The outcome measures used to assess the effectiveness of the revised course were student end-of-semester course evaluations, graduating senior survey results, student course performance, and National Board examination performance.
Ideally, graduates should have the ability to collaborate with diverse teams to provide competent, high-quality, evidence-based care.
Faculty members at the UMKCSOD provide the majority of instruction in the dental hygiene curriculum; however, basic science instruction is provided by another academic unit.
This creates many challenges to integration between basic and clinical sciences education.
An attempt was made to weave in practical application and relevance to the practice of dental hygiene to supplement the content found in the chemistry textbook.
Six modules were developed: 1) Chemistry Foundation (this module provides a refresher of prerequisite chemistry coursework concepts and a foundation for the following modules); 2) Organic Chemistry Foundation; 3) Organic Compounds: Carbohydrates, Carboxylic Acids and Esters, Lipids, Amines, and Amides; 4) Macromolecules: Proteins, Enzymes, Nucleic Acids, and Protein Synthesis; 5) Metabolism and Energy Production; and 6) Integration/Application of Biochemistry Principles.