Dental Assistant

Program Description

This program is designed for those students who desire knowledge and skills for employment in area of Dental Assisting.

 

 


Course Descriptions

DA01 - Dental Science

This course will provide the student with knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems with special emphasis in those areas related to the practice of dentistry to include: morphology, histology, and embryology. Dental charting is an integral part of this course and will address the terms and abbreviations required for charting, the numbering system, and cavity classifications. Students will gain knowledge regarding the management of medical emergency situations which will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students will take a CPR course that will include a written and practical exam. CPR certification is a requirement of the Dental Assisting program. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA01) Prerequisite: NONE

DA02 - Restorative Dentistry

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the dental office, basic chairside assisting, and instrument transfers, maintaining a sterile field and basic chairside instruments and tray systems. In addition the student is introduced to the names, properties and characteristics of materials commonly used in the restoration of teeth. Students will gain knowledge about the various materials and specific techniques that are frequently used in the dental office. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA02) Prerequisite: DA01

DA03 - Radiography and Radiation Safety

This course will provide the students with the techniques of radiation safety, the production, processing, proper storage of dental x-rays, and the legal implications of dental radiography. Digital radiography, intra- and extra-oral imaging will also be presented. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive their x-ray certificate. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA03). Prerequisite: DA01

DA04 - Dental Specialties

This course will introduce the student to the following specialty areas of dentistry: dental public health, endodontics, oral & maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics, pedodontics, and fixed and removable prosthodontics including face bow transfers. Students will gain knowledge about each of the dental practices and the treatments that are available within them. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA04). Prerequisite: DA01

DA05 - Pharmacology

This course will provide the student with an overview of Pharmacology with a special emphasis on the various drugs that are encountered in dentistry. Focus will be on drug laws, prescriptions routes of administration, and the management of pain and anxiety in the dental environment. Sedation and preparing anesthetics for the dentist will also be taught. Students will gain knowledge regarding the management of medical emergency situations which will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students will take a CPR course that will include a written and practical exam. CPR certification is a requirement of the Dental Assisting program. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA05). Prerequisite: DA01

DA06 - Preventative Dentistry

This course will provide the students with knowledge regarding overall nutrition and preventative dentistry to include: Coronal polishing and pit and fissure sealants. Students will be taught the proper oral hygiene techniques such as: tooth brushing, flossing, and administering fluoride treatments. Upon successful completion of this course the student will receive their coronal polishing and sealant cards. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA06). Prerequisite: DA01

DA07 - Dental Administration

This course will provide the student with knowledge of information, management, patient clinical records, appointment scheduling, insurance processing, effective communication skills, and telephone techniques. Upon completion of this course, the student will have completed a professional cover letter and resume and gained the necessary professional skills to find successful employment in a professional environment. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA07). Prerequisite:

DA08 - Dental Law and Ergonomics

This course will provide the student with the necessary guidelines and standards required for becoming a Registered Dental Assistant. Topics that will be covered include: dental law and ethics, ergonomics in the dental operatory, laboratory materials and techniques, as well as the California Dental Practice Act. The student will be assigned out of class work of approximately 20 hours for this class. (DA08). Prerequisite:

DA09 - Externship

This module immediately follows the successful completion of classroom and laboratory training. Externships are served in approved facilities that provide the students with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the program. Externs are evaluated on skill performance, subject knowledge, professionalism and attendance. Externship evaluations become part of the students’ permanent record. Satisfactory completion of externship training is required for graduation. (DA09). Prerequisite: Completion of

DA01, DA02, DA03, DA04, DA05, DA06, DA07, DA08

 

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Accreditation/Approvals

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InterCoast Colleges, a private institution, was granted institutional approval to operate by the BPPE, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education pursuant to California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8.. The Bureau’s approval means that the institution and its operation comply with the minimum standards established under the law for occupational instruction by private Postsecondary educational institutions and does not imply endorsement or recommendation.

The central mission of InterCoast is to provide Associates Degree and Diploma level educational career program designed to prepare students to succeed in the medical, legal, business and technical industries by enabling them to meet the highest expectations of employers for entry level professions. Each program shares this mission.

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Eligible to Receive VA Education Benefits