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Core
Dental Assistant (945 required hours)
Hours
Prerequisite(s)
This course introduces the student to dental terminology that will be used throughout the program and will help students learn the correct pronunciation and proper application of each term as it relates to specific dental procedures. It will also provide the student with the skills necessary to interpret and understand dental terminology in order to be successful in the dental setting.
Students in this course are provided an overview of human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the head and neck. Students will learn and be familiar with the terminology of body systems as they relate to the head and neck. Students will be able to identify and label specific anatomy of the head and neck.
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DENA 1100, DENA 1910
Overview of Dental Assisting provides an introduction to dental administration and assisting in the professional dentistry field, as well as the different professional dental industry specialties.
Dental Assistant Clinical Lab I discusses dental assisting as a profession and the many roles in a dental practice. During this course, you will explore the specialties found within dentistry. You will study the prenatal development and composition and structure of the oral cavity as well as terms associated with the teeth.
Dental Assistant Clinical Lab II introduces basic disease concepts and infection control measures as per OSHA regulations. During this course, you will study microbiology and pathology related to disease transmission. You will explore the importance and application of material safety data sheets (MSDS) in the classroom and dental office, exposure control, and aseptic procedures. Throughout this course, you will be required to demonstrate safety competency through written testing of safety rules for the dental treatment and sterilization areas.
Dental Assistant Clinical Lab III explores basic dental procedures, instruments used in each procedure, and dental burs. During the course, you will demonstrate understanding of dental terminology used in dental procedures and develop chair side skills. You will also continue studying infection control techniques that were introduced in previous courses.
Front Office Management for Dental Assistants II describes business end of the dental practice. It is important to treat a dental practice as a business. Therefore, you will learn how to charge, receive, and process payments. You will also learn insurance billing and receiving as well as recording payments electronically.
Dental Assistant Clinical Lab V describes in-depth specialty procedures as they relate to general dentistry. You will practice assisting during each procedure. Upon completion of this course, you will demonstrate competence in preparing each tray setup for the specialty procedure and then how to assist during that procedure. This course allows you hands-on practice of the chairside skills. Because all the treatment procedures for each dental specialty will be practiced in detail, you must schedule specific time with the instructor as well as time in the dental treatment rooms or lab area.
Front Office Management for Dental Assistants describes the legal and ethical issues an assistant will encounter. You will be introduced to the Utah Dental Practice Act and will demonstrate how to find it on the UDA website. You will also explore and different methods of communication found in the dental office. Through several assignments and competency skills evaluations you will show that you can communicate effectively with staff and patients.
Front Office Management for Dental Assistants II describes business end of the dental practice. It is important to treat a dental practice as a business. Therefore, you will learn how to charge, receive, and process payments. You will also learn insurance billing and receiving as well as recording payments electronically.
This course meets the Utah State Dental Board requirement for non-licensed personnel x-ray certification and discusses methods to protect the patient and operator from the harmful effects of exposure to radiation. Students will demonstrate correct methods to expose, process, mount, and store patient radiographs.
This Overview Course will prepare you to be successful on your assigned externship. Most externships lead to employment so you will review what is required to be a productive dental team member and prepare for future employment.
The Dental Assistant clinical externship experience helps you transition from a student into a professional role by allowing you to demonstrate the administrative and clinical procedure knowledge, skills and professional attributes learned in the program while working in a professional dental office. This experience takes place under the supervision of a dentist and includes skill practice and evaluation. The Davis Tech externship coordinator periodically visits the dental office to evaluate your progress and performance. All program course work must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
The Dental Assistant clinical externship experience helps you transition from a student into a professional role by allowing you to demonstrate the administrative and clinical procedure knowledge, skills and professional attributes learned in the program while working in a professional dental office. This experience takes place under the supervision of a dentist and includes skill practice and evaluation. The Davis Tech externship coordinator periodically visits the dental office to evaluate your progress and performance. All program course work must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
Job Seeking Skills explores how to prepare and successfully apply to potential career opportunities. During this course, you will be presented with essential job-seeking skills needed to find gainful employment.
Additional Electives
Dental Assistant (0 required hours)
Hours
Prerequisite(s)
Orthodontic Assisting Study Prep explores the minimum requirements to receive the Specialized Orthodontic Assistant credential through the American Association of Orthodontists and prepares students to take the online exam.
Registered Dental Assistant Study Prep emphasizes requirements for the American Medical Technologies Dental Assistant certification and prepares students for the certification exam.
Support Courses
Dental Assistant (0 required hours)
Hours
Prerequisite(s)
Students in this course will receive general assistance with program and course study, test preparation and the development of individual study resources.
Students will learn to use effective study habits and strategies for remembering information found in their textbooks and heard in-class lectures. Students will also learn to use a strategy for reading and taking notes from textbooks, taking notes in class, and learn effective strategies for taking the five types of tests most frequently given by teachers.