Dental Assisting

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Dental Assisting2019-10-14T15:16:31+00:00
Polishing teeth and dentures
Treatments and teeth cleanings
Administrative Assistants
Preparation for patients treatment
Program Costs

* Program costs subject to change

Industry Credentials

OSHA
AMT
AED TRAINING

The dental assisting program prepares students to: function efficiently in the dental office, prepare patients for treatments and teeth cleanings using sterilized instruments.

Dental Assisting Badge

Dental assistants often assist dentists during procedures by using suction equipment to clear patients’ mouths. Dental assistants will also process oral X-rays and help maintain patient records. Depending on their licensing and certification, dental assistants can help with fluoride and sealant applications and polishing teeth and dentures.

What are the classes about?

  • Obtaining the theory and skills to assist and perform laboratory and chairside procedures
  • Developing ability to prepare patients for treatment, maintain their records and assist a dentist in their treatment in the on-site dental

What skills will students learn?

  • Assisting the dentist during a variety of dental procedures
  • Taking and developing dental X-rays
  • Developing infection control protocol
  • Preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Providing oral care instruction following dental treatment
  • Performing office management tasks and a variety of laboratory procedures related to dental treatment

Students will also perform several “hands-on” activities including working in the The Putnam Dental Clinic. The clinic is located inside the dental assisting classroom and is a work-based experience for each student in the dental assisting program. Academic’s focus on strong English skills including grammar, punctuation and terminology. Students should have an interest in science and health.

What Credentials are available?

  • HIPAA
  • OSHA 10 General
  • CPR/First Aid/AED
  • Leadership certificates through HP-Skills USA
  • Nitrous Oxide Monitoring
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • Expanded Duties for the Restorative Dental Assistant

What jobs/job titles are available to the students after graduation?

  • Chairside Assistants
  • Hygiene Assistants
  • Dental Adjudicators
  • Dental Sales
  • Receptionists
  • Sterilization Assistants
  • Public Health
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Documentation Assistants

What work skills will be needed for these jobs?

  • Interest in science and health
  • Strong communication and reading

What skills should a student have to be successful in your program?

Communication skills are extremely important to be successful in this career.
Verbal, nonverbal, and written communication need to be strong. Students will also need to be drug free.

Program Prerequisites

Student must obtain and show proof of the Hepatitis B Vaccination prior to working in the on-site dental clinic.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a “B” or better in each course to continue in the program and to be permitted in the clinic.

Students are required to wear scrub uniforms, clinic shoes, jacket and safety glasses at all times in the clinic. Students must provide their own clinic shoes meeting OSHA requirements.

For Adult General Admission Requirements, click here.

Simulated Workplace Requirements

This program participates in the Simulated Workplace environment. For details and requirements, click here

Technology Requirements

Students will be provided with any technology instruction, devices and software required.

Student Organization

Students may enroll in SkillsUSA and/or HOSA

Program Length

2 Academic Years (22 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Secondary & Adult part-time enrollment)

1 Academic Year (10 months)  – 1080 clock hours (Adult full-time enrollment)

Consisting of eight (8), nine-week courses of 135 clock hours each and one (1) course embedded throughout the program.

Schedule of Courses

Course Frequency:  Each course offered once each academic year

Secondary & Adult Part-time Schedule shown below.

Adult Full-time Schedule includes the 1st year schedule in the morning and the 2nd year schedule in the afternoon.

Eligibility Requirements for Certification

Students must earn at least an 80% on each course final exam, maintain a “B” average in the program and maintain at least 90% attendance in each course to be eligible to test for certifications.

Syllabus

Course Descriptions

0715 Advanced Principles of Health Science

Instructional content will focus on healthcare safety, environmental safety processes and procedures, ethical and legal responsibilities and mathematical computations. Medical terminology and the reinforcement, expansion and enhancement of biology content specific to diseases and disorders are an integral part of the course. Instruction will incorporate project and problem based healthcare practices and procedures to demonstrate the importance of these skills. Students will develop basic technical skills required for all health career specialties including patient privacy, communication, teamwork and occupational safety and be provided with opportunities to obtain certifications in HIPPA/Data Privacy and health care safety. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and Content skill sets.

0711 Foundations of Health Science

This course is designed to allow instructional content to focus on basic medical terminology, growth and development, nutrition, health maintenance practices and healthcare delivery systems. It is designed to provide the student with knowledge and technical skills required for infection control and the prevention of disease transmission, CPR and First Aid. Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire certification in these areas. Students utilize problem‐ solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and Content skill sets.

0746 Dental Science

This course provides an introduction to dental laboratory techniques and procedures while preparing the student for entry‐level employment as a dental laboratory assistant. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to assist and/or perform basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures. With participation and input of therapeutic services professionals, instructional content will incorporate project and problem‐based therapeutic practices and procedures to demonstrate the criticality of these skills. Students utilize problem‐solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and Content skill sets.

0743 Dental Assisting Clinical Science

The student completing this course will be able to use knowledge from previously required courses to perform and practice all aspects of Dental Laboratory Assisting in a clinical setting. Students will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to assist and/or perform basic laboratory and diagnostic procedures. With participation and input of therapeutic services professionals, instructional content will incorporate project and problem‐based therapeutic practices and procedures to demonstrate the criticality of these skills. Students utilize problem solving techniques and participate in hands‐on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization, HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and content skill sets.

0742 Dental Assistant Clinical Practice

The student within the Dental Assistant Clinical Practices course will focus on knowledge and skills required for the Dental Assistant to function within the areas of radiography and emergency medical care. Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

0749 Supervised Dental Clinical Experience

The student within the Supervised Dental Assistant Experience course will focus on instructional components that will enable him/her to work as an effective member of the dental team. Students will be introduced to the specialties of dentistry and the requirements necessary to function as an administrative and chair side assistant in a dental office. Students utilize problem- solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

0747 Dental Specialties

This course contains the beginning concepts and skills students will need for entry-level employment as a dental assistant in a specialty office. Major instructional concepts include orientation to specialty areas, instrumentation and procedures. Students are required to complete a work-based clinical experience in each of the specialty areas within this course. Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

0745 Dental Assisting Clinical Mentoring

The student in the Dental Assisting Clinical Mentoring course will participate in a school and community partnership that allows students to participate in practical “hands-on” training under the supervision of a career related professional. The partnership will take place in a clinical facility, whose staff shares insight, knowledge, and skills instruction. In addition to the clinical externship, instructional content will focus on employability skills necessary for job seeking and keeping. Students utilize problem-solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.

0748 Dental Terminology

This course contains the dental terminology needed for entry-level employment as a Dental Assistant within both clinical and administrative areas. The course includes an overview of the role, function and utilization of dental terminology. Major instructional components include the use of dental terminology in the following areas: odontology and anatomical landmarks, infection control, chair side assisting, radiography, dental laboratory, pharmacology and emergency care, business office procedures and dental specialties. Students utilize problem- solving techniques and participate in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of course concepts. Teachers should provide each student with real world learning opportunities and instruction. Students are encouraged to become active members of the student organization HOSA-Future Health Professionals. All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates learning skills, technology tools and skill sets.