Dental Assisting Course Descriptions

DA:105
Principles of Dental Assisting
(5 credits)  S
This course provides the fundamentals and skills of four-handed dentistry; chairside assisting procedures, instrumentation and patient care by lecture and laboratory experiences.
(59.4 Lec. Hrs./118.8 Lab Hrs.)
Co-requisites:  DA:120 and DA:130.


DA:110
Office Management for Dental Assistants
(1 credits)  S
This course focuses on developing skills as a dental business assistant. It will include an introduction to computer skills and use of those skills in a dental office.
(19.8 Lec. Hrs.)


DA:115
Microbiology and Infection Control for
Dental Assistants
(2 credits)  S
This course will acquaint the dental assisting student with a general knowledge of microbiology. Students will be presented the infection control procedures and protection protocols based on OSHA standards and CDC guidelines.
(39.6 Lec. Hrs.)


DA:120
Materials and Techniques for Dental Assistants
(5 credits)  S
This course provides the student with the basic understanding of dental materials and the practical application of laboratory skills used in dentistry.
(79.2 Lec. Hrs./59.4 Lab Hrs.)
Co-requisites:  DA:105, DA:130, DA:115, DA:125 and DA:135.


DA:125
Anatomy for Dental Assistants
(2 credits)  S
This course will include the basic study of structure and functions of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on head and neck anatomy.
(39.6 Lec. Hrs.)
Co-requisites:  DA:135.


DA:130
Radiology I for Dental Assistants
(2 credits)  S
This course covers the history and theory of dental radiology. It includes radiation productions, equipment, exposure techniques, processing, mounting films and radiation safety for the patient and the dental assistant. The student receives practical experience working with dental mannequins.
(19.8 Lec. Hrs./59.4 Lab Hrs.)
Co-requisites:  DA:105, DA:121, DA:135, DA:115 and DA:125.


DA:135
Dental Science
(1 credits)  S
This course is designed to introduce histology, embryology and gross anatomy of the deciduous and permanent teeth. This also includes the structure, function and form of individual teeth and supportive tissue. Universal numbering, cavity classification, cavity preparation forms will be discussed.
(19.8 Lec. Hrs.)
Co-requisites:  DA:125.


DA:152
Radiology II for Dental Assistants
(2 credits)  S
This course will build on the foundation acquired in Radiology I for Dental Assistants. It will include practical experience in exposing, processing and evaluating dental films on mannequins and patients.
(19.8 Lec. Hrs.)
Prerequisite:  DA:130, DA:105, DA:110, DA:115, DA:120, DA:125 and DA:135.
Co-requisites:  DA:155, DA:160, DA:165, DA:170 and DA:176.


DA:155
Nutrition for Dental Assistants
(1 credits)  S
This course is designed to give the student an overview of basic nutrition and its role in dentistry.
(19.8 Lec. Hrs.)


DA:160
Pharmacology and Emergency Procedures for
Dental Assistants
(2 credits)  S
This course is a study of the nature, action and uses of drugs seen in a dental setting. The student also will learn how to respond to the various emergencies that may occur in a dental office.
(39.6 Lec. Hrs.)


DA:165
Specialty Areas for Dental Assistants
(3 credits)  S
This course will introduce the student to the specialty areas of dentistry which include endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, public health and pediatric dentistry. It will include instrumentation, procedures and the dental assistant's role in each specialty.
(59.4 Lec. Hrs.)
Prerequisite:  DA:105, DA:110, DA:120, DA:130, DA:135, DA:115 and DA:125.
Co-requisites:  All second semester Dental Assisting courses.


DA:170
Seminar for Dental Assistants
(1 credits)  S
This course will include lectures, conferences, reports and discussion of procedures and experiences encountered during dental practicum. It will also acquaint the student with the history and structure of dental auxiliary organizations.
(19.8 Lec. Hrs.)
Prerequisite:  All first semester Dental Assisting courses.
Co-requisites:  All second semester Dental Assisting courses.


DA:176
Practicum for Dental Assistants
(5 credits)  S
This course provides the dental assisting student with experiences in chair-side assisting, laboratory procedures and reception duties in various general and specialty dental offices.
(475.2 Clinical Hrs.)
Prerequisite:  All first semester Dental Assisting courses.
Co-requisites:  DA:170.