Dental Assisting - DA

DA F132 Administrative Procedures for the Dental Assistant

2 Credits
Offered Fall

Administrative responsibilities performed by dental assistants in dental facilities. Includes duties of the office assistant, receptionist or secretary, and insurance coordinator. Focus on reception, telephone procedures, scheduling, public relations, insurance and professionalism. Prerequisites: High school graduation, GED, or permission of instructor. (2+0)

DA F150 Dental Radiography

4 Credits


The study of film and digital radiographic techniques in the dental practice. Introduces student to radiographic anatomy and radiation physics. Includes safety in exposing, processing and mounting dental radiographs. Presents hazardous materials handling, equipment operation and maintenance. Prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board's radiology health and safety examination. Special fees apply. (3+2)

DA F151 Dental Infection Control

2 Credits


Principles and practices of infection control in the dental office. Includes knowledge of disease, microbiology, transmission prevention and methods of compliance with OSHA and CDC regulations. Prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Boards infection control examination. (2+0)

DA F152 Dental Materials and Applications

4 Credits


Physical and chemical properties of restorative dental materials and the application of those materials. Includes properties and manipulation of gypsum material, impression materials and custom trays, basic crown and bridge procedures. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F151 or may be taken concurrently. (2+4)

DA F153 Anatomy for Dental Assistants

3 Credits


Study of anatomy as it applies to the field of dental assisting. Includes basic body systems and an in-depth examination of dental embryology, histology, morphology and head/neck anatomy. (3+0)

DA F251 Clinical Chairside I for Dental Assistants

6 Credits


Introduction to dental assisting. Beginning skills necessary to function as a chairside dental assistant in a general dentistry practice. Emphasis on developing clinical skills in four-handed dentistry techniques. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of program coordinator. (3+6)

DA F252 Clinical Chairside II for Dental Assistants

6 Credits


Emphasizes advanced dental assisting skills necessary in general dentistry. Includes taking impressions for study models, radiography, matrix assembly, rubber dam application, assisting with the administration of local anesthetics, temporary crowns, oral health and nutrition. Includes introduction to specialty practices. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F251. (3+6)

DA F253 Clinical Chairside III for Dental Assistants

3 Credits


Continued learning in the dental specialties including prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F251; HLTH F252; permission of program coordinator. (2+2)

DA F254 Dental Assistant Practicum

4 Credits


Clinical, off-campus course for dental assisting students. Placement in general and specialty dental offices under direct supervision by participating dentist and program faculty. Includes seminars to discuss progress and experiences. Prerequisites: HLTH F122; HLTH F132; HLTH F150; HLTH F152; HLTH F153; HLTH F234; HLTH F251; HLTH F252; HLTH F253; enrollment by special permission only. (1+0+20)