Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1.5 hours lecture.1.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 18 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1.5 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: 06/08;12/09;11/14/12

1. Description -
Introduction to infectious diseases important to dentistry. Instruction on disinfection, instrument decontamination, sterilization procedures and tray set-up preparation. Regulatory compliance agencies such as OSHA, CDC and ADA recommendations. Hazardous materials management and waste management. Protocols and emergency procedures for hazardous and biohazardous waste or materials. Intended for students in the dental assisting program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. select diseases or infectious conditions from a departmental list of common pathologies and associate each with the microorganism causing this condition.
  2. describe and explain methods and procedures for maintaining proper sterile and aseptic conditions in the dental office.
  3. select and demonstrate the appropriate methods for cleaning, sanitizing or sterilizing the various instruments and equipment.
  4. operate properly each of the various sterilization or sanitizing units.
  5. describe the compliance requirement for hazard communication management.
  6. describe the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, the Centers for Disease Control Recommendations and the American Dental Association Recommendations for infection control in dental offices.
  7. associate breaches in ethical behavior and dental law related to infection control and hazardous waste management
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None required.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Infectious diseases of importance to dentistry
    1. Hepatitis
    2. HIV/AIDS
    3. Herpetoviruses
    4. Tuberculosis
    5. Legionnaires disease
  2. sterile and aseptic conditions
    1. Personal protective equipment
      1. gloves
      2. masks
      3. protective eyewear
      4. protective clothing
    2. disinfection
      1. disinfecting agents
      2. appropriate use of disinfectants
      3. choosing an appropriate disinfectant
  3. instrument processing
    1. instrument processing area
    2. appropriate techniques and equipment
    3. disposal of sharps
    4. disposal of biohazardous waste
  4. sterilization
    1. methods of sterilization
    2. types of sterilization
    3. appropriate sterilization techniques
    4. spore tests and process monitors
  5. hazardous communication
    1. determination of hazardous waste
    2. storage and disposal of hazardous waste
    3. MSDS
    4. documentation of hazardous waste disposal
  6. OSHA, CDC and ADA recommendations
    1. OSHA
      1. bloodborne pathogen standard
      2. employee training
      3. record keeping
      4. exposure control plan
    2. CDC
      1. infection control recommendations for dentistry
    3. ADA
      1. infection control recommendations for dental offices
  7. ethics and dental law
    1. ethical dilemmas with infection control
    2. liability associated with improper infection control
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Multiple choice weekly quizzes.
  2. Multiple choice and short answer midterm & final exam.

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

8. Disciplines -
Dental Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Small group collaboration
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. Chapters 18-71 readings from required textbook.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-11 16:13:58

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines