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Southwestern College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is dedicated to providing oral hygiene care of the highest quality.  Patients’ opinions are necessary for continuous improvement and to achieve this quality. All patients are encouraged to complete and return the Quality of Service Survey upon completion of care.

  Standards of Patient Care – Quality Assurance


The Southwestern College Dental Hygiene Program, faculty, students, and staff are cognizant of, and uphold the following with respect to patient care:

I.  Patient Rights for

  •  Confidentiality and respect
  •   Informed Consent
  •   Scope of treatment including risks and benefits
  •   Cost and length of treatment
  •   Quality and timely care
  •   Courteous and safe care

II.  Dental Hygiene Code of Ethics

  •  Individual Autonomy and Respect for Human Beings : People have the right to be treated with respect
  •   Confidentiality: Respecting the privacy of client /patient information
  •  Societal Trust: Valuing client / patient trust
  •  Nonmaleficence: Providing services without harm
  •  Beneficence: Promote the well-being of individuals
  •  Justice and Fairness: Valuing justice and fairness in the distribution of healthcare
  • Veracity: Accepting the obligation to tell the truth

III.  Standards of Professional Responsibility

       To ourselves as individuals and professionals
             Avoiding deception and continually striving for knowledge and personal growth
             Enhancing professional competencies in order to practice high standards of care 
    To family and friends
             Supporting healthy lifestyles of others
       To clients / patients
             Providing oral health care using the high levels of professional knowledge, judgment and skills 
       To colleagues
             Encouraging and supporting work environments that promote professional development 
    To employers and employees
             Developing relationships that are honest, responsible and open    To the profession
              Participating in the development and advancement of our profession 
    To the community and society
            Recognizing and upholding the laws and regulations governing our profession    To scientific investigation
           Conducting research that is valid and useful to clients / patients and society

The above stated standards are reflected in the education and training process of students as they provide patient care throughout the two-year program.

Source: ADHA Code of Ethics

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Last updated: 12/11/2013 1:00:05 PM