Courses in Dental Assisting

Dental Science I

DA 1811     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Dental Science is designed to provide the student with the fundamental, anatomical,and physiological structures of the human body, All body systems will be covered including embryology and histology. The focus of the course is to help students with no prior preparation in science to have a fundamental understanding of the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on the head and neck. The student will develop the necessary background knowledge to be a successful chairside and clinical assistant. (Prerequisite: Admitted to Dental Assisting program; AND a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher; AND a score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher)

Oral Anatomy

DA 1812     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Dental anatomy is the fundamental study of permanent and primary dentition, including function, occlusion and annotation systems. The focus of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge to identify adult and children's dentition, distinguish occlusion, understand eruption patterns and developmental process. (Prerequisites: admission to Dental Assisting program; AND a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher; AND a score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher)

Preclinical Dental Assisting

DA 1813     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
Pre-Clinical Dental Assisting is designed to provide fundamental knowledge of microbiology and infection control measures. Emphasis will be placed on personal protection, risk management, sterilization, chemical disinfection, environment surface and equipment aseptic techniques. The student will develop the skills necessary to apply the techniques gained within the course to all clinical and laboratory courses. Standard precautions will be utilized throughout the entire curriculum, within all courses which apply. (Prerequisites:COMM 140, PHIL 100; HLTH 1950, HLTH 1952, HLTH 1954 Co-requisite: DA 1814)

Chairside Dental Assisting I

DA 1814     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide laboratory and clinical knowledge of skills required for dental assisting. Areas of emphasis are: clinical asepsis, safety, ergonomics, and patient management. Learners will also be exposed to an introduction into chairside assisting techniques including 4 and 6 handed dentistry. (Prerequisites: HLTH 1950, HLTH 1952, HLTH 1954, COMM 140, PHIL 100, DA 1812; Co-requisite DA 1813)

Dental Materials

DA 1815     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to give students in-depth knowledge in dental material usage, manipulation, properties and purposes. The course includes both didactic and laboratory instruction for various material types including gypsum, impression materials, waxes, cements and restorative materials. Safety in handling materials will be emphasized in laboratory. (Prerequisites: DA 1811, DA 1812)

Radiology I

DA 1816     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Radiology I is designed to provide knowledge and skills in intra-oral radiographic techniques, image principles and techniques, radiographic equipment and image receptors, radiation exposure guidelines, patient and operator protection and safety, anatomical landmarks and pathologies, radiographic film, film processing mounting and viewing, record keeping and quality assurance. (Prerequisites: DA 1811, DA 1812, DA 1850)

Clinical Dental Assisting

DA 1822     2.00 Credits
Clinical Dental Assisting is designed to provide the dental assisting student with four-handed and six-handed dental assisting experience on clinical patients with practicing dental staff including outside clinical rotations. (Prerequisites: DA 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1816)

Dental Science II

DA 1823     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge in oral pathology and pharmacology. Emphasis will be placed on methods of application, classifications and usage of knowledge in clinical settings. (Prerequisites: DA 1811, DA 1812)

Dental Assisting Expanded Functions

DA 1825     5.00 Credits
Course Outline
Dental Assisting Expanded Functions is designed to train chairside dental assistants in the Expanded Functions for an advanced level of skills and knowledge permitted to provide intra-oral patient care procedures beyond traditional dental assisting duties. Procedures emphasized will be those legally allowed by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry for Licensed Dental Assistants. (Prerequisites: DA 1814, 1815)

Radiology II

DA 1826     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is a continuation of Radiology I. This in-depth course will cover the history of radiation, radiation physics, and differing radiation characteristics. The course will also include patient exposures, patient management and quality assurance. Students will also learn film techniques and processing. (Prerequisities: DA 1816)

Dental Nutrition

DA 1827     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide basic background knowledge in nutrition as it pertains to dental health and preventative dental philosophies. Emphasis will be placed on preventative dentistry and nutrition benefits of dental health. The focus of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge to define nutrition, describe key nutrients, use dietary guidelines, food labeling, food pyramids, define dental diets. Emphasis will be placed on dental health and nutritional guidelines. (Prerequisite: Admitted to Dental Assisting program)

Chairside Dental Assisting II

DA 1830     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
Chairside Dental Assisting II is a continuation of Chairside Dental Assisting I designed to provide knowledge of general and specialty dentistry with associated chairside dental assisting laboratory and clinical skills. Emphasis will be placed on general and specialty dental procedures, associated skills, dental armamentarium and supplies. (Prerequisites: DA 1814, 1815)

D.A. Internship I

DA 1831     4.00 Credits
Dental Assisting Internship I is designed to introduce the dental assisting student to the dental practice environment with clinical application of all knowledge and skills learned throughout the Dental Assisting program. The extra-mural experience provides delegated clinical duties and expanded functions assigned to the dental assistant within the field of dentistry in the local community. (Prerequisities: Successful completion of all previous dental assisting course work. Valid Healthcare Provider CPR)

D.A. Internship II

DA 1841     4.00 Credits
Dental Assisting II is a continuation of the extramural dental assisting experience designed to give the dental assistant student practical experience in dental practices. Clinical duties and expanded functions covering all aspects of the dental practice will be utilized. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous dental assisting courses. Valid Healthcare Provider CPR)

Clinical Affiliations

DA 1845     8.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to give the dental assistant student practical experience in dental practices. The extra-mural experiences will be completed in local dental offers including specialty areas as available. Clinical duties and expanded functions covering all aspects of the dental practice will be utilized. (Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous dental assisting courses. Valid Healthcare Provider CPR)

Dental Business Technologies

DA 1850     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
The course is designed to introduce students to dental software and implement software skills in clinical courses. This course will also expose students to business management aspects including administrative, financial and records management. Basic computers skills are needed for successful completion of course (Prerequisites: Admission to the Dental Assisting program)

Dental State Board Refresher

DA 3000     - Credits
Review of material for Dental registration exam.