Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2.5 hours lecture.2.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 30 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2.5 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 06/02/08; 11/6/11;6/4/12

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.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

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
  1. be familiar with the Foothill College campus and services available to students while attending the dental assisting program.
  2. identify the basic parts of a computer, explain basic computer skills, internet searching and obtain an email address.
  3. explain general historical evolution of the dental profession, and explain the sociologic concerns of the profession.
  4. cite the dental auxiliaries involved in the practice of dentistry and the educational requirements for each auxiliary.
  5. explain and identify 6 of the given types of dental practices and name at least two of the services performed in each.
  6. observe and describe a general or specialty dental practice or an alternative practice setting by written and oral report.
  7. recognize effective and appropriate communication methods when interacting with other dental professionals, patients', or patient families .
Ethical and Legal Principles Competency
  1. discuss the relationship of the California State Dental Practice Act and its importance for regulating the practice of dentists and dental auxiliaries.
  2. describe the in general the duties performed by the dentist and the dental auxiliaries
  3. be able to recognize the different categories of dental auxiliaries and list in general the performance requirements of each category.
  4. list the professional and legal requirements for:
    1. licensing and certification
    2. continuation of registration and certification
    3. practice of expanded duties and extended function
  5. explain the purpose of the American Dental Assistants Association Code of Ethics.
  6. discuss the relationship between personal and professional ethics.
  7. recognize and analyze pertinent ethical issues when given dental assisting case studies and describe ethical resolutions to these problems.
  8. 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.
  9. document appropriate statements in patient charts.
Foothill College Dental Assisting Program Competencies
  1. 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.
  2. Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management: dental assistants must possess the knowledge and abilities to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  3. 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
  1. Foothill College campus and the Dental Assisting program
    1. Campus services and resources
  2. Computer orientation
    1. Email for program
    2. Netiquette
    3. Etude online orientation
      1. System requirements
      2. Student log-in
  3. History
    1. Timeline
    2. Dental professional contributors
  4. Overview of the dental profession
    1. Professional and educational responsibilities
      1. State or regional licensing/credentialing
    2. The role of the auxiliary in dentistry
      1. The assistant, hygienist, laboratory technician
      2. Career alternatives including extended functions licensing
      3. Educational requirements for auxiliaries
        1. Licensing/certification
        2. Maintaining license and re-certification
    3. Professional organizations for dentists and auxiliaries
  5. General and specialty practices
    1. Pedodontics
    2. Orthodontics
    3. Prosthodontics
    4. Periodontics
    5. Oral and maxillofacial surgery
    6. Public health education
  6. Strategies for communication with dental staff, patients' and patient family members or significant others
Ethical and Legal Practice
  1. State Practice Act
    1. Purpose
    2. Regulatory agencies
      1. Dental Board of California
      2. Dental Hygiene Board of California
  2. Duties
    1. Duties in State Practice Act
    2. DA and RDA duties
      1. General supervision
        1. General
        2. Direct
        3. Supervision to be determined by the dentist
    3. Compliance and consequences of non-compliance
  3. Dental assisting categories
    1. Unlicensed Dental Assistant
    2. Registered Dental Assistant
    3. Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions
    4. Orthodontic Assistant Permit
    5. Dental Sedation Assistant Permit
  4. Professional and legal requirements
    1. Licensing and certification
      1. State licensing
        1. Dental Board of California applications
      2. Dental Assisting National Board
        1. Certified Dental Assistant
    2. Renewal of license/certificate
      1. Continuing education requirements
      2. Other required documents
        1. BLS
        2. Mandatory infection control course
        3. Mandatory dental practice act course
  5. Ethics
    1. ADAA code of ethics
    2. ADA code of ethics
    3. CDA code of ethics
  6. Law versus ethics
    1. Law
      1. Tort and civil law
      2. Violations and consequences
    2. Professional ethics
      1. Personal versus professional ethics
  7. Case studies
    1. Ethical theories and appropriateness for health care.
      1. Factors that influence ethical decision making.
  8. Dental malpractice
    1. Negligence
    2. Duty of care
    3. Acts of omission or commission
    4. Standard of care
    5. Informed consent
  9. Legal provisions and professional responsibilities related to the dental auxiliary
    1. Record keeping and risk management
  10. Risk management
    1. Accurate documentation
    2. Effective communication
    3. 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 -
  1. Online lecture, workbook assignments, online continuing education short courses.
  2. Chapter readings from textbook.
  3. Documentation of patient treatment in treatment record.
  4. 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 -
  1. Chapter readings from textbook
  2. Self introduction posted online
  3. Netiquette assignment
  4. Self-assessment essay
  5. online supplemental reading.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree and Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-11 16:02:01

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines