Educational Format for Development of Dental Hygiene Clinical Skills
Students as Partners
Throughout the two-year dental hygiene curriculum, students are periodically required to be “patients” to a student partner. Student partners practice dental hygiene procedures on each other, except for radiographic procedures.
Students have specific patient cases that are required throughout the curriculum. The Harper College Dental Hygiene program provides students some patients through the clinical recall system and advertisements mechanisms. However, it is the student’s responsibility, not the program, to recruit enough patients to fulfill clinical requirement.