Dental Assisting

DA 110 - Basic Dental Assisting
General overview of the Dental Assisting profession through lecture, discussions, demonstrations, laboratory activities and on-site clinic visitation. Includes examining dentistry as a profession, charting and data collection, taking and recording vital signs, four-handed dentistry and equipment use and maintenance. Laboratory portion gives students initial skills for the clinical experience in the areas of instrument identification and transfer, oral-evacuation and use of the air-water syringe. Infection control protocols established by OSHA, the Oregon Board of Dentistry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be implemented. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program. Co-requisite: DA 115, DA 125, DA 145, DA 134Co-requisites: DA 115, DA 125, DA 134, DA 145
Credits: 4    
Lecture: 2 Other: 4

DA 115 - Dental Science
Introduces the student to the following areas of study: basic anatomy and physiology, basic head and neck anatomy, dental embryology, oral histology, anatomy of the face and oral cavity, and tooth morphology. Also includes an introduction to the study of oral pathology. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 110, DA 125, DA 134, DA 145
Credits: 4    
Lecture: 4

DA 120 - Advanced Dental Assisting
Continuation of DA 110 and furthers student's knowledge of the dental assisting profession. Includes lecture, power point presentations, videos, discussions, demonstrations and lab participation. Covers the advanced dental assisting skills of dental dam placement and procedures involved with the dental specialties of endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery. Also covers the expanded functions of coronal polishing, suture removal and pit and fissure sealants as mandated by the Oregon Board of Dentistry. Prerequisite: DA 110.Co-requisites: DA 131, DA 160, DA 182, DA 191
Credits: 4    
Lecture: 2 Lab: 4

DA 125 - Dental Infection Control
Covers the principles of infection control related to the dental office, including an introduction to microbiology, cross-contamination and hazard control. Also covers OSHA standards of hazard communication and blood-borne pathogens. The management of material safety data sheets and labeling of hazardous material will be implemented. After successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Infection Control Exam (ICE). Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 110, DA 115, DA 134, DA 145
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 3

DA 130 - Dental Materials I
Covers lecture and laboratory experience in alginate impression materials, impressions and impression trays, diagnostic casts, pouring study models, trimming diagnostic casts, occlusal bite registrations and bleach tray fabrication on a vacuum former. Also covers tofflemire matrix placement, the armamentarium for amalgam and composite, and assisting with the placement of amalgam and composite on dexter. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 135, DA 150, DA 151, DA 181, DA 190
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 2 Lab: 3

DA 131 - Dental Materials II
Provides a fundamental knowledge of the materials commonly used in dental practice. Lectures cover physical, chemical and manipulative characteristics of final impression materials, cements, bases, cavity liners, cavity varnishes, waxes, composites, metals and resins. Additionally explores the indications and contraindications of each. Laboratory portion prepares students to correctly manipulate all of these materials. Students will acquire the skills necessary to fabricate custom impression trays on preliminary casts which will be used for final impressions for crowns, bridges and dentures; to clean and polish removable appliances and prostheses; and to fabricate acrylic, polycarbonate and preformed aluminum provisional restorations. Various types of laboratory-fabricated, fixed prosthodontics, their indications and contraindications will be covered. Prerequisite: DA 130.Co-requisites: DA 120, DA 160, DA 182, DA 191
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 2 Lab: 3

DA 134 - Dental Radiology I
Introduces Dental Radiology for the dental auxiliary. Includes basic principles of radiography, the history of radiation and an introduction to the physics of radiation. Also covers the biological effects of radiation for both the safety and comfort of the patient and the operator. Introduces the radiographic unit and dental x-ray film. Prerequisites: Entrance into the Dental Assisting Program or
instructor approval. Co-requisites: DA 110, DA 115, DA 125, DA 145Co-requisites: DA 110, DA 115, DA 125, DA 145
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 3

