Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Course Descriptions

Award: Diploma

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BIO163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology

4 credits – This course is an introduction to the principles of human anatomy and physiology beginning with the cellular/biochemical level of organization and progressing through a comprehensive study of organ systems emphasizing homeostasis. This is a one-term transfer level class designed for students entering allied health fields or biological sciences. To be applicable to any health career program, successful completion with a grade of "C" or better is required. Each student must enroll for one laboratory section.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $50.00

COM730 Communications

3 credits – This course presents elements of oral and written communications with applications to routine correspondence and oral communication situations in the work place. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the development and improvement of writing skills and oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

DEA103 Orientation to Dental Assisting

2 credits – This course introduces students to dentistry, certification, dental terminology, and legal and ethical aspects of dental practice. Concepts and procedures of preventive dentistry and oral health education are also included.

Lecture Hours: 32

DEA258 Dental Anatomy

4 credits – This course presents oral and dental structures, head and neck anatomy, oral embryology and histology, and the relationship of oral and dental anatomy to dental procedures and treatment. Also included is a study of basic microbiology, disease transmission, and the relationship of disease processes.

Lecture Hours: 64

DEA263 Dental Science II

2 credits – This course provides students with basic understanding of biomedical and dental sciences including: Oral pathology and disease processes, pharmacology and therapeutics, emergency treatment, oral hygiene, and nutrition and dietary considerations for dental patients.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology, BIO160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab, DEA103 Orientation to Dental Assisting

DEA302 Dental Radiography

3 credits – This course covers the principles, properties, techniques and protective procedures involved with exposure of dental radiographs. Primary emphasis is on the development of skill proficiency in techniques of intraoral and extraoral dental radiography.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $90.00

DEA412 Dental Materials I

3 credits – This course provides information related to various dental materials, their composition, classification, manipulation, preparation, and usage. Emphasis is given to materials commonly used in the practice of general dentistry.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

DEA417 Dental Materials II

2 credits – This course is a study of restorative materials; specifically gold, porcelain, denture resin, and other metals and their usage in dentistry. Additional laboratory procedures commonly performed in dental offices are also included.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: DEA412 Dental Materials I

DEA513 Chairside Assisting I

4 credits – This course is a study of basic operative and chairside assisting procedures; dental equipment, its function and maintenance; dental armamentarium, instrumentation, procedural tray setups, charting, development of clinical records, and patient screening procedures.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

Course Fee: $75.00

DEA514 Chairside Assisting II

2 credits – This course presents instruction in additional chairside assisting procedures including intraoral functions that are legally delegable to dental assistants in Iowa. All procedures are taught to the level of laboratory competence, and some procedures are taught to clinical competency levels. A study of patient behavior and considerations for special patients is also included.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: DEA513 Chairside Assisting I

DEA556 Assisting Clinic I

4 credits – This course provides students with selected clinical experiences in those basic chairside dental assisting procedures commonly performed in a general dental office. Facilities used will be primarily the school dental clinic and private dental offices. Students will assist dentists in accomplishing necessary dental procedures for patients while rotating through the clinical areas to obtain maximum clinical exposures and experiences. All clinical procedures are performed with supervision of participating dentists and instructors.

Lecture Hours: 0

Other Requirements: Dental Assisting Semester I courses and/or departmental approval. Current CPR and Health Sciences Department Exposure Control Program.

DEA557 Assisting Clinic II

3 credits – This course provides students with clinical chairside assisting experience in a dental office setting. Student experiences are planned and provided to assist students to apply acquired knowledge and understanding of dental assisting responsibilities and procedures. Private, general, and specialty dental offices are selected by the program coordinator according to specific criteria for clinical training of students. All clinical procedures accomplished by students will be performed with supervision by participating dentists and dental staff personnel together with periodic visitation of program instructors. Completion of this course of clinical training to a successful level of proficiency and competency will substantiate that the student has, in fact, progressed to performing as a dental assistant for office utilization.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 24

Other Requirements: Successful completion of Dental Assisting Semester I and II and/or departmental approval. Current CPR and Health Sciences Department Exposure Control Program.

DEA595 Career Strategies and Seminar

2 credits – This course provides students with opportunities to critique evaluate and discuss their clinical experiences and observations in private dental offices. Additionally, this course assists students in learning how to acquire and attain continued success in the profession with emphasis on personal career interests and continued educational opportunities in dental assisting. In addition, this course provides discussion of legal aspects and employment strategies for dental assisting.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in all Dental Assisting program courses.

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in DEA557 Assisting Clinic II

Course Fee: $65.00

DEA603 Dental Specialties

2 credits – This course provides students with knowledge and understanding of dental procedures in the specialties of Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, and Periodontics. Students are introduced to assisting responsibilities, instrumentation, and procedures of each of these specialties. Dental Public Health and Oral Pathology, as dental specialties, will also be included.

Lecture Hours: 32

DEA702 Dental Office Procedures

2 credits – This course is a study of basic responsibilities of dental office receptionists. Procedures included in the course are: management of patient records, filing, completion of insurance claim forms, basic bookkeeping, banking, appointment control, recall management, inventory control, credit and collection, and employer records management. Instruction is provided in computer applications relating to these office management procedures. Also included in this course is a study of office design and office management concepts.

Lecture Hours: 32

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits – This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

 

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Candace Croft
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319-296-4432
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