This is an introductory course in head and neck anatomy and physiology for the dental assistant. Particular attention is devoted to the oral cavity. Topics include the terminology and function of the teeth, occlusion, skull, nerve innervation and blood flow. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in Dental Assisting Program) Lecture: 2 hours
This course offers students an introduction to the prevention and management of oral diseases. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in Dental Assisting Program) Lecture: 2 hours
This course introduces students to procedures and practices involved in assisting the dentist. Content includes the preparation, use and care of dental instruments and equipment; patient management; basic microbiology and infection control procedures. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in Dental Assisting Program) Lecture: 3 hours, Lab: 4 hours - Lab Fee: $20
This course covers patient evaluation with medical histories, medical emergencies and oral conditions. Students are introduced to the fundamental concepts involving the development of oral tissues. (Prerequisite: DAST 1010) Lecture: 2.5 hours
This course is a continuation of DAST 1030. Students develop basic skills for assisting the dentist with dental specialties, such as endodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Students are assigned to dental treatment facilities for supervised practice of clinical skills. Includes a one-week intercession. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1020 or 1070) Lecture: 2 hours, Lab: 4 hours, Clinical: 320 hours over 16 weeks - Lab Fee: $20
This course covers principles and practices of the dental office. Topics include telephone, patient and appointment management; the preparation, use and care of office and treatment records; third party payment; supply and inventory control; use of computers to perform basic dental office procedures; and the legal and ethical standards required of professional dental personnel. Lecture: 2 hours
This course introduces students to the materials used in dental practice, including their physical properties and uses and considerations for their selection. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in Dental Assisting Program) Lecture: 1 hour
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