Dental Assistant Curriculum
Effective June 1, 2013
10-508-101-00 Dental Health Safety
Prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. Prerequisite: Students must be currently recognized/certified in basic life support procedures for a healthcare provider, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation prior to enrollment in this course. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist program. Lab. 1 credit.
10-508-103-00 Dental Radiography
Prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a mannequin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. Students gain further experience in exposing radiographs on patients in the clinical portion of their program. This course also provides the background in radiographic theory required for students to make informed decisions and adjustments. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist program. Pre/corequisites: 10-508-101, and 31-508-304 or 10-508-102. Lecture/Clinical. 2 credits.
10-508-113-00 Dental Materials
Prepares dental auxiliary students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. Students also learn to take alginate impressions on mannequins and clean removable appliances. Students must be enrolled in the Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist program. 2 credits.
10-508-120-00 Dental Office Management
Prepares dental auxiliary students to manage telephones, appointments, recall systems, and inventory. Students also develop the skills need to process accounts receivable and payable, collections, and third party reimbursements. Students use dental software programs. Students must be accepted into the Dental Assistant program. Lecture. 2 credits.
10-801-196-00 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects. Lecture. 3 credits.
31-508-302-00 Dental Chairside
Prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology, and restorations and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pair control, amalgam restoration, and cosmetic restoration. Students will also develop the ability to educate patients about preventative dentistry, brushing and flossing techniques, and dental procedures, using lay terminology. Throughout the course, students will apply decoding strategies to the correct use and interpretation of dental terminology. Pre/corequisites: 10-508-101, 31-508-304, 10-508-113. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.
31-508-304-00 Dental and General Anatomy
Prepares dental assistant students to apply fundamentals of general and dental anatomy to informed decision-making and to professional communication with colleagues and patients. Students must be accepted into the Dental Assistant program. Lecture. 2 credits.
31-508-306-00 Dental Assistant Clinical
Students apply skills developed in Dental and General Anatomy, Dental Health Safety, Dental Chairside, Dental Materials, Dental Radiography, and Professionalism in a clinical setting with patients. Emphasizes integration of core abilities and basic occupational skills. They will be able to collect diagnostic and treatment data, manage infection and hazard control, perform clinical supportive treatments (four handed dentistry, maintain instruments, etc.), take diagnostic radiographs, perform dental laboratory procedures, provide patient oral health instruction, assist in managing medical emergencies, model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance. Pre/corequisites: 10-508-101, 31-508-302, 31-508-304, 10-508-103, 10-508-113, 31-508-307. Lecture/Occupational. 3 credits.
31-508-307-00 Dental Assistant Professional
Prepares dental assistant students for professional success in a dental practice or another dental health care environment. Students develop professional appearance and image. More importantly, they learn to work within ethical guidelines and legal frameworks. In preparation for entering the workforce, dental assistants customize or develop their portfolios and lay out an ongoing professional development plan. Students must be accepted into the Dental Assistant program. Lecture. 1 credit.
31-508-308-00 Dental Chairside Advanced
Prepares Dental Assistant students to adapt chairside skills to assist with dental specialties as they are performed in general practice. Focuses on pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontic, and prosthodontics. Students will also develop the ability to assist with sealants, perform coronal polishing, and apply topical fluoride and topical anesthetics. Pre/corequisites: 31-508-302, 31-508-309. Lecture/Lab. 5 credits.
31-508-309-00 Dental Laboratory Procedures
Prepares Dental Assistant students to produce alginate impressions and fabricate diagnostic models, oral appliances, temporary restorations, and custom trays. Students also polish oral appliances. Prerequisite: 10-508-113 Pre/corequisites: 31-508-304, 31-508-308. Lecture/Lab. 4 credits.
31-508-310-00 Dental Radiography Advanced
Prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. Students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer/role-play patient. Prerequisite: 10-508-103. Lecture. 1 credit.
31-508-311-00 Dental Assistant Clinical Advanced
Dental Assistant students apply skills developed in Dental Chairside Advanced, Dental Lab Procedures, Dental Radiography-Advanced, and Dental Office Procedures in a clinical setting with patients. Emphasizes integration of core abilities and basic and advanced occupational skills. Prerequisite: 31-508-306 Pre/corequisites: 31-508-308, 31-508-309, 31-508-310, 10-508-120. Occupational. 2 credits.