Course Syllabus

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Course ID: DHE115
Title: Emergency Medicine
Modality: Hybrid
Credit Hours: 2.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 41965

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 9/8/2014

Weeks: 15

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Kimberly Lovell

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Textbook required for Course:

Textbooks required for course:
Title: Medical emergencies: Essentials for the dental professional (2nd Edition)
Author: Grimes, E. B.
ISBN: ISBN-13:978-00-13-306562-6 and ISBN-10:0-13-306562-6

Title: Rio Salado College-Dental Hygiene: Clinic Policy & Procedures Manual

Additional Resources (The following are supplemental course materials, but they are not required for you to purchase.):

  • Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient
    8th Edition, Little, J., Falace, D., Miller, C., & Rhodus, N.  published 1st 1980, 8th edition 2013
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
    6th Edition, Stanley F. Malamed publication 1978; 6th edition 2007
  • Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist
    10th Edition, Esther M. Wilkins
  • Patient Assessment Tutorials
    2nd Edition, Jill S. Nield-Gehrig

Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Introduction to recording and interpreting medical history. Additional topics include: recognition of signs and symptoms of medical emergencies, procedures and techniques introduced to prevent emergencies and management of emergency situations in the dental environment.
Official Course Prerequisites
Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Explain the process of recording and/or evaluating a completed medicodental history with emphasis on legal and ethical aspects.
  2. Collect, record, and evaluate a patient's complete medicodental history.
  3. Detect and record vital signs of a patient.
  4. Describe the referral process for medical conditions.
  5. Identify and manage significant medical emergencies in the dental environment.
  6. Explain procedures to avoid medical emergencies during dental treatment.
  7. Identify and operate equipment and supplies available for medical emergencies in the dental office.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
  1. Medico dental History
    1. Types of Medico dental Forms
    2. Techniques of History Recording
    3. Legal and Ethical Aspects of the Medico dental History
  2. Medico dental Assessment Techniques
    1. Obtain and Evaluate Medico dental History
      1. Medico dental History Forms
      2. Interviewing Techniques
      3. Evaluation
      4. Medical Referral Process
    2. Six types of Vital Signs
      1. Blood Pressure
      2. Pulse Rate
      3. Respiration Rate
      4. Temperature
      5. Height
      6. Weight
  3. Dental Management of Medical Emergencies
    1. Unconsciousness
    2. Respiratory Distress
    3. Altered Consciousness
    4. Seizures
    5. Drug Related Emergencies
    6. Cardiac Emergencies
  4. Emergency Preparedness
    1. Emergency Kit
    2. 02 tank
    3. Ammonia Inhalants
    4. Magnetic Retrieval Instrument
    5. Clinic Policy
    6. Emergency Procedure Drill
Program Competencies with Major Focus in this Course:
  1. Use effective communication skills with clients, families, and health-care team members.
  2. Assess the health of the client by integrating data from the medico dental history, vital signs, oral cancer examination, radiographs, and classification, condition and function of the teeth and the periodontium.
  3. Plan, present and receive client consent for an individualized dental hygiene treatment plan, based upon the assessment data, including referral to appropriate health care professionals.
  4. Practice as a team member in all professional settings.

Course Requirements

Academic Honesty:
Please be aware that copying another person's written work or ideas without giving them proper credit is by definition, plagiarism.  Group study and team projects are encouraged throughout the program, but copying homework, projects, evaluations, etc. is not an appropriate achieved result of that process. Please use appropriate research and citation methods to collect and share information. Assignments are provided to enhance your learning of a given topic – please use academic honesty in your quest for this knowledge.  Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated, as referenced in the Program Policy and Procedures Manual and may result in dismissal from the program.

Must be completed and/or submitted prior to the due date assigned. 

Students needing an orientation to the Internet should contact the instructor during the first week of the term.

Issues that you have personally with the academics of this course should be brought to the instructor's attention as soon as possible.  Please see the Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Program Policy and Procedures Manual for additional grievance protocol.

Students are held responsible for all information, policy, and procedures as published in this syllabus and in the Maricopa Community College District/ Rio Salado Catalog. Information outlined in this syllabus may be subject to change. Students will be notified in writing and/or by e-mail by the instructor of any changes in course requirements or policies.

Students wishing to withdraw from this course must do so two (2) weeks prior to the last day of the course.  A grade will be assigned if all course requirements have been completed.

Submitted Assignments:
All assignments to be submitted must be typed in the following format, unless otherwise instructed:
1-inch margins
Minimum of a 12-point font
Standard font - Times New Roman or Arial
Complete sentences, appropriate grammar, and spelling must be used


  • Quiz Protocol (10 -fifteen point quizzes):

    Quizzes will be multiple choice. Material from interactive discussions, videos, assignments and readings could be included in the quiz content. Quizzes will be timed for 15 minutes.  These are not "open book" quizzes.

  • Discussion Posts (10 at ten points each)

    The student will be required to read the assigned chapters in: Medical Emergencies: Essential for the Dental Professional and complete the chapter questions at the end of each chapter.  From each lesson each student must post a stimulating question. Then a separate answer or thoughtful contemplation must be posted, to enrich the knowledge of fellow students.  These questions should originate from the assigned reading in the text but cannot be taken directly from the text.  The discussion created should simulate a classroom setting. Researching outside of the course is encouraged. Attaching links to benefit the learning of fellow students is encouraged. The questions must relate to medical emergencies in the dental office or clinic.  This is an individual assignment.

  • Medico/Dental History Case Study Assignment (50 Points):

    The student will read and interpret a provided Case Study and complete the required form.  Include questions that a clinician should ask a patient to determine the health stability of that patient. This is an individual assignment.

