Rotation Assignments:

  • Office Assistant
  • Dental Assistant (Float)


The process of sterilization will be the responsibility of all students.  Students are expected to work as a team at the beginning of clinic and at the end of each session.

Screening Assessment:

The screening assessment will be Evaluated as a patient care experience in Blackboard at the end of each appointment.  X-rays will be graded separately.

Clinical Competency is obtained successfully by completing procedures in the following categories:

Patient Treatment/TalEval IVA                                                


Patient Treatment/TalEval IVB                                                


Screening Assessments                                                           




Mock Board/Case Presentation                               




Make Up Policy

A student will not be allowed to make up quizzes or online assignments.  A zero will be given for each missed quiz or online assignment. 

Radiograph Procedures:

Panoramic Images (Competency Level of 75% or above)  Radiographs will be graded as outlined in the Program Manual.  Radiographs must be critiqued at the appointment time and due at the appointment's end. 

Full Mouth Series (FMX) Images (Competency Level of 75% or above)  Radiographs will be graded as outlined in the Program Manual.  Radiographs must be critiqued at the appointment time and due at the appointment's end. 

Horizontal Bitewing & 2 Anterior PA Images (Competency Level of 75% or above)  Radiographs will be graded as outlined in the Program Manual.  Radiographs must be critiqued at the appointment time and due at the appointment's end. 

Vertical Bitewing Image Series Competency Level of 75% or above)  Radiographs will be graded as outlined in the Program Manual.  Radiographs must be critiqued at the appointment time and due at the appointment's end. 

Students will take radiographs in Screening Rotations and Clinical Care.  These radiographs must also attain a Competency Level of 75% or above.  Radiographs will be graded as outlined in the Program Manual.  Radiographs must be critiqued and self-assessed at the appointment time and due at the appointment's end. 

Journaling: You will be responsible for journaling after every assigned clinical session. Journaling is mandatory in this course and will go towards the quiz grade.


Less than 90% attendance of class or lab may result in failure of the course.  Students are responsible for reporting to the clinic on time and in compliance with clinical attire. Students are required to complete 100% of clinical hours. Clinical experience is an essential component of student success; absenteeism jeopardizes the completion of the course. Clinical absences must be reported to the clinic coordinator prior to clinic. Failure to notify the clinical coordinator prior to clinic may result in failure of the course. Students who arrive late to the clinic may be asked to leave as arrival time is necessary to provide appropriate patient care, which also applies to leaving early.  Clinical absences will be made up at the discretion of the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the respective instructor regarding make-up assignments. Failure to do so will result in failure to meet the course outcomes. After an illness, a physician's statement may be required. Clinic Attendance is tracked through Eaglesoft.  Students are expected to clock in and out independently. 

A student will receive 1 bonus point to the final clinic grade for perfect attendance, with a prior passing minimum average of 75%.

Eaglesoft Time Management

The clinic supervisor, Mrs. Leonard, monitors student time in Eaglesoft.  Students must log in to the computer no later than 30 minutes prior to clinic start time and log out no earlier than the clinic end time. (One exception is when there is a clinic morning and afternoon session in one day; after lunch, the student must log back in no later than 12:10 pm.)  Students that have made technical errors in Eaglesoft will need to email Mrs. Leonard and request a correction.  You are allowed five corrections in a semester before receiving an absence for the sixth correction.   Also, students who leave early without special permission from a faculty member will be counted as absent for the day. 

Reporting an Absence:  Immediately email Mrs. Chisum (Clinic Coordinator) and CC (copy) to the email Mrs. Leonard (Clinic Supervisor) and Ms. Rubalcaba (the Office Supervisor).


Your individual student schedule with clinical times and rotations is in Blackboard.





Week 1



8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm



8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


May 25th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


May 26th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


May 27 Clinical Patient Care


Week 2




May 31st Morning Report  

May 31st Clinical Patient Care




June 1st Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 2nd Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 3rd Clinical Patient Care


Week 3


June 6th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 7th Morning Report

June 7th Clinical Patient Care




June 8th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 9th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 10th Clinical Patient Care


Week 4


June 13th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 14 Morning Report

June 14 Clinical Patient Care




June 15th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 16 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 17th Clinical Patient Care


Week 5


June 20th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 21 Morning Report

June 21 Clinical Patient Care




June 22 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 23 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 24th Clinical Patient Care


Week 6


June 27th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 28st Morning Report

June 28st Clinical Patient Care




June 29 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


June 30 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 1st  Clinical Patient Care


Week 7




July 5 Morning Report

July 5th Clinical Patient Care




July 6th Clinical Paitent Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 7th Clinicial Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 8th Clinical Patient Care


Week 8


July 11th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 12th Morning Report

July 12th Clinical Patient Care




July 13th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 14 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 15th Clinical Patient Care


Week 9


July 18th Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 19 Morning Report

July 19h Clinical Patient Care




July 20 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm


July 21 Clinical Patient Care

8-11am, 12:20-3:20pm

Additional Information

This website was created to assist Amarillo employees and students.  Many times, students come to us with individual concerns/situations that need to be addressed in order for the student to be successful in school.

This website can be used to find those needed resources for our students and their families.  Feel free to copy any of this information for a student and to refer students as needed.

Our goal is to provide as much information as possible for employees and students to be able to access campus and community resources when needed.  There are many more resources in this community that are not listed on these pages.  Some of these agencies and programs will change; so if you call and cannot get assistance or cannot access a broken link, please contact me for more updated information.

This website will be updated as often as possible; therefore most will be current.  If the resources listed do not serve the needs you have or if you have any questions concerning this website, please call or email:  Jordan Herrera, LMSW, Coordinator of Social Services, 806-371-5439,


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01/21/22 1:17 PM

Last Edited on:

05/23/22 4:17 PM