Program Title: DENTAL ASSISTANT TRAINING
Occupational Objective: The program will prepare a student to work as a Dental Assistant. 31-9091 O*Net
Length of Program: 80 clock hours (completed in 10 weeks)
Program Description: This course of instruction prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as a dental assistant. Graduates may find suitable employment with general dental practices as well as in the offices of dental specialists including Endodontists, Periodontists, Orthodontists, Prosthodontists, Pediatric Dentists and Oral Surgeons. Upon completion of this program the students will be prepared to apply for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) registration with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE).
Effective 9/1/2006, to apply to become a registered dental assistant, a student must complete a mandatory short course approved by The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the dental health care delivery system and dental health occupations.
- Describe the legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental health care worker.
- Demonstrate an understanding of general anatomy and physiology and apply wellness and disease concepts.
- Recognize and respond to emergency situations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
- Use dental terminology.
- Identify structures and explain functions and pathologies of dental and general head and neck anatomy.
- Identify principles of microbiology and disease prevention and perform infection control procedures.
- Identify, describe, maintain and utilize dental instruments and equipment.
- Record patient assessment and treatment data.
- Identify the functions of pharmacology and anesthesia as they relate to dentistry
- Identify properties and uses, and manipulate dental materials.
- Perform chairside assisting for general dentistry and specialty procedures.
- Describe principles and perform techniques of preventive dentistry.
- Perform general dental business office procedures.
- Demonstrate professionalism as a dental team member in the clinical setting.
The application and enrollment process begin with the completion of a general questionnaire and an initial interview with an admissions representative. A prospective student is encouraged to call the school and make an appointment with an admission representative to discuss the program they are interested in and arrange for a tour of the school’s facilities. Each applicant will have an interview with an admissions counselor, a tour of the facilities will be provided, and the student academic and career goals discussed.