  • Supplemental Assignments (25 points each- for a total of 100 points):
    1. The student will take vitals (blood pressure, pulse and respirations) on a relative, friend, or colleague and write a paragraph on the interpretation of the findings. This should include the medical, social history and habits, of the patient and how this might or might not relate to the findings. No names can be used, only a brief description of the patient (age, race, gender). The paragraph must be submitted to the instructor by the due date.
    2. Complete the provided Scavenger Hunt in the clinic to locate all emergency equipment in the Rio Salado Dental Clinic. It will be required to understand the basic maintenance of the Emergency Equipment and the content of the Emergency Kit in the Dental Clinic.
    3. Create a Quizlet at the site It will be created online and then the link will be posted for the instructor and fellow classmates. These quizlets can be used to help with study for the final examination.
    4. There will be one 25-point short answer quiz to test knowledge of the concepts of the course. This will be taken on Week 13.
  • A Video "Dialogue History" (200 points) in which student partners role-play a patient/operator dialogue related to a specific, assigned medical emergency in the dental office. This project will be graded using the rubric included at the end of the syllabus.
  • Final Project (200 points): A colorful, laminated (bound or ringed) presentation that includes a page for each topic in this course:

    Vitals—normal ranges vs. abnormal
    Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA or stroke)
    Myocardial Infarction (MI)
    Heart Failure
    Pulmonary Edema
    Obstruction of Airway
    Allergic Reactions (mild, moderate, anaphylaxis)
    Bleeding Emergencies
    Adrenal Insufficiency
    Thyroid Emergencies
    Drug Related Emergencies

    Each topic must include details such as definition of emergency, the signs and symptoms, the protocol to treat this emergency and the medications used. This will be used in the clinic setting as a tool to prevent or treat possible medical emergencies that may occur.

  • Final Examination (200 points):

    The final examination will include multiple choice, matching questions and will be taken online during the last week of the course.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a two credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least two hours on course content and at least four hours on homework for a total of at least six hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 1000 possible points for this course.
Quizzes = 150 Points
Assignments = 450 Points
Final Project = 200 Points
Final Exam = 200 Points
Total = 1000 Points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

930 - 1000 Points = A (93% - 100%)
850 - 929 Points = B (85% - 92%)
750 - 849 Points = C (75% - 84%)
< 749 Points = F (0% - 74%) (unacceptable to continue in the DH program)

Note: A grade of a “C” or better (75%) is needed for promotion and retention in the program.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than what you earn based on your total points. No point adjustments will be made for such things as class participation or other subjective factors.

There is no extra credit available for this course.

  • Each chapter review questions and/or assignments must be completed on or before the specified date.
  • Any chapter review questions and/or assignments turned in after the due date will be marked down one letter grade.
  • Any chapter review questions and/or assignment turned in one week after due date will not be accepted and will be recorded in the grade book as a zero.


There will one administered exam for this course. Please review the Grading Procedure and Scale for details.

Check your Gradebook for specific due dates for your exam(s).

In-person exams are given at various locations throughout the Valley for students who live in Maricopa County.

You may view information on Testing Sites to select the testing location and hours of operation that fit your needs. You may also contact Rio Salado College’s information line at (480) 517-8560.

Students who reside outside Maricopa County or who are registered with Disability Resources and Services can request a proctor for the exam. Please contact the Testing Center at (480) 517-8560. Requests can be made via the Internet at by completing and submitting the proctor request form.

In-Person Examination Procedures

  1. There is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.
  2. You must complete the final exam by the course end date.
  3. You may take your exam(s) before the course end date only if you have received all of your graded assignments.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.  Should the final grade for the course result in 74% or less, the student will be dismissed from the program.

  • Incomplete - Students who are doing acceptable work may request an incomplete grade "I" if they are unable to complete the course requirements by the end of the term because of illness or other extenuating circumstances. If the request is approved by the instructor, he or she shall define, in a written/electronic contract, how the course will be completed.  Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give incompletes.

  • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the "Last Date to Withdraw" indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

    Instructors are unable to process withdrawals on behalf of a student. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

    Before withdrawing, students should consider contacting their instructor and/or Rio's Counseling Services to see what options are available to help them stay in class.

    STUDENTS – STOP Before You Drop! A withdrawal request is irrevocable, and may affect future Financial Aid, Visa status, Veteran benefit eligibility, scholarship eligibility and may delay graduation. Please be sure that it is the right option for you before submission.


Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook or course syllabus. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor at least one week prior to the due date. It is the discretion of the instructor to grant an extension.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section. The lessons can be accessed from the "Syllabus and Lessons" links on your Course Section Home Page.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

In-Person Requirements

Attendance at all class and clinical sessions is mandatory to meet the criteria of the course and the program.

Course Completion Policy

The dental hygiene courses are sequential and the successful completion of each course is a prerequisite for promotion to the next level. Students wishing retention in the program must satisfy the requirements of scholarship, academic integrity, health, conduct, and dress outlined in the policy manual, clinic manual, and Rio Salado College Catalog.

Submitting Assignments

Online Submission Platform

The assignment due dates in this course are structured to complete all the lessons over the span of the course. Regular and consistent progress is expected in the course through the submission of assignments. The submission of an assignment can be no earlier than 7 days prior to the due date. Consult your course gradebook for specific due dates. Assignments/acknowledgments must be submitted through the online submission platform unless otherwise directed.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. The library's Video Tutorials page provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, and more. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Classroom Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and its associated colleges are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Visit for more information.

Addressing Incidents of Sexual Harassment/Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MCCCD prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The District also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, District employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in District policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by District policy. Visit for more information.


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Conduct & Community Standards team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

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