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Semester I

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF DENTAL ASSISTING LAB #1DAT01                     48 hours      1.5 credits

Fundamentals of Dental Assisting Lab I is a performance based course with foundation knowledge lectures. Dental assisting skills presented in this section include; hand hygiene, ergonomic positioning, seating and draping patients, lab safety, selection of personal protective equipment (PPE), donning and removal of PPE, selection and implementation of chairside barriers, maintenance of dental units, sterilization of instrumentation, surface disinfection, syringe assembly, sharps removal and disposal, intraoral topical placement, operative tray set ups, Tofflemire/matrix band assembly and application, hand piece and rotary instrument care, and manipulation of dental cements. The composition and properties of the dental materials used will be taught at an in-depth level.

 

DENTAL SCIENCE I #1DAT02                                                                       60 hours      2 credits

The Dental Science I course is designed for the student gain in-depth knowledge of dental terminology and oral anatomy which includes oral dentition for the adult and child, tooth morphology, dental embryology, and histology. Basic pathology with the emphasis on diseases of the oral region is included. Dental charting instruction and practice are provided in Dental Science. This course covers an anatomy and physiology component which discusses cellular tissues, the integumentary system, and the other human organ systems at a familial level. The main focus of this subcomponent is placed on the interrelationships of the systems, related terminology, and diseases with emphasis placed on dental related conditions.

 

CHAIRSIDE LAB I #1DAT03                                                                           58 hours      2 credits

Chairside/Preclinical Laboratory I emphasizes and teaches the dental materials and their applications used at chairside for fourhanded dentistry in general practices. The students practice procedures and use multiple materials employed in general dentistry. Emphasis is placed on procedures for which the dental assistant is directly responsible. The course is designed to prepare the students to chairside assist in their clinical externship and learn the role of a chairside dental assistant. The Chairside includes foundation knowledge of the restorative and esthetic dental materials and techniques of procedures including etching and bonding agents, amalgam, and composite procedures. The Chairside experience includes chairside practice with the instructing dentist, dental hygienists, and certified dental assistants. There is chairside practice in role-playing situations with each other, learning and practicing moisture control and isolation, utilizing a dental dam, studying of instruments and uses, completing tray set-ups, sterilizing, disinfecting, mixing restorative materials, recording procedures, and the caring for instruments and hand pieces. The composition and properties of the dental materials used will be taught at an in-depth level.

 

DENTAL RADIOLOGY I with LAB #1DAT04                                               80 hours      2.5 credits

The Radiology Theory course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge and understanding of radiographic film including composition, developing process, digital imaging and exposure. The theory behind various radiographic techniques includes paralleling, bisecting angle, occlusal, and extra oral techniques are taught in detail. Projection, exposure, and processing pitfalls, practice strategies, and normal radiographic anatomy are taught. The lab corresponds with the basic principles of ionizing radiographic intraoral and extraoral projections utilizing the techniques taught in lecture. Hands on manipulations of instrumentation with various film/sensor holders are utilized. Darkroom techniques utilizing manual and automatic processing, duplication and processing of films, digital imaging, mounting, and evaluation of radiographs recognizing processing and exposing errors are completed by each student. The lab includes numerous complete mouth radiographic surveys exposed on dental mannequin (DXTTR). At the completion of the course the student should be able to expose, process, and interpret diagnostically acceptable radiographs or images on a dental radiology mannequin utilizing the principles presented.

 

PROSTHETICS with LAB #1DAT05                                                                85 hours      2.5 credits

Prosthetics is a comprehensive course with respective labs with content of dental materials at an in-depth level covering composition and properties of materials used in dentistry. The lab components allow the students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of the properties, basic principles and competence in manipulation of the dental materials in a laboratory setting, allowing the student to fabricate given projects. This course is designed to introduce the student to the different dental materials utilized in dentistry and to provide the students with the knowledge necessary to understand and manipulate the materials successfully. Education in the areas of dental material recognition, gypsum, alginate properties, elastomeric impression materials, amalgam materials, composite materials, dental waxes, materials used in the fabrication of provisional crowns, and partial denture and full denture materials are covered. The lab procedures are demonstrated to the students, emphasizing techniques, use, and storage of materials. The students are helped and observed while they complete the fabrication of the assigned dental appliance or model. The composition and properties of the dental materials used will be taught at an in-depth level. The students will work with such materials as gypsum, waxes, resins, acrylics, thermoplasitcs, hydroplastics, alginate, final impression materials, occlusal registration materials, bleaching trays, custom trays, provisional crowns and bridges, partial and full dentures, working casts, and study models.

