Analysis of Student Outcome and Goal Achievement 10
Program Assessment 10
Evidence of Student Learning 10
DENT 164 – PLO 2 (fall 2012) 10
DENT 152 – PLO 1 (spring 2013) 12
CASLO Analysis – Written Communication 13
Expected Level of Achievement 15
Industry Validation 16
Program Plans and Goals 17
Planning and Policy Considerations 18
Budgetary Considerations 18
Engaged Community 19
Recognize and Support Best Practices 20
2012-2013 Community Experts who Share Their Expertise 21
Student Survey of iPad/ Livetext Initiative (spring 2013) 23
2012-2013 Employer Survey 28
2012-2013 Student Exit Survey 29
2012-2013 Community Service Events 32
Carl D. Perkins Industry Validation Advisory Committee
Approval by UHMC Dental Advisory Board members 35
Rubric for Evaluating Outcome and Goal Achievement
Degree Program Review Assessment Rubric
Degree Program Review Examples of Evidence
DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM REVIEW
Program Mission Statement
The University of Hawai‘i Maui College Dental Assisting Program is dedicated to educating and preparing dental assisting leaders for careers in a diverse and changing health care environment and providing a liberal education as well as outstanding clinical experiences.
The curriculum reflects the core values of the dental profession in private and public health settings. The program is committed to creating a humanistic, educational environment that will facilitate the development of responsible, ethical, oral health professionals who are sensitive to patient needs and competent in all areas of dental assisting. The program strives to produce graduates who are confident and compassionate in their profession and competent in self-assessment in preparation for lifelong learning.
Educational and clinical services provided by dental assisting students include dental health education, disease prevention, and promoting the highest standards of oral health care for a diverse population of patients.
The University of Hawai‘i Maui College Dental Assisting Program began in fall 2002 in response to community need for dental auxiliaries (dental assistants and dental hygienists) and an urgent need to increase the number of oral health providers in Maui County. Dental care and oral health are priorities of the Surgeon General and the Hawai‘i Health Department. Hawai‘i is below the national average for access to oral health care. Lorrin Pang, M.D., Maui County Health Officer estimates 33 percent of Maui County residents do not have adequate access to dental health care. The issues are complex and include lack of public water fluoridation, inadequate reimbursement for dental care, and shortage of dental auxiliaries. Generally, the neighbor islands, where the rates of poverty, lack of insurance, and Medicaid coverage are highest, have greater needs and fewer available dentists than O’ahu. The entire island of Maui is recognized by the federal government as a Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas and continues to need qualified dental assisting professionals.
The UH Maui College’s Dental Assisting Program is a two-semester program that provides students with the skills needed to succeed in the dental profession. Accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA), the Dental Assisting Program offers classroom instruction and hands-on clinical training at the Maui Oral Health Center and private dental offices on Maui.
Demand health call for the UH Maui College Dental Assisting Program is Healthy. 100% of the 18 2013 Dental Assisting graduates are working in dental offices and/or attending or pursuing admittance to the UHMC Dental Hygiene Program. 14 of the18 total students are employed in a dental office, working as a dental assistant. Two students are enrolled in the UH Maui College Dental Hygiene Program and two students are pursuing admittance in the UH Maui College Dental Hygiene Program, taking pre-requisite courses in preparation to apply. Student employment placement and demand has remained steady and all UH Maui College Dental Assisting Program graduates were able to secure dental jobs.
Efficacy health call for the UH Maui College Dental Assisting Program is Healthy. The Dental Assisting Program has maintained a high number of qualified applicants due to determined promotion at monthly general orientation meetings advertised in the local newspaper, a high school career-shadowing program, high school career fairs, and dental program orientations at local high schools and at UH Maui College.
Due to American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA) accreditation requirements, the maximum class size is 18 students. There is only one full-time faculty member.
Number of qualified applicants
Number of students starting fall semester in DA program
(Maximum capacity is 18 students)
Budget constraints and lack of clinical space has been a weakness for the Dental Assisting Program. The program completes pre-clinical and clinical requirements at the Maui Oral Health Center. The UH Maui College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs, Lutheran Medical Residency Program, and the Maui Oral Health Center share 7 operatories at an off-campus site. Clinical courses have been arranged to accommodate the 18 students in the 4 operatories allotted to us by dividing the class into 2 groups. The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADACODA) requires a 1:6 instructor to student ratio in all pre-clinical and clinical sections. These requirements lead to high lecturer costs. The program is working on acquiring another faculty member and a larger clinical facility.
The UH Maui College Dental Advisory Committee and industry employers require dental assistants to be trained in the most current technology and equipment. Local dentists and dental supply companies have donated needed equipment and materials, grants have been secured, and students are assessed a supply fee. Despite these efforts, there remains major equipment and supply costs. Dental materials are costly and perishable.
The UH Maui College Dental Assisting program looks forward to the remodel of the existing Noi‘i building, with an estimated move in date of spring 2015. This facility will allow the UH Maui College Dental Assisting and Hygiene Programs to share 10 operatories, allowing increased space and time in the clinical area and efficiency in utilizing our lecturers.