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Effective: Summer 2015

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2.5 hours lecture. (30 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The student will demonstrate accurate documentation in a patient's treatment record utilizing proper dental terminology and nomenclature.
  • The student will identify the allowable duties of the dental assistant in the State of California under direct supervision & general supervision.
Description -
Introduction to Foothill College Dental Assisting Program for the incoming student. Preview of dental practice, including specialties, history, professional and legal responsibilities and the role of the dental auxiliary; HIPAA, patient privacy, Academic Honor Code, student rights and responsibilities, strategies for student success, stress and time management, record keeping, patient communication and office personnel relations. Intended for students in the Dental Assisting Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

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. recognize effective and appropriate communication methods when interacting with other dental professionals, patients', or patient families .
  7. identify techniques for coping with stress
  8. create a time management plan for the first quarter.
  9. explain the policies and procedures for the Dental Assisting Program.
  10. identify learning style(s) and recognize relevant study skills.
Ethical and Legal Principles Competency
  1. analyze and apply to the Dental Assisting Program the Academic Honor Code of Foothill College.
  2. summarize the principles of HIPAA and patient privacy.
  3. discuss the relationship of the California State Dental Practice Act and its importance for regulating the practice of dentists and dental auxiliaries.
  4. describe the in general the duties performed by the dentist and the dental auxiliaries
  5. be able to recognize the different categories of dental auxiliaries and list in general the performance requirements of each category.
  6. 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
  7. explain the purpose of the American Dental Assistants Association Code of Ethics.
  8. recognize professional and ethical behavior of an dental assisting student.
  9. summarize the difference between the law and ethical standards.
  10. 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.
  11. recognize dental malpractice.
  12. describe appropriate record keeping and risk management activities to avoid malpractice and liability.
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.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None required.

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
  7. Student stress and coping
    1. support services for Foothill College students
    2. academic pressure
    3. substance use and abuse
    4. conflict resolution
  8. Time management
    1. identifying short term goals that lead to long term goals for dental assisting
    2. preparation of a time management schedule for the dental assisting program
    3. interrelatedness of academic personal and dental assisting career goals
    4. program expectations related to time management and attendance policies
  9. Dental Assisting Program policies and procedures
    1. Dental Assisting Program policy manual
      1. policies on grades, competency and program dismissal
      2. policies on substance abuse while attending dental assisting program
      3. policies for attendance and punctuality for lecture, lab, private practice rotations
      4. suspension, dismissal, voluntary termination
      5. due process procedures
      6. bloodborne pathogens policies at on-campus clinic, dental school and clinical rotations
      7. minimum health standards, health exams, immunizations
    2. background checks and restrictions related to dental assisting licensure
  10. Learning styles and study skills
    1. learning styles inventory
    2. study skills for success in the Dental Assisting Program
Ethical and Legal Practice
  1. Academic Honor Code of Foothill College
    1. cheating, plagiarism and other examples of academic dishonesty
    2. consequences of academic dishonesty
  2. HIPAA and patient privacy
    1. regulations related to patient privacy at dental school and clinical rotations
    2. security of patient records in the dental office
    3. implications for the dental assisting student
    4. social media issues related to patient privacy regulations at the dental school and clinical rotations
  3. State Practice Act
    1. Purpose
    2. Regulatory agencies
      1. Dental Board of California
      2. Dental Hygiene Board of California
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Ethics
    1. ADAA code of ethics
    2. ADA code of ethics
    3. CDA code of ethics
  8. Professional and ethical behavior
    1. expectations of program
    2. ability to apply knowledge
    3. ability to collaborate with the dental team
    4. understanding the patient's perspective
    5. assisting the patient with their learning needs
    6. exhibiting professionalism in verbal, non-verbal and written communications
    7. being knowledgeable about policies that impact the delivery of health care
    8. engaging in critical thinking about ethical issues and professional practice
    9. Personal versus professional ethics
    10. ethical case studies and resolutions for the dental assistant
  9. Law versus ethics
    1. Law
      1. Tort and civil law
      2. Violations and consequences
    2. Professional ethics
      1. Personal versus professional ethics
  10. Case studies
    1. Ethical theories and appropriateness for health care.
      1. Factors that influence ethical decision making.
  11. Dental malpractice
    1. Negligence
    2. Duty of care
    3. Acts of omission or commission
    4. Standard of care
    5. Informed consent
    6. Legal provisions and professional responsibilities related to the dental auxiliary
  12. Record keeping and risk management
    1. Accurate documentation
    2. Effective communication
    3. Patient advocate
Methods of Evaluation -
Quizzes, examinations, assignments, written and oral presentations. Collaborative learning project (scavenger hunt).
Representative Text(s) -
Bird, DL, Robinson, DS. Modern Dental Assisting. 11th edition. St, Louis, MO: WB Saunders, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-4377-1729-7
Bird, DL, Robinson, DS. Student Workbook to Accompany Modern Dental Assisting, 11th edition. St, Louis, MO: WB Saunders, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-4377-2728-9
Miyasaki, C. Foothill College Dental Assisting Student Policy Manual, 2014

Disciplines -
Dental Technology
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
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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.
  6. Time management schedule with reflection