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Course Descriptions and Outlines:
The first part of this course introduces the dental assisting student to the members of dental health team, training and credentialing requirements, methods of delivering dental care, and the professional dental organizations. The second component focuses on verbal and non-verbal communications and psychology as they relate to dentistry. The final component covers principles of dental jurisprudence and ethics. This course is to be taken the first year of the two year option. (Prerequisites: DA program admission). (2 lect/2 lab).
Dental Science I covers anatomy and physiology of the teeth, the oral structures, and structures of the head and neck. Emphasis will be given to their anatomical parts, shape and form, clinical characteristics, development, and physiology. This course provides the student with foundation information required to effectively communicate and perform in a dental setting. This course is a prerequisite to all clinical courses in dental assisting and a prerequisite to Dental Science II. (Prerequisites: DA program admission) (3 C/2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab).
This course focuses on developing skills as a dental business assistant. Topics included are: reception skills, business letter writing, telephone techniques, bookkeeping/accounting procedures, banking procedures, dental insurance, preventive recall programs, appointment scheduling, inventory control and management, general office procedures, and dental computer applications. This course also focuses on employment seeking skills to include preparation of resumes, job application letters, job application form, follow-up letters and preparing for an employment interview. (Prerequisites: DA program admission) (2 C/1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab).
Chairside Assisting I covers the following fundamental areas of four-handed dentistry: dental equipment, instruments and supplies; instrument tray set-ups; patient and team positioning; maintenance of the operating field; instrument transfer; patient management; the fundamentals of operative dentistry; assisting for local anesthesia, oral diagnosis, oral prophylaxis, amalgam and composite restorations; and the prevention, recognition and treatment of medical emergencies. This course should be taken concurrently with DA 1225: Dental Infection Control, and is a pre-requisite to Chairside Assisting II. (Prerequisites: DA program admission) (6 C/2 hours lecture/4 hours lab).
Dental Infection Control will prepare the dental assisting student to function aseptically and safely in the dental clinical environment. The course covers principles of microbiology and disease transmission, current concepts of infection control, and hazard communication and management in dental practice. Course content will review requirements and protocols as recommended by the American Dental Association, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control. This course is a pre-requisite to all dental assisting clinical courses. (Prerequisites: DA program admission). (2 C/1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab).
This course focuses on disease prevention. Specific emphasis is on the nature of healthy oral tissues, dental decay and periodontal disease, plaque removal techniques, gum stimulation techniques, nutrition, nutritional counseling, and patient dental education presentations. (Prerequisites: DA program admission). (2 C/1 hours lecture, 1 hour lab).
Dental Science II is a course with four separate focuses. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology will include an overview of the body layout and each body system. Dental Charting will teach the student how to correctly record patient information, chart oral conditions, and services rendered. Oral Pathology reviews disease processes and dental disease conditions. Dental Pharmacology reviews a study of common drugs and therapies used in dentistry. This course is to be taken the first year of the two-year option. (Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in DA 1210). (3 C/2 lect, 1 lab, 0 OJT).
Dental Materials is a study of the properties, uses, and manipulation of chairside and dental laboratory materials. These materials are used in the reconstruction and restoration of the teeth and oral structures. The students will have extensive laboratory experience with the chairside and dental laboratory materials. (Prerequisites: DA program admission). (4 C/2 lect, 2 lab).
Chairside Assisting II will introduce the student to basic concepts of assisting for each of the dental specialties; to include: Pediatric Dentistry, Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Periodontics, Orthodontics, and Public Health (Community) Dentistry. For each specialty, the student will learn terminology, treatment techniques, instrument set-ups, procedural order, and patient pre-operative and post-operative instructions. For Public Health Dentistry, students will actively plan and deliver dental care presentations for a variety of community groups. (Prerequisites: DA program admission). (4 C/2 lect, 2 lab).
This course covers the theory and pre-clinical/ clinical experiences required by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry in preparation for becoming a Licensed Dental Assistant in Minnesota. After the theory and demonstrations are presented, the students receive practical experience on manikins and patients under the direct supervision of the dental assisting instructors and the clinic dentist. Students will also be required to demonstrate appropriate professional behavior and skill in patient communications, chairside assisting, dental infection control, and dental practice management. (Prerequisites: DA Program admission; Dental Assistant Diploma or AAS students must have successfully completed all Fall semester courses; Dental Assistant Expanded Functions Certificate Program students must be currently a Certified Dental Assistant (Certified by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.) and have completed DA 1225: Dental Infection Control with 'C' letter grade or better). (7 C/2 hours lect, 2 hours lab, 8 hours clinic).
Expanded Functions II focuses specifically on the theory and clinical experiences required by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry to perform the following two Minnesota expanded duties that may be delegated to a Licensed Dental Assistant: 1) Monitor a patient that has been induced by a dentist into nitrous oxide-oxygen relative analgesia, Indirect Supervision; 2) Administer nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia pursuant to the rule provisions. A maximum dosage must have been prescribed for the patient by the dentist, Direct Supervision. Successful completion of this course is required prior to entry into DA 1280: Dental Assisting Internship. (Prerequisites: RCTC Dental Assistant Program admission, completion of DA 1265: Expanded Functions I, current Certification in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or American Red Cross Healthcare Provider CPR (Adult, Infant, Child, plus Defibrillators). (1 C/1 lect, 0 lab).
This course is designed to provide the student with a meaningful occupational experience in the dental assisting field. A training plan will be developed for each student including three separate rotations in three different dental practices. Two rotations will be in a general dental practice and one rotation will be in a specialty practice. Seminars are scheduled as part of the required internship experience. This internship is required by the American Dental Association as an integral part of an accredited dental assisting programs curriculum. (Grade of "C" or better in all the following Dental Assisting courses: DA1200, DA 1210, DA 1215, Da 1220, DA 1225, DA 1230, DA 1250, DA 1255, DA 1265, DA 1270, and DS 1300; approved state and national background studies, current certification in American Red Cross Adult, Infant, Child CPR and First Aid and permission from Program Director). (7 C/36-40 hours per week for 9-10 weeks).
Dental Assistant course
The Dental Infection Control and Hazards Management Review course will prepare the dental assisting student to function aseptically and safely in the dental clinical environment. This course will review the principles of microbiology and disease transmission, current concepts of infection control, and hazard communication and management in dental practice. The review will address the requirements and protocols as recommended by the American Dental Association, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control. This course is a pre-requisite for any dental assisting clinical courses. (Prerequisites: DA program admission). (1 C).