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

DAB170: Radiology

The Radiology module focuses on one of the dental assistant's key areas of competence. This module focuses on the tasks associated with x-ray equipment, the nature of x-rays, film placement, angulation of x-rays, mounting, and developing techniques. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 4.5 | Prerequisite: DAG151, DAK151, DAW151, and DAY151

DAG151: Patient Interaction

The Patient Interaction module, one of the four prerequisite modules for the Dental Assistant Diploma program, includes an overview of academic strategies and a review of fundamental math concepts. In addition, emphasis is 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, the development of structures of the surrounding tooth, and tissues of the oral cavity. Students practice prophylaxis procedures, instrument exchanges, and other core dental assisting skills. Additionally, students are introduced to appointment book entries, telephone techniques, filing, insurance forms, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and dental office management software. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 6.5 | Prerequisite: None

DAK151: Foundational Skills for Dental Assisting

The Foundational Skills for Dental Assisting module is one of the four prerequisite modules for entering dental assistant students. This module 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. Also included is a focus on dental anatomy and basic setup and instrumentation. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

DAO170: Operative Assisting

The Operative Assisting module includes an overview of general dentistry and chairside assisting. This module focuses on the tasks associated with working with the dentist, equipment, instruments, tray setups, patient seating, four-handed dentistry, charting, anesthetic, amalgams, resins, and various other chairside procedures. This module also focuses on passing instruments correctly and the operation and maintenance of dental equipment, in addition to fundamental skills such as oral evacuation, placing rubber dams, syringe assembling, handling, and passing, and assembling the matrix band. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: DAG151, DAK151, DAW151, and DAY151

DAP170: Dental Materials

The Dental Materials module includes an overview of the properties and proper uses of dental materials. The lab portion of this module focuses on mixing materials, taking impressions, pouring and trimming study models, and fabricating custom trays and temporary crowns. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 5.5 | Prerequisite: DAG151, DAK151, DAW151, and DAY151

DAR170: Chairside Specialties

The Chairside Specialties module focuses on the specialty practices such as periodontal surgery, root canal treatment, extractions, orthodontics, crown preparations, assisting with a child patient, assisting with crown and bridge procedures, and the process of fabricating a denture or partial. Students are taught critical regulation issues in law and ethics. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: DAG151, DAK151, DAW151, and DAY151

DAV190: Specialty Dentistry Externship

The Specialty Dentistry Externship module is designed to provide practical on-the-job experiences that augment the student's in-class experiences. Students are required to complete the 80-hour externship program 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. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 2.5 | Prerequisite: DAB170, DAO170, DAP170, and DAR170

DAW151: Technology and Terminology for Dental Assisting

The Technology and Terminology for Dental Assisting module is one of the four prerequisite modules for entering dental assistant students. This module includes an overview of computer applications, medical emergencies, medical terminology, and anatomy and physiology. Students are required to develop a plaque control program. This module emphasizes the prenatal development of teeth, development of structures of the surrounding tooth and tissues of the oral cavity, and provides instruction on the expanded duties of a dental assistant. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 6 | Prerequisite: None

DAY151: Diagnostic Assisting

One of the four prerequisite modules for the program, the Diagnostic Assisting module includes an overview of academic strategies, English fundamentals, and a review of computer applications. This module emphasizes general dentistry and chairside assisting, and focuses on the tasks associated with working hand in hand with the dentist. Emphasis is placed on patient seating, charting, anesthesia, and various other chairside procedures. The module includes a focus on maintaining dental equipment, oral evacuation, and diagnoses. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management.(Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 5 | Prerequisite: None

DAZ190: General Dentistry Externship

The General Dentistry Externship module is designed to provide practical on-the-job experiences that augments your in-class experiences. You are required to complete a minimum of 300 chairside externship hours 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. Chairside hours accumulated in the Specialty Dentistry Externship (DA V190) will be counted toward the total minimal requirement. Twenty additional hours of the General Dentistry Externship module will be devoted to preparing you to sit for the dental assisting certification examination. (Omaha campus only)

Quarter Credit Hours: 9 | Prerequisite: DAB170, DAO170, DAP170, and DAR170

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