The dental assistant program prepares students for a career that will enable them to contribute their values, skills, and knowledge to the Dental Assistant profession.
Presenting a comprehensive text that will provide students with information to qualify as entry level dental assistant is a priority. Students will learn dental ethics and legal issues, using the computer in the dental office, basic microbiology, coronal polishing, oral exams, pharmacology, anesthesia and anxiety control, digital Imaging system in oral radiography and radiographic interpretation, public health, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery , and oral pathology.
In this subject students will learn to identify the members of the dental health care team and the basic qualifications and requirements for all members of the dental health team, define the concept of ethics and legal issues, dental patient management and communication, the use of computers in the dental office, define basic microbiology and microorganisium. They will also define infection control, the principles of the personal grooming for the conscientiou chair side dental assistant.
Infection control and hazard communication management and occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) regulations will be discussed including medical and dental emergency. Total hrs 16
In the subject students will learn preventive dentistry method and procedures, nutrition, coronal polishing, human cell structure and function. Total hrs 16 .prerequisite #1
After completing this subject students will identify the different parts of the head, muscles of the mastication, describe oral cavity and salivary glands, cranial nerves, blood supply to the head and neck, the development of the face, nose, and palate, early development of the teeth and tooth buds, composition and formation of the teeth, tissues surrounding the teeth, eruption and restoration of teeth. Total hrs 16 . prerequisite #2
In this course students will be define the external features of the teeth, describe the individual teeth, perform oral exam and basic dental charting, interpretive charting, types of dental instruments, rotary instruments, hand instruments for operative dentistry. Total hrs 16. Prerequisite #3
Students will learn to use the different types of dental equipment in the treatment room; learn to position the dental team for operative dentistry; prepare the treatment room and seating the dental patient; principles and applications of oral evacuation; instrument transfer; punching, placing, and removing a dental dam; assembling and placing a tofflemire matrix band and retainer; cavity varnish, liners, calcium hydroxide, and dental cements; glass lonomers, composites and sealants; dental amalgam; hydrocolloid impression materials; alginate and reversible hydrocolloid, students will learn the types of custom trays for acrylic and silicone, electrometric impression materials, temporary restorations,and gypsum. Total hrs 16. Prerequisite #4
Students will learn the basics of pharmacology and anesthesia, describe the physical and psychological pain reaction, topical and local anesthesia, describe the role of a dental public health as it relates to the entire practice of dental care, pediatric dentistry, students will also be able to explain the objectives of orthodontics , endodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery. They will be able to explain which conditions are non pathologic and which are pathologic. Total hrs 16 .Prerequisite #5.
This will teach students the principles of dental radiography, measurement of ionizing radiation, radiation protection and radiobiology, X-ray film, quality assurance and infection control for dental radiography, film processing, intraoral radiography, extra oral radiography, digital imaging systems in oral radiography, imaging detail and quality analysis of radiographs, radiographic landmarks, radiographic interpretation, mounting , labeling, and filing dental radiographs. Total hrs 16 Prerequisite #6
Mounts - Final
Students will learn radiographic interpretation as used to determine healthy from disease, normal from abnormal structure, and understand various sizes of mount. Student learn how to deal with people in the dental office. Includes understanding patient attitudes ,reassuring the patient, personal appearance,dresscode ,personal attitude, and dental offices do’s and don’ts. Job interview techniques are presented including the types of job the dental assistant is seeking and what they offer the employer, locating employment opportunities, constructing a resume, interviewing skills, and how to answer question and salary negotiation. Prerequisite # 7
Cl 800 – Clinical
Student must take all eight subjects before taking Cl 800. In this course the student will gain “hands on” experience with actual patients at a medical facility. They will demonstrate and perfect skills learned in all previous courses under the supervision of a qualify license medical professional . Skills students will practice all the skills needed in order to pass the state skills test.
The Dental Assistant program is a 192 hours program design to be completed in 90days with classes held two days a week Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00am – 2:30pm. Students will take a five minutes break at the top of each hour and thirty minutes lunch break. Student will schedule the 64hr externship with the clinical site. A certificate of completion will be offered to student who have completed 192 hrs.