|1. Description - |
|Preview of dental practice, including specialties, history, professional and legal responsibilities and the role of the dental auxiliary; dental forms, record keeping, patient communication and office personnel relations. Intended for students in the dental assisting program.|
|Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The Foothill College Dental Assisting Program is a competency based program. Students taking this course will have expected outcomes under one of the three program competency based statements. |
The student will be able to:
Dental Assisting Theory & Practice Competency
Ethical and Legal Principles Competency
- be familiar with the Foothill College campus and services available to students while attending the dental assisting program.
- identify the basic parts of a computer, explain basic computer skills, internet searching and obtain an email address.
- explain general historical evolution of the dental profession, and explain the sociologic concerns of the profession.
- cite the dental auxiliaries involved in the practice of dentistry and the educational requirements for each auxiliary.
- explain and identify 6 of the given types of dental practices and name at least two of the services performed in each.
- observe and describe a general or specialty dental practice or an alternative practice setting by written and oral report.
- recognize effective and appropriate communication methods when interacting with other dental professionals, patients', or patient families .
Foothill College Dental Assisting Program Competencies
- discuss the relationship of the California State Dental Practice Act and its importance for regulating the practice of dentists and dental auxiliaries.
- describe the in general the duties performed by the dentist and the dental auxiliaries
- be able to recognize the different categories of dental auxiliaries and list in general the performance requirements of each category.
- list the professional and legal requirements for:
- licensing and certification
- continuation of registration and certification
- practice of expanded duties and extended function
- explain the purpose of the American Dental Assistants Association Code of Ethics.
- discuss the relationship between personal and professional ethics.
- recognize and analyze pertinent ethical issues when given dental assisting case studies and describe ethical resolutions to these problems.
- identify dental practice situations where malpractice might occur and discuss negligence, duty of care, acts of omission or commission, standard of care, and informed consent.
- document appropriate statements in patient charts.
- Dental Assisting Theory & Practice: dental assisting students must be competent in applying the theory and practice of dental assisting for persons of all ages and abilities.
- Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management: dental assistants must possess the knowledge and abilities to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
- Ethical and Legal Principles: dental assisting students must be competent in understanding ethical/legal principles as applied to the dental office.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|None required. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
|Dental Assisting Theory and Practice |
Ethical and Legal Practice
- Foothill College campus and the Dental Assisting program
- Campus services and resources
- Computer orientation
- Email for program
- Etude online orientation
- System requirements
- Student log-in
- Dental professional contributors
- Overview of the dental profession
- Professional and educational responsibilities
- State or regional licensing/credentialing
- The role of the auxiliary in dentistry
- The assistant, hygienist, laboratory technician
- Career alternatives including extended functions licensing
- Educational requirements for auxiliaries
- Maintaining license and re-certification
- Professional organizations for dentists and auxiliaries
- General and specialty practices
- Oral and maxillofacial surgery
- Public health education
- Strategies for communication with dental staff, patients' and patient family members or significant others
- State Practice Act
- Regulatory agencies
- Dental Board of California
- Dental Hygiene Board of California
- Duties in State Practice Act
- DA and RDA duties
- General supervision
- Supervision to be determined by the dentist
- Compliance and consequences of non-compliance
- Dental assisting categories
- Unlicensed Dental Assistant
- Registered Dental Assistant
- Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions
- Orthodontic Assistant Permit
- Dental Sedation Assistant Permit
- Professional and legal requirements
- Licensing and certification
- State licensing
- Dental Board of California applications
- Dental Assisting National Board
- Certified Dental Assistant
- Renewal of license/certificate
- Continuing education requirements
- Other required documents
- Mandatory infection control course
- Mandatory dental practice act course
- ADAA code of ethics
- ADA code of ethics
- CDA code of ethics
- Law versus ethics
- Tort and civil law
- Violations and consequences
- Professional ethics
- Personal versus professional ethics
- Case studies
- Ethical theories and appropriateness for health care.
- Factors that influence ethical decision making.
- Dental malpractice
- Duty of care
- Acts of omission or commission
- Standard of care
- Informed consent
- Legal provisions and professional responsibilities related to the dental auxiliary
- Record keeping and risk management
- Risk management
- Accurate documentation
- Effective communication
- Patient advocate
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
|Quizzes, examinations, assignments, written and oral presentations. Collaborative learning project (scavenger hunt). |
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Bird, DL, Robinson, DS. Modern Dental Assisting. 10th edition. St, Louis, MO: WB Saunders, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4377-1729-7 |
Bird, DL, Robinson, DS. Student Workbook to Accompany Modern Dental Assisting, 10th edition. St, Louis, MO: WB Saunders, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4377-2728-9
Miyasaki, C. Foothill College Dental Assisting Student Policy Manual, 2012
|8. Disciplines - |
|Dental Technology |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Online lecture, workbook assignments, online continuing education short courses.
- Chapter readings from textbook.
- Documentation of patient treatment in treatment record.
- Log entries in internship folder
|10. Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Chapter readings from textbook
- Self introduction posted online
- Netiquette assignment
- Self-assessment essay
- Dentalcare.com online supplemental reading.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a required core course for the AS degree and Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting. |