 

PATIENT MANAGEMENT I #1DAT06                                                           30 hours      1 credit

This course provides instruction in the management of patients in a dental setting. Knowledge of the history of dentistry and the dental assisting profession will be explored. The course focuses on laboratory safety, overview of terminology and acronyms used in the field of dentistry, law and ethics as it pertains to dentistry, HIPAA, the MA State Dental Practice Act, preventative and Oral Hygiene Instructions, and elements of communication. The basics of communications and skills of reviewing medical and dental histories with patients will also be stressed. In this course, the student is responsible to maintain and keep a dental treatment record of procedures with which he/she assists or performs.

 

COMPUTERS FOR DENTAL ASSISTANTS #1DAT07                               30 hours      1 credit

This course prepares students to effectively use computers in a dental office environment. Through hands on activities students will broaden their understanding of computer hardware and software. You will explore the operating system, specifically Windows 7, and develop strong MS Word 2013 skills.

 

INFECTION CONTROL I #1DAT08                                                                30 hours      1 credit

Infection Control I is a comprehensive study of disease prevention methods. All aspects of infection control needed by dental healthcare workers to conduct themselves efficiently and safety in the workplace are taught at an in-depth level. Education in the areas of; management and selection of personal protective equipment (PPE), strategies to prevent disease transmission, instrument processing and sterilization, disinfection, aseptic techniques, occupational exposure, selection of safety devices, and immunization of healthcare worker are covered. The guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC, OSHA, OSAP, and the ADA Infection Control Protocol are core components of this course.

 

DENTAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT I #1DAT09                                       30 hours                  1 credit

This course focuses on business skills to operate a successful dental practice. This course discusses the front office aspect of dentistry, the management of Patient Information files, and clinical. Students will learn how the business of dentistry is changing to meet the needs of today’s market and patients.

Students will utilize the dental office management software “Dentrix” throughout the course. This is a first semester course and is a prerequisite for Dental Practice Management II.

 

Semester II

 

EXPANDED FUNCTIONS with LAB #2DAT10                                             44 hours      1.5 credits

Expanded Functions with Laboratory is a performance based course which covers the additional delegable dental duties not covered in Chairside and Prosthetics Laboratories. Dental assisting skills presented in this section include oral surgery instrumentation, dental sealant application, coronal polishing of primary and adult dentition, the administration of a variety of topical fluoride treatments, application of desensitizing agents, removal of temporary cement, and the monitoring and recording of vital signs as practiced. The composition and properties of the dental materials used will be taught at an in-depth level. General lab assignments are part of this course. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Dental Assisting Lab I

 

DENTAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT II #2DAT09                                      36 hours      1.25 credits

This second semester course is a continuation of Dental Practice Management 1 and focuses on the financial aspects of the dental practice. Students will continue to use the dental office management software “Dentrix”. Students will  continue to develop the business skills necessary to operate a successful dental practice   In addition; students will participate in a Radiology project that will require them to communicate the results of dental radiographs to patients and/or practitioners.

 

DENTAL SCIENCE II #2DAT02                                                                      46 hours      1.5 credits

The second semester involves a detailed study of the anatomy of the head and neck, study of microbial life emphasizing morphological characteristics, physiological activities, and disease production. Dental pharmacology is included in this course. This course provides instruction in the dental specialties, which include oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, and implantology. Dental charting instruction and practice is built upon charting skills acquired in Dental Science II, including dictation, periodontal charting, pediatric charting, and reinforcing electronic charting. Nutrition is covered as it relates to oral health and dental caries. The value as well as the deficiency of the nutrients are analyzed and related to the body, with emphasis on oral health. Modified diets necessary after dental procedures and conditions are presented for the understanding of patient education purposes. This course will provide the students with necessary information to perform dietary screenings for dental disease prevention and control under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.

