Health Sciences

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Dental Assisting

Students will be able to:
  • demonstrate the importance of good oral hygiene habits to patients
  • recommend strategies to enable patients to provide better home care for themselves
  • recognize difference in individual patient abilities to properly care for their teeth
  • arrange the correct armamentarium for patient treatment during a specific procedure
  • differentiate between esthetic and restorative treatment procedures
  • demonstrate proper film placement techniques for intra and extra oral films
  • prepare the dental treatment room for patient care
  • apply proper seating and greeting techniques for each patient
  • distinguish between normal and pathological abnormalities of the oral structures
  • perform extraoral tissue examinations
  • translate dental terminology to layman’s term for patient discussion
  • demonstrate the ability to obtain patient’s current nutritional habits
  • advise the patient on proper nutritional needs and the dental benefits of a healthy diet

Dental Hygiene

Students will be able to:
  • provide accurate, consistent and complete documentation for assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene services
  • respect the goals, values, beliefs and preferences of clients while promoting optimal oral and general health
  • work effectively as a team member, and take a leadership role in encouraging interdisciplinary health care
  • consult with professional colleagues using appropriate medical/dental terminology
  • critically analyze research and apply it to dental hygiene practice
  • use critical thinking, problem solving and ethical decision-making in the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene services
  • recognize emergency situations and respond effectively
  • critically analyze research and apply it to dental hygiene practice
  • demonstrate skill in using computers, written and graphic resources to research evidence based, health related information
  • present educational information to clients and professional colleagues utilizing a variety of appropriate audio-visual aids and technology
  • utilize appropriate computational skills to help perform dental hygiene services
  • apply ethical principles as outlined in the professional code of ethics of the American Dental Hygienists Association to his/her personal life and to the practice of dental hygiene
  • develop multiple strategies to continue his/her education, to stay current with contemporary practices and to further personal and professional development
  • assume responsibility for dental hygiene actions and care based on accepted scientific theories and research as well as the accepted standard of care
  • differentiate between normal and non-normal structures of the head, neck and oral cavity
  • provide care to all patients using an individualized approach that is humane, empathetic and caring and ensures the confidentiality of client information
  • consult with other professionals as needed to help ensure healthcare is comprehensive
  • work with individuals and communities and to improve oral and general health
  • advance the profession through service activities and affiliations with professional organizations

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Student Learning Outcomes:

 Students will be knowledgeable in their field:

  • Students will have the general and sonographic knowledge to function as a member of the healthcare team in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Students will be able to collect and interpret data from charts and patients and use sound judgment to recommend appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures

Students will be clinically proficient:

  • Students will be able to perform a broad range of general sonographic examinations and up-to-date sonographic procedures
  • Students will be able to perform patient assessment and integrate clinical history, related imaging studies, and interpret diagnostic procedures

Students will model professionalism:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • Students will conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner and function effectively as a member of the healthcare team

The program’s effectiveness is assessed by measuring the following: course pass rate, adequate preparation for clinics, clinical competency, program completion, national certification pass rate, employment rate, and graduate and employer satisfaction on follow-up surveys.

Health Care Assistant

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize the patient/client/resident or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, patient-centered care
  • Function effectively as a member of an interprofessional team, fostering communication and mutual respect
  • Act as a patient advocate, ensuring patient safety through medical asepsis, best practice, and quality improvement
  • Demonstrate professional ethical concepts and effectively perform basic patient care skills in a manner that is consistent and safe


Students will be able to: 

  • Recognize the patient or designee as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient’s preferences, values, and needs (Patient Centered Care)
  • Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  • Integrate best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care (Evidence Based Practice )
  • Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously improve the quality and safety of health care systems (Quality Improvement)
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through both system effectiveness and individual performance (Safety)
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making (Informatics)

Radiologic Technology

Goal 1: Students will be clinically competent.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to produce diagnostic radiographic images safely.
  • Students will be able to position patients and identify radiographic anatomy and pathological conditions appropriately.
Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Students will accurately document/record data in accordance with clinical site policies and procedures.
Goal 3: Students will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use independent judgment.
  • Students will analyze radiographic images for technical and positioning accuracy to make modifications as needed.
Goal 4: Students will model professionalism.
  • Students will professionally conduct themselves to function effectively as a healthcare team members.
  • Students will identify various opportunities for professional growth within medical imaging science.

Respiratory Therapy

Students will be able to:
  • Review Data in the Patient Record
  • Collect and Evaluate Pertinent clinical information
  • Inspect, palpate, percuss, and auscultate
  • Identify breath sounds, heart sounds and rhythm, and blood pressure
  • Identify level of consciousness , emotional state, level of pain, dyspnea, sputum production
  • Assess a patient’s learning needs
  • Perform procedures
  • ECG, transcutaneous monitoring, pox and capnography
  • Tidal volume, minute volume
  • Recommend procedures to obtain lung mechanics e.g., compliance, airway resistance, blood gas analysis, and transcutaneous monitoring
  • Perform equipment manipulation, infection control, and quality control
  • Initiate and modify therapeutic procedures
  • Maintain Records and communicate information
  • Maintain a Patent Airway Including the Care of Artificial Airways
  • Remove Bronchopulmonary Secretions
  • Achieve Adequate Respiratory Support
  • Evaluate and Monitor Patient’s Objective and Subjective Responses to Respiratory Care
  • Independently Modify Therapeutic Procedures Based on the Patient’s Response
  • Recommend Modifications in the Respiratory Care Plan Based on the Patient’s Response
  • Determine the Appropriateness of the Prescribed Respiratory Care Plan and Recommend Modifications when Indicated by Data
  • Initiate, Conduct, or Modify Respiratory Care Techniques in an Emergency Setting
  • Act as an Assistant to the Physician Performing Special Procedures
  • Initiate and Conduct Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care