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780-Hour Dental Assisting Program Program Description The program listed below will help prepare you for a career in dental assisting and is designed for students with little or no experience in dental procedures. The program is a blended learning program and instruction is provided with lecture in the classroom and hands-on experience in the dental laboratory for core Dental Assisting courses. Instruction is provided with online distance learning for the Microsoft Office Course. Externship is conducted in a residential manner at a dental treatment facility. Upon satisfactory completion of the program detailed below, students will be granted a diploma from NCC, which will qualify students to become a registered dental assistant and obtain an entry-level position as a dental assistant in a dental practice. A computer meeting the technical specifications listed under Computer System Requirements in the Academic Policies section of the catalog and internet access are required for completion of this program. Program Schedule Day Program (37 Weeks* of Class and Externship/780 hours/52 quarter credits) Monday – Thursday ............................................................ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Night Program (37 Weeks* of Class and Externship/780 hours/52 quarter credits) Monday – Thursday .......................................................... 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. *Actual program length (in Weeks) may vary due to holidays and externship schedules. Course List LIST EACH COURSE: LECTURE LAB EXT/INT CREDIT (Name & Number) HOURS HOURS HOURS HOURS DA101 – Dental Office Administration 40 0 0 4.0 40 CONTACT HOURS DA102 – Dental Anatomy and Disease 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA103 – Medical Assessment and Documentation 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA104 – Health, Safety, and Infection Control 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA105 – Chairside Assisting: General Dentistry 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA106 – Chairside Assisting: Expanded Functions 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA107 – Chairside Assisting: Specialty Procedures 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA111 – Clinical Assisting 0 280 0 14.0 280 MOS101 – Microsoft Office Fundamentals 40 0 0 4.0 40 DA201 – Dental Assisting Externship 0 0 180 6.0 180 TOTAL 320 280 180 52.0 780 Course Descriptions DA101 – Dental Office Administration (40 Clock Hours / 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours) - Prerequisites: None - Description: This course explains the role of the dental assistant within the dental industry and the ethical and legal considerations needed to safely work a dental assistant. Additionally, this course will address the business, administrative, and marketing aspects of working in a dental office. This includes Northwest Career College, Effective – 03/26/2018 49
how to successfully navigate communication issues with patients, coworkers and supervisors, and how to perform treatment plan presentations to improve case acceptance rates. DA102 – Dental Anatomy and Disease (40 Clock Hours / 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours) - Prerequisites: None - Description: This course provides an in-depth review of head, neck, and oral anatomy, knowledge of which is fundamental to a well-rounded understanding of dental procedures, anesthesia, and pain control. It continues with a review of the different types of dentition and numbering systems used in dentistry and a discussion of tooth morphology. The course then provides instruction on the different manifestations of dental disease, such as dental caries, periodontal disease, and other oral pathologies. Finally, the course introduces the processes of oral diagnosis and treatment planning. DA103 – Medical Assessment and Documentation (40 Clock Hours / 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours) - Prerequisites: None - Description: This course provides an overview of basic human anatomy, physiology, and pathology; the principles of general pharmacology; and the basics of nutrition. In that context, this course provides instruction on the basic components of the patient record, proper documentation of patient medical histories and vital signs, and the adjustments needed to accommodate patient medication regiments or to support special needs and medically compromised patients. Finally, the course provides guidance for properly assisting with medical emergencies in the dental office. DA104 – Health, Safety, and Infection Control (40 Clock Hours / 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours) - Prerequisites: None - Description: This course introduces students to microbiology as it relates to the practice of dentistry, followed by a detailed review of disease transmission methods and disinfection and sterilization procedures. It continues with a discussion of waterline management, chemical and waste management, and quality assurance procedures. The course then provides instruction on the proper use of radiographic equipment and radiologic safety procedures. Finally, the course introduces the regulatory and advisory agencies that participate in enforcing standards related to these procedures. DA105 – Chairside Assisting: General Dentistry (40 Clock Hours / 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours) - Prerequisites: None - Description: This course introduces students to chairside assisting in the general dentistry setting, covering a range of topics from dental operatory equipment, dental hand instruments, and dental handpieces. It continues with a discussion of restorative materials; dental liners, bases, and bonding agents; and dental cements. The course then provides instruction on the proper placement and use of matrix system in restorative dentistry. The course finishes with an introduction to the materials used and procedures done in the dental laboratory setting. DA106 – Chairside Assisting: Expanded Functions (40 Clock Hours / 4.0 Quarter Credit Hours) - Prerequisites: None - Description: This course introduces students to expanded functions dental assisting. Topics include impression materials, preventive dentistry procedures such as sealants and coronal polishing, and fabrication of provisional coverage. It continues with a discussion of various moisture control 50 Northwest Career College, Effective – 03/26/2018