DA 135 - Dental Radiology II
Continuation of DA 134. Furthers the student's knowledge of dental radiology. Covers the relationship of dental anatomy and facial structure to the exposure of dental films. Includes instruction in the various types of film available to the dental professional. The student will perform exposure and processing techniques to a determined level of competency on manikins and then to a determined level of competency on patients. Prerequisites: DA 134- Dental Radiology I
Co-requisites: DA 130, DA 151, DA 181, DA 190.Co-requisites: DA 130, DA 150, DA 151, DA 181, DA 190
Credits: 4    
Lecture: 2 Lab: 4

DA 145 - Preventive Dentistry
Covers the components of preventive dentistry including oral hygiene education, plaque control, fluoride and dietary considerations for the dental patient. Includes ergonomics, dentistry for the special patient and the dental specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Also includes the exploration of dental public health programs. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 110, DA 115, DA 125, DA 134
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 3

DA 150 - Intro to Dental Office Management
Covers key competencies related to office practices and administrative responsibilities of the dental assistant as identified by the American Dental Association. Covers dental record preparation and maintenance, applicable computer applications, legal issues, general office management principles and professionalism in the dental office. Provides related instruction in computation. Teaches cover letter and resume writing, interviewing skills and HIPAA regulations. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 130, DA 135, DA 151, DA 181, DA 190
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 3

DA 151 - Dental Computing
Computers are an integral part of today's dental offices. They have become the method of choice for managing patient dental records, appointment scheduling, charting, processing insurance claims and establishing financial arrangements. Computer systems allow for the generation of reports, patient statements, professional and patient correspondence, treatment plans, and fees for service. This course is designed to give students the training necessary to successfully complete these front-office tasks. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 130, DA 135, DA 150, DA 181, DA 190
Credits: 1    
Lecture: 1

DA 160 - Oral Medicine
Introduces students to diagnosis, treatment and pharmacology used in the practice of dentistry. Also includes additional information on oral pathology and the dental assistant's role in dealing with dental emergencies in the dental office. Students completing this course will be capable of recognizing, reacting to, and treating the most common medical emergencies in the dental practice. Emphasis will be placed on prevention of such emergencies. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 120, DA 131, DA 182, DA 191
Credits: 3    
Lecture: 3

DA 181 - Dental Seminar I
Seminar discussions on various aspects of winter term practicums in local dental offices. Guest speakers representing dental specialties and alternative dental employment possibilities will also be scheduled. Students will share work-related experiences with the instructor and their peers. Addresses employment opportunities, completing job applications, and interviewing skills. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program.Co-requisites: DA 130, DA 135, DA 150, DA 151, DA 190
Credits: 1    
Lecture: 1

DA 182 - Dental Seminar II
Seminar discussions on various aspects of spring term practicums in local dental offices. Guest speakers representing dental specialties and alternative dental employment possibilities will also be scheduled. Students will share work-related experiences with the instructor and their peers. Covers employment opportunities, resume writing, completing job applications, and interviewing skills. Student will also prepare for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) General Chairside Exam. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program. Credits: 1    
Lecture: 1

DA 190 - Dental Assisting Practicum I
A supervised, unpaid learning experience which takes place on site at a prearranged clinical facility. Provides students with the opportunity to perform clearly identified competencies within the clinical setting. Each credit is equivalent to 30 hours in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program and DA 110, DA 115, DA 125. Corequisites: DA 120, DA 130, DA 134, DA 160, DA 181.Co-requisites: DA 130, DA 135, DA 150, DA 151, DA 181
Credits: 1 to 5    

DA 191 - Dental Assisting Practicum II
A supervised, unpaid learning experience which takes place on site at a prearranged clinical facility. Provides students with the opportunity to perform clearly identified competencies within the clinical setting. Each credit is equivalent to 30 hours in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: entrance into the Dental Assisting program and DA 190. Credits: 5    
Other: 15

DA 199 - Selected Topics: Dental Assisting
Credits: 4    

DA 999 - Dental Assisting Program
Credits: 17    
Lecture: 15 Other: 4

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