Pre-requisite Dental Science

 

CHAIRSIDE LAB II #2DAT03                                                                          40 hours      1.5 credits

Continuation of Chairside Laboratory 1, this course teaches students the techniques used at chairside for fourhanded dentistry concentrating on the dental specialties. Students utilize the skills mastered in Chairside Lab 1 to complete hands-on procedures in periodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, and fixed prosthetics. This reinforces the importance of procedure efficiency and application of dental materials, while emphasizing the duties of an expanded functions dental assistant. Students will remove sutures, place and remove periodontal dressings, place and remove retraction cords, assist with and secure final impressions and bites, manipulate implant components, and place and remover numerous bands. Students will record the procedures with which they assist. Prerequisite: Chairside Laboratory I

 

DENTAL RADIOLOGY II with LAB #2DAT06                                              66 hours      2 credits

The Dental Radiology II course is designed to build on the student’s fundamental knowledge of dental radiology.  Radiology Theory II includes the following subjects as they relate to dental radiography:  the production and absorption of ionizing radiation, the physics and generation, radiographic characteristic imaging, the biology and safety, the interpretation of common oral diseases, infection control, legal and ethical issues, use in implantology, occlusal views and localization techniques, special needs, digital, and extra oral radiology. The students will position patients for panoramic radiographs and perform an extraoral view on DXTTR. The students will apply their acquired knowledge to expose three full mouth series on live patients using proper infection control. The students are responsible to appoint their patients, review the medical histories, set up their radiology

rooms and trays, expose a full mouth series, and appropriately sterilize or discard their instruments.  For traditional sets, the students must process, duplicate the radiographs, critique their work, and mail the surveys and letters to the dentist or patient. For digital sets, the students must digitize and print the images, and email the dentist the surveys and letters. At the completion of the Radiology Lab II, the student should be able to be proficient in the dental radiology principles as presented. Each student must also assist a fellow student with radiology patients three times. The student is encouraged to use patients of various dentition, where indicated.

 

INFECTION CONTROL II #2DAT08                                                               21 hours      1 credit

Infection Control II focuses on the current regulatory aspects related to infection control in the dental setting. Emphasis is placed on the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and ADA Infection Control protocol. The areas of education and training in this section will include; dental unit water asepsis, management and interpretation of MSDS sheets, dental related environmental hazards, managing chemicals safely, dental waste disposal, a comprehensive study of blood borne pathogens and the OSHA blood borne pathogen standard, emerging diseases, oral and respiratory disease prevention, and CDC prevention guidelines for infection control in dental health care setting. Prerequisite: Infection Control I

 

PATIENT MANAGEMENT II #2DAT06                                                          34 hours      1 credit

This course is designed to enable students to enhance their professional communication and provide patients with understanding and support needed in the dental office. The student will learn how to handle the special needs of patients including physically, emotionally, and medically compromised patients. Medical and dental emergencies will be covered in-depth so that the student will be able to adequately recognize signs and symptoms, as well as assist in an emergency situation. Preventing an emergency and preparedness for an emergency will be emphasized. Successful completion of Healthcare Provider CPR is a required part of this course. This course will also highlight basic psychology knowledge and awareness to meet the challenges in today’s workforce. This course will also address some common patient difficulties such as anxiety, abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, and medically or physically challenged patient. The students will attend Yankee Dental Congress and participate in seminars where they discuss their clinical externship experiences. They will learn how to manage a pediatric patient and run a Community Service Project. Students will write their resumes, learn how to market their skills, and have a mock interview.

 

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP #2DAC01                                                               315 hours    10 credits

To provide the students with a 300 hour clinical experience that exposes them to a general office and different specialties in order to further develop their clinical skills. The course allows the student to experience the chairside activities and the varied expanded duties of a Certified Dental Assistant and Expanded Duties Dental Assistant, while further refining clinical skills for future employment. Placements are with local dental offices, clinics, and off-site facilities. The students are required to complete all assigned clinical hours, written assignments, and seminars.