Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
17 hours clinic.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 204 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 17 Lecture/Lab: 0
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 06/02/08; 4/26/10

1. Description -
Continuation of techniques introduced in D A 51A, 51B and 73; supervised clinical experience in externship environment; advanced and specialty chair side procedures. 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. Dental Assisting Theory & Practice
    1. perform routine chairside and or specialty dental assisting procedures
    2. observe or obtain radiographs.
    3. work cooperatively with dental faculty and staff.
    4. accept constructive criticism as a goal for better performance.
  2. Infection Control and Hazardous Waste Management:
    1. perform adequate infection control to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
    2. dispose of hazardous wastes in appropriate containers.
  3. Ethical and Legal Principles
    1. behave in a professional manner in a clinical environment.
    2. assist in the documentation of patient assessment and treatment
    3. perform legal duties allowed for DA's or RDA's as directed.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clinical facilities to provide supervised clinical practice.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Dental Assisting Theory & Practice
    1. Chair side dental assisting procedures
      1. Four handed instrument transfer
      2. Oral evacuation
      3. Placement and removal of rubber dam
      4. Set-up matrix band and wedge(s)
      5. Place topical anesthetic agent
      6. Mix impression materials, cements, liners, bases, and amalgam
      7. Assisting with restorative, preventive and surgical procedures
      8. Obtaining alginate impressions and pouring study models
      9. Pre- and post-operative instructions
      10. Dental specialty procedures.and other dental related areas
        1. Orthodontics
        2. Periodontics
        3. Oral Surgery
        4. Prosthodontics
        5. Endodontics
        6. Radiology
        7. Emergency
    2. Radiographs
      1. Full-mouth surveys
      2. Bite-wing surveys
      3. Panoramic surveys
    3. Cooperation and teamwork
      1. clinical supervisor
      2. dentist
      3. dental staff
  2. Infection Control
    1. Adequate infection control
      1. PPE
      2. Personal hygiene
      3. Set-up and breakdown
      4. Instrument decontamination and sterilization
    2. Hazardous waste management
      1. Sharps containers
      2. Hazardous waste containers
      3. Biological waste containers
  3. Ethical and Legal Principles
    1. Professionalism
      1. Student interaction
      2. Seminar discussions
    2. Documentation
      1. Medical/dental history review
      2. Extraoral/intraoral exam
      3. Periodontal exam
      4. Restorative exam
      5. Patient referrals
    3. Legal duties
      1. Dental Practice Act
      2. Role play
      3. Seminar discussion
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Routine performance evaluations.
  2. Daily and/or weekly supervisor evaluation forms with specific criteria for performance evaluations.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Bird, DL, Robinson, DS. Modern Dental Assisting, WB Saunders, St. Louis, MO, 9th edition, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
Dental Assisting.
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Demonstration, Internship/preceptorship, Community service, Field trips.
10. Lab Content -
Internship in private practice general and specialty dental offices.
Practicing chairside/back office and front office duties.
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.
Must practice documentation of treatment record.
Complete log entries in internship folder.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-05-01 11:51:37

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines