How can dental hygiene schools add consistency to the curriculum?

September 12th, 2014

Organization and efficiency aren't the only benefits of utilizing dental hygiene academic software at universities. In the constantly evolving oral health industry, educators often struggle to reach a consensus on the best ways to both teach and train students to solve real-world dental hygiene problems. With the right software tools, administrators can incorporate more advanced faculty calibration procedures into the existing curriculum.

Different ways to achieve the same results
It's no secret that there is more than one way to perform routine dental hygiene procedures. In a presentation to the American Dental Education Association's 88th annual session in San Diego, California, Carolyn Ray, a dental hygiene professor at the University of Oklahoma, cited a handbook on calculus – or tartar – detection published in 1975 that admitted there is no single instrumentation technique that works best. In other words, dental hygiene professionals often have different methods for doing many of the same tasks.

This presents a problem for the oral health industry, especially as more people decide to pursue careers as dental hygienists. According to data from the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the number of educational problems in the oral hygiene field increased by nearly 66 percent in the last 25 years. Because there are often inconsistencies in each individual's formal education, graduates entering the workforce often find themselves working alongside professionals who are used to slightly different methods. If not managed correctly, these issues can lead to patient confusion. At the academic level, faculty members at individual schools may even experience difficulties come up with a uniform way to teach the basic tenets of the curriculum.

University management tools offer simple solutions
That's where faculty calibration comes in. Academic institutions can reverse the discrepancies in their programs by using dental hygiene school software to more effectively track grading, exams and performance. Specifically, professors can utilize these tools to measure and assess the way the entire organization is teaching fundamental skills. The stronger management tools educators have at their disposal, the more progress they will be able to achieve in fostering a solid educational foundation among future dental hygienists. Administrators at oral hygiene programs across the country have plenty of operational challenges. However, technology can assist these schools in adding credibility and accuracy to on-the-ground procedures. 

To learn more about how dental hygiene school software can help universities improve their faculty calibration efforts, join us for our "Dental School Faculty Calibration" webinar on Sept. 18. 

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