Curriculum


Dental Assisting Curriculum

The dental assisting programs consist of 31 college credit hours. Students take sixteen credit hours in the fall semester and fifteen credit hours in the spring. Expanded Restorative Functions a 3 credit hour elective is offered in the spring semester for campus students and during Summer I for the DLP students.
 
Courses 

DAST-A 110 Oral Histology and Embryology (1 cr.)  Development, structure, and function of cells and tissues of the teeth and periodontium; embryologic development of the face, palate, and teeth.

DAST-A 111 Oral Pathology, Physiology, Anatomy I (2 cr.)  A111 is an overview of the structures, functions, and selected diseases of the human body, including basic cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. A113 is an introduction to diseases of the oral cavity and its related structures.

DAST-A 112 Dental Therapeutics and Medical Emergencies (2 cr.)  This course will present the pharmacology of medications that are commonly used by the physician and dentist and the diseases and indications for which these drugs are prescribed. Also, the class will review the systemic diseases and adverse reactions to dental treatment that can result in a medical emergency in the dental office and the armamentarium, medications, and procedures for treating these emergencies.

DAST-A 113 Oral Pathology, Physiology, Anatomy II (1 cr.) This course is an introduction to diseases of the oral cavity and its related structures.

DAST-A 114 Oral Anatomy (3 cr.) A study of the morphology, structure, and function of deciduous and permanent teeth and surrounding tissues, also including osteology of the maxilla and mandible, nerve and vascular supply of teeth, and muscles of mastication, with reinforcing laboratory procedures and clinical application.

DAST-A 121 Microbiology and Asepsis Technique (1 cr.) A study of microbial types, oral microbiology, bloodborne diseases, and infection control including procedures of instrument cleaning and sterilization, surface disinfection, use of protective barriers, waste management, and hazardous materials management.

DAST-A 131 Dental Materials I (2 cr.)  Lecture and laboratory courses designed to familiarize the student with the basic mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of dental materials. The role of the assistant in selection, manipulation, and biological considerations of dental materials is stressed.

DAST-A 132 Dental Materials II (2 cr.) Lecture and laboratory courses designed to familiarize the student with the basic mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of dental materials. The role of the assistant in selection, manipulation, and biological considerations of dental materials is stressed.

DAST-A 141 Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition (2 cr.) Etiology of prevalent oral diseases and their preventions with particular emphasis on plaque, plaque control, and fluorides. The effects of major nutrients on the physiologic body processes; applied nutrition in dental caries and periodontal disease. Clinical and laboratory experiences.

DAST-A 151 Radiology Clinic I (2 cr.) The principles of radiation production, theories and techniques of radiographic imaging, film processing and mounting, radiation safety, and radiographic interpretation are studied in this didactic and preclinical course.

DAST-A 152 Radiology Clinic II (1 cr.) Clinical experience in the placing, exposing, processing, evaluating, and mounting of intraoral and extroral dental radiographs. Practical application of radiation safety measures is required in the clinical setting.

DAST-A 162 Written and Oral Communication (2 cr.)  Instruction and practice in gathering and organizing material for written and oral presentation. Individual and group projects in communication, including table clinics, posters, professional articles for publication, telephone techniques, and resumes.

DAST-A 171 Clinical Science I (4 cr.)  A core course in dental nomenclature; the role of the assistant as a member of dental health team in general dentistry and dental specialties to include charting the mouth, identification and utilization of instruments and equipment, principles of dental procedures, instrument transfer, isolation techniques, and asepsis procedures. 

DAST-A 172 Clinical Science II (4 cr.) Clinical chairside experience, including an extramural assignment; allows for refining of student skills. A seminar provides students opportunities to share experiences. 

DAST-A 182 Practice Management, Ethics, and Jurisprudence (2 cr.)  A course designed to emphasize the role of the dental assistant in the management of a dental office through reception procedures, appointment control, record keeping, purchasing, third-party reimbursement, financial systems, and inventory control. Also, the legal and ethical aspects of dentistry are discussed.

DAST-A 190 Expanded Restorative Dentistry (3 cr.)
Lecture, laboratory, and clinical course designed to teach more extensively certain concepts of dental materials and their use in intraoral techniques. The principles of dental auxiliary utilization and the manipulation and placement of dental materials used in delegated intraoral functions are taught.