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Dental Hygiene Faculty, Adjunct

WCU Anaheim Anaheim, California Job ID: 204187
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When you join our faculty at West Coast University, you’ll become part of a team that always puts students first. And that means you’ll have the tools, technologies, resources and support you need to make a real difference in their lives, empowering new generations of healthcare leaders. Get ready to learn and grow in an energized environment with year-round curricula, collaborating with talented colleagues and reimagining healthcare education as we know it.

  • Adjunct
  • Minimal Travel (if any)

Success Profile

What makes a successful member of the Faculty team at West Coast University? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Facilitator
  • Personable
  • Socially Conscious
  • Strategic
  • Team-Player
  • Technologically Savvy

If you are looking to work at a university that takes care of its students, faculty, and staff and allows you to live a prosperous, fulfilling, and healthy life, this is the place for you.

Paul P. Instructor ii, Gen Ed Non-sci, orange county
associate since 2013

Benefits

We offer a generous benefits package with a wide range of the plans, programs and support you need to thrive.

  • Healthcare

  • 401(k) Retirement
    Plans
    and
    Employer Matching

  • Professional
    Development

  • Day of Service
    PTO Day

  • Collaboration

  • Management

  • Awards &
    Recognition

Our Mission & Culture

At WCU, the work you do empowers our future nurses, therapists, dental hygienists and more — propelling them into our communities where they can do the most good. As part of our dynamic, energized culture, you’ll contribute to our unique mission that always puts students first. You’ll collaborate with incredible people, grow in your profession, and transform healthcare education. Discover what it means to truly believe in the work that you do.

Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Campus Dean and/or Program Chair, Instructor I, DH (Undergraduate) supports the University in fulfillment of its mission, purpose and goals. Focuses extensively on facilitating student learning associated with prescribed course and program learning outcomes. Provides professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor and facilitator. Creates an educational environment which fosters innovation, responsiveness, and accountability. Provides program-specific expertise and is actively engaged in relevant department initiatives. Supports University, Campus, and/or departmental goals in order to assure compliance with programmatic accreditation and/or licensure, internal consistency, and graduate outcomes that meet student learning, workplace and placement expectations.    Actively and substantively participates in assessment of student learning activities to maximize the potential for students to learn what is necessary to meet prescribed outcomes.  Vigorously upholds a culture of academic integrity.

EDUCATION:

  • Must have the minimal higher education background required by the program. Must provide a documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments including, but not limited to: education theory and practice, current concepts relative to specific subjects one will be teaching, current clinical practice experience or distance education techniques and delivery.
  • Dental Hygienist:  Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene or associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor degree in a related health field required.  Must be a graduate of dental hygiene program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  Must have current knowledge of the specific subjects being taught as defined by CODA.  Must have documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments as defined by CODA.  Must meet the qualifications which comply with the state dental and/or dental hygiene practice act.
  • Dentist: Doctorate degree in dentistry.  Must have current knowledge of the specific subjects being taught as defined by CODA.  Must have documented background in educational methodology consistent with teaching assignments as defined by CODA.  Must meet the qualifications which comply with the state dental and/or dental hygiene practice act.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Current Registered Dental Hygienist or Dentist professional licensure by the state board or committee with no pending or current disciplinary actions against his or her license.
  • Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification which complies with the state dental and/or dental hygiene practice act and CODA Standards.
  • Current certificates in mandated courses which comply with the state dental and/or dental hygiene practice act and CODA Standards. 
  • Current membership in a dentally related professional organization such as American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), American Dental Association (ADA), or American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
  • Professional Liability Insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 per year.
  • Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accrediting body that West Coast University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents. 
  • Must maintain any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
  • Current Driver’s License.
  • Current certification in basic life support procedures including healthcare provide CPR with an Automated External Defibrillator.
  • Health certifications for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Category I classified position (potential for exposure to infectious diseases at work).  As an essential component of the West Coast University infection-control program immunizations and tuberculosis clearance documentation is required in accordance with current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA recommendations and guidelines for Health-Care Personnel. Below are health certification details which are subject to change as required by OSHA and CDC.

Immunizations - based on the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Personnel (HCP), all HCPs must submit documentation of immunization to Hepatitis B (HB) (series of three doses with anti-HBs serologic testing 1-2 months after dose #3), proof of immunity to Hepatitis B, or a signed declination; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chickenpox); and Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (booster every 10 years).   Highly recommended immunizations for the HCP include Influenza (yearly), Hepatitis A, and Pneumonia.  For some individuals, a titer test will be indicated vs. vaccinations.  Titer tests showing immunity to listed pathogens are acceptable.  Titer tests showing a negative response require appropriate immunizations and follow-up titers must be completed and submitted.  If one or more of the listed immunizations are contraindicated, documentation must be submitted clearly identifying the reason(s).  Clinical laboratory reports with facility stamp and medical doctor’s signature are required.

Tuberculosis Clearance the CDC Guidelines for Preventing the Transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Health-Care Settings are intended to protect the HCP and patients.

(Option 1) The TB screening program consists of two major components:  (1) baseline single test for M. tuberculosis infection and (2) serial testing/screening for M. tuberculosis infection.  The HCP must have a baseline single test followed by serial skin testing once per year.  If the HCP has a baseline positive result or has previously had a positive result, a chest radiograph must be completed to exclude a diagnosis of TB disease.  Thereafter, every year the HCP must receive a symptom screen. 

(Option 2) The TB blood test (also called interferon-gamma release assays or IGRAs) measures how the immune system reacts to the bacteria that cause TB. An IGRA measures how strong a person’s immune system reacts to TB bacteria by testing the person’s blood in a laboratory. IGRAs are the preferred method of TB infection testing for people who have received bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) as this is a vaccine for TB disease. There is no problem with repeated IGRAs. Two IGRAs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are available in the United States: (1) QuantiFERON®–TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) and (2) T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot). Positive IGRA: This means that the HCP has been infected with TB bacteria. Additional tests are needed to determine if the HCP has latent TB infection or TB disease. A health care worker will then provide treatment as needed. Negative IGRA: This means that the HCP’s blood did not react to the test and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Two years’ experience providing direct patient care as a registered dental hygienist or dentist;
  • One year or less experience in teaching in a university or college setting required as defined by University’s faculty handbook.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Products, especially Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other MS office products as needed.
  • Working with online learning management systems to further engage the student learning process desirable.
  • Working knowledge of patient electronic health records.
  • Working knowledge of digital radiography including panoramic exposures.
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local laws/regulations relating to programs, governmental compliance and other regulatory standards such as state boards or bureaus, regional and state accreditors, licensing and certification agencies,   and WASC Senior College and University Commission or other regulatory bodies.

ABOUT US

For over 100 years, West Coast University has been educating and preparing students for professional careers across our six campuses located in Southern California, Dallas, Miami, and Online. As part of our unique student-centric approach to advanced healthcare education you will be empowering future healthcare professionals. At West Coast University our students are Ahead of the Curve. Our Mission is to embrace a student-centric learning partnership that leads to professional success. We deliver transformational education within a culture of integrity and personal accountability.

Our benefited faculty and associates are offered a comprehensive benefit package including:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Financial & Retirement
  • Family & Parenting
  • Vacation & Time Off
  • Perks & Discount
  • Professional Development

West Coast University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we seek candidates who desire to work in and serve an ethnically-diverse population.

Primary Location: Anaheim, California Campus: WCU Anaheim Function: Faculty
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