Dental Assisting (DA)

DA101: Foundational Skills for Chairside Assisting and Communication Strategies

The Foundational Skills for Chairside Assisting and Communication Strategies course is one of two prerequisite courses for entering dental assistant students. This course includes an overview of academic strategies, computer applications, medical emergencies, anatomy and physiology, and English fundamentals. This course emphasizes the prenatal development of teeth and the development of structures of the surrounding tooth and tissues of the oral cavity, and provides instruction on the expanded duties of a dental assistant. Emphasis is also placed on patient seating, charting, anesthesia, and various other chairside skills. The course includes a focus on skills associated with chairside assisting, maintaining the dental operatory, and development of professionalism.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

DA102: Patient Interaction and Core Dental Assisting Skills

The Patient Interaction and Core Dental Assisting Skills course, one of the two prerequisite courses for the Dental Assistant Diploma program, includes an overview of academic strategies; general concepts of nutrition, law, and ethics; math fundamentals; an introduction to pharmacology, infection control, and vital signs; and complementary and alternative medicine. Emphasis is also placed on the types and physical characteristics of microorganisms and their method of study, the most common diseases found in the oral cavity, the prenatal development of teeth, and dental anatomy. Additionally, students are introduced to dental instrument setups, four-handed dentistry, and office management skills in the dental office. This course is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

DA201: Dental Radiology and Chairside Specialties

The Dental Radiology and Chairside Specialties course focuses on tasks associated with x-ray equipment, the nature of x-rays, film placement angulation of x-rays, mounting, and digital techniques. This course also emphasizes specialty chairside skills and procedures such as periodontal surgery, root canal treatment, extractions, orthodontics, crown preparations, assisting with a pediatric patient, assisting with crown and bridge procedures, and the process of fabricating a denture or partial. You will also be taught critical regulation issues in law and ethics. The course is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

DA202: Dental Materials and General Chairside

The Dental Materials and General Chairside course includes an overview of the properties and proper uses of dental materials, general dentistry procedures, and chairside skills. This course focuses on the dental assisting tasks associated with four-handed dentistry, procedural tray setups, operating equipment, passing instruments, and performing preclinical procedures. Also, emphasis is placed on coronal polishing and dental lab skills encompassing mixing materials, taking impressions, pouring and trimming study models, and fabricating custom trays and temporary crowns. The course is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management.

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

DA297: Dental Externship I

Externship I is designed to provide practical on-the-job experiences that augment the student's in-class experiences. Students are required to complete the 220-hour externship course at a work site connected with their field of study, which normally includes health care facilities such as private or group practices, clinics, and industrial clinics. This externship includes 20 hours devoted to a combination of peer collaboration and preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Quarter Credit Hours: 9 | Prerequisite: DA101, DA102, DA201, and DA202

DA298: Dental Externship II

Externship II is designed to provide, in-depth, on-the-job experiences that augment your prior externship experience. You are required to complete the 220-hour externship course at a work site connected with your field of study, which normally includes health care facilities such as private or group practices, clinics, and industrial clinics. This externship includes 20 hours devoted to a combination of peer collaboration and preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Quarter Credit Hours: 9 | Prerequisite: DA101, DA102, DA201, DA202, and DA297