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The Dental Assistant major is designed to provide the student with the technical knowledge, manual skills, clinical experiences, communication skills, and positive attitudes toward work required to make the graduate a valuable member of the dental health care profession.
The dental assistant may assist the dentist at chairside, perform expanded functions and dental laboratory procedures, provide personal oral care instruction, or function as a dental receptionist/ dental office manager. The program prepares the student to function in both general and specialty dental practices.
Clinical experience is obtained in the technically current dental clinic. The clinic has twelve operatories equipped for four-handed dentistry, a recirculation/sterilization room, a darkroom for processing x-rays, and a complete dental laboratory. Patients come to the dental clinic for tooth polishing, fluoride treatments, dental x-rays, pit and fissure sealants, and personal oral care instruction. A dentist is on staff to aid in the direct instruction and supervision of students, along with dentists from the community who give guest presentations. In the final semester of the program, students will further their clinical experience through three assigned internships in different dental offices in southeastern Minnesota.
Clinical & Laboratory Health & Safety Provisions
RCTC and the Dental Assistant Program comply with mandated and recommended health and safety policies to ensure a safe learning and working environment for students, staff, and patients. Upon entering the Dental Assistant Program, students will be given a copy of the RCTC Dental Assistant Program Lab/Clinic Policies Manual, which details all program policies relating to infection control, hazards management, and safety in the lab and clinical settings.
Bloodborne Infectious Disease Policy
(RCTC Policy 6.4.4)
Part 1. Definition: Rochester Community
and Technical College implements bloodborne infectious disease policies
and procedures to provide a safe environment for students, faculty,
staff, and patients of the College health care services.
Rochester Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of infectious disease status for admission to the College or for employment by the College.
Part 2. Procedure:
- The policy for bloodborne infectious diseases will be documented
in the College catalog and all other College documents that cite College
- Students entering health care programs will be asked to provide
documentation of a health exam using the RCTC Health Form. This confidential
documentation will be reviewed by the College Health Service Office.
A student health file will be kept in the College Health Service Office.
- All students, staff, and faculty that are at risk for exposure
to bloodborne infectious pathogens must complete the Hepatitis B Vaccine
series or sign a waiver documenting the reason for not receiving the
vaccine. To document compliance, the student/faculty/staff member
must complete and submit a “Hepatitis B Vaccination Verification”
form. Submission will be to the office designated on the form.
- A “Standard Precautions” policy will be implemented
throughout the College for use by all students, faculty, and staff.
- A program with course content that presents a potential risk of
exposure to infectious diseases must provide those students with training
in infectious disease prevention. Documentation of this training will
be the responsibility of the program leader, with a copy of the documentation
given to the College Safety Officer.
- All students participating in college athletic programs will be
trained in bloodborne infectious disease prevention. Documentation
of this training will be the responsibility of each athletic program,
with a copy of the documentation given to the College Safety Officer.
- All laboratories, clinics, and athletic facilities will be equipped
with bloodborne infectious disease spill kits and will be provided
instruction for their use.
- All College faculty and staff will receive annual training regarding bloodborne infectious diseases through the college “Right to Know” training program. Documentation of the training will be maintained by the College Safety Officer.
Date of Implementation: 6/8/99
Date of Adoption: 6/8/99