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Health Occupations

Course Descriptions for Dental Assisting

DA-153 Dental Science
(2 units LEC)
An introduction to basic life science with an emphasis on anatomical systems and structures that have dental significance. Topics will include head and neck anatomy, dental terminology, histology, embryology, tooth eruption sequence, formation, function and classification of occlusion. Other topics include microorganisms, blood borne pathogens, disease transmission and prevention.
Note: Prior admission to the DA program is required.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-154 Dental Materials and Procedures
(3 units LEC/LAB)
A course in the application and use of modern dental products commonly used in all aspects of dental assisting. Skills, techniques, and sequences are emphasized. Topics include: infection control, regulatory agencies and guidelines, preventative and restorative products, impression materials, gypsum and study models, and cements. Laboratory duties and various tray fabrication methods are introduced.
Note: Prior admission to the DA program is required.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-155 Dental Radiography
(2 units LEC/LAB)
A foundation in radiographic principles. Concepts, skills, and techniques are applied. Topics include: radiation history, safety/protection, equipment, exposure techniques, film development, and storage. Errors in performance are interpreted and critiqued. Laboratory and clinical experience occur under direct supervision and guidance of faculty.
Note: Prior admission to the DA program is required.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-156 Dental Assisting Fundamentals (Chairside)
(5 units LEC/LAB)
A foundation in clinical dental assisting. Preventative and restorative procedures, skills and techniques are emphasized common to general dentistry practices. Topics include: practice and facility setups; infection control; ergonomics and delivery; moisture control; patient information and assessment; pain management; and emergency care.
Note: Prior admission to the DA Program is required. Clinical Experience in chairside assisting in the on-campus Dental Health Center occurs under direct supervision and guidance of faculty and dentists.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-163 Dental Disease and Oral Health Issues
(2 units LEC)
A study of themes surrounding patient care. Topics include patient assessment and education in the areas of preventative dentistry, nutrition, oral lesions/conditions, oral cancers, eating disorders, oral habits, substance abuse, developmental anomalies, and special patient populations. Also, the use of prescription drugs and medications commonly used in the dental setting to treat, prevent, and sedate are discussed.
Note: Prior admission to the DA program is required.
Prerequisite: DA-153
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-164 Dental Specialties and Expanded Duties
(3 units LEC/LAB)
A study of the fundamentals in specialized dentistry. Instruments, procedures, and expanded duties of common specialties are emphasized. Topics include pedodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, and endodontics. Advanced skills and concepts in expanded duties in both general and specialty dentistry as required by the California Dental Practice Act are implemented.
Prerequisite: DA-153, DA-154, DA-155, and DA-156
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-165 Advanced Dental Radiography
(2 units LEC/LAB)
A course advancing dental radiographic principles and procedures, with special emhasis on technique, evaluation, and interpretation. Topics include recognition of anatomical landmarks, classification of dental anatomy, detection of pathology, extra-oral and digital radiography procedures.
Note: Laboratory and clinical experience occur under direct and indirect supervision of faculty.
Prerequisite: DA-153, DA-154, DA-155, and DA-156
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-166 Dental Front Office Skills
(1 unit LEC)
An introduction to dentistry as a business. Common duties of the administrative assistant, customer service, and communication etiquette are emphasized. Topics include organization of documents/files, business systems, computerized practice management, financial arrangements, collections, insurance claims, financial responsibilities of the business, inventory, budgeting, marketing, and scheduling. Also discussed is the objectives of the dental assistant in the workplace.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-350 and MATH-372

DA-167 Dental Clinical Experience
(6 units LEC/LAB)
A clinical practice course working under the direct supervision of dentists and faculty in the on-campus Dental Health Center and in selected private offices. Development of professional attitude in all phases of dental assisting and advancement of skills in the use of materials, techniques, and equipment are emphasized. Application of expanded duties as defined by the California Dental Practice Act in both general and specialty dentistry are performed.
Prerequisite: DA-153, DA-154, DA-155, and DA-156