Dental Assisting


DLA 1200. Dental Science I. 1 hr.

This 8-week course will familiarize students with the foundations of anatomical terminology and the basic dental structures, nomenclature, structures of the oral cavity, information about the tooth and its surrounding structures, tooth identification systems, and an in-depth study of the different types of teeth, the description, surfaces, and additonal details needed to identify the tooth inside or outside of the oral cavity. Students will study embryology and histology, occlusion, as well as form and and function of the permanent and primary dentitions. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program.

DLA 1201. Dental Materials & Lab Procedures. 4 hrs.

This course stresses the physical properties, manipulation and applications of gypsum products, dental cements, restorative products, bonding systems, impression materials, and dental waxes currently used in dentistry. Hands-on, laboratory experience is used to ensure proper technique is being followed. CODA standards, CDC and OSHA guidelines and proper aseptic techniques are strictly adhered to. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program; successful completion with a "C" or better in DLA 1209.

DLA 1202. Supervised Dental Assisting Practice. 1.5 hr.

This course provides the student with actual clinical experience in four-handed, sit-down dentistry. Through supervised clinical practice in our on-campus clinic an opportunity for developing competence and confidence in the utilization of dental assisting knowledge and skills will be provided to the student. Competence in expanded functions allowed in Illinois will also be developed by the student. Lab, two hours per week; lecture, one-half hour per week. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first semester DLA courses and enrollment in, or successful completion of second semester DLA courses.

DLA 1203. Chairside Assisting I. 4 hrs.

This course provides information on the history of dentistry and its progression, educational requirements of the dental team, as well as ethics, jurisprudence and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act relating to dentistry. Preparation for patient care, including the patient record, observations and assessments, examination, vital signs, dental charting, and the introduction to the dental office and basic chairside assisting are also emphasized. Students will learn basic chairside instruments and maintenance, tray systems, instrument transfer, and how to maintain the operating field. Psychology, communication, multicultural interaction and emergency management will also be presented at length. Current OSHA and CDC guidelines for infection control and handling of hazardous materials are practiced. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program.

DLA 1204. Dental Radiography I. 2 hrs.

This course consists of the study and practice of exposing radiographs commonly required in dental practice, and includes the processing, mounting, and filing of intra-oral radiographs. Biological effects of radiation and safety measures are emphasized. Lecture, two hours per week; lab, two hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program;successful completion with a "C" or better in DLA 1209.

DLA 1205. Preventative Dentistry I. 1.5 hr.

This course includes discussion on the causes and treatments of dental caries and periodontal disease with emphasis on diet, nutrition, proper home care, and the dental assistant's role in prevention. Personal oral health is stressed and students will prepare and present programs to patients regarding personal oral hygiene. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program; successful completion of DLA 1209.

DLA 1206. Communication in Healthcare. 1 hr.

This course is designed to provide students with all the necessary tools to effectively communicate with patients and other health care professionals. It presents condensed amounts of content for learning the basic principles and then integrating elements such as case scenarios, questions, or hints and tips to encourage application of those principles into real-life situations. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program or Dental Office Management Certificate.

DLA 1208. Preventative II- Coronal Scaling. 2 hrs.

This course will include areas of study in dental anatomy, public health dentistry, medical history, dental emergencies and managing the pediatric patient. It will stress the importance of ergonomics, fulcrums and instrumentation necessary to remove calculus and plaque supragingivally from the coronal portion of the tooth. This course will also include an outcome assessment examination that demonstrates competency. There are four pathways for enrollment in this course. Contact the Program Coordinator to document your pathway.

DLA 1209. Infection Control Practices. 1.5 hr.

This course introduces the student to microbiology as it relates to infection control. Basic concepts, procedures, and current regulatory mandates related to infection control and the management of hazardous materials will be presented. Current OSHA and CDC guidelines for compliance will be presented. Admittance to the Dental Assisting program is required.

DLA 1210. Dental Science II. 1 hr.

This 8-week course builds on the information provided in DLA 1200 - Dental Science I. The course details information on the osteology of the skull; muscles, nerves and arteries of the head and neck; salivary glands; distribution patterns of the lymphatic/immune systems relating to the spread of infection related to dentistry; and the anatomy, function/dysfunction, and clinical considerations of the temporomandibular joint. Prerequisite: Completion of DLA 1209 and DLA 1200 with a C or higher.

DLA 1216. Dental Administrative Assistant. 1 hr.

This course emphasizes telephone techniques, appointment control, recall system management and insurance form generation and tracking. Financial records, withholding taxes, collection of accounts and payment of bills is studied. Inventory, ordering and receipt of supplies is also studied. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program.

DLA 1226. Dental Software. 2 hrs.

This course emphasizes the dental software used in modern dental offices. It will give in depth information regarding scheduling, patient record keeping, dental charting, periodontal probing, treatment planning, walk-outs and much more. Information taught in this course is highly sought after in dental administrators. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program. DLA 1206 must be taken concurrently with DLA 1216.

DLA 1229. Medical Emergencies in The Dental Office. 1 hr.

This course will prepare students to recognize and manage medical emergencies in the dental office or clinic. It will prepare students to create action plans for anticipating and responding to common medical emergencies that could save a patient's life. Prerequisites: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program and DLA 1209.

DLA 2200. Body Systems. 1 hr.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with documentation that pertains to patient health and treatment, vital signs, pharmacology, anesthesia, and oral pathology as they relate to the dental practice. An introduction to basic functions of integumentary, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, respiratory, muscle, integumentary and immune systems and body structure is presented. Systems from DLA 1210 Dental Science II: nervous, circulatory, lymph, and skeletal are reviewed and expanded upon beyond the head and neck. Prerequisite: Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better in DLA 1210.

DLA 2201. Dental Materials & Lab Procedures II. 2 hrs.

This course is designed to continue the knowledge of dental materials currently used in the dental office and is a continuation of DLA 1201. Dental ceramics, implants, casting metals, solders, wrought metal alloys, and abrasives will be discussed. Teeth whitening materials and procedures, as well as fabrication of bleaching trays, mouth guards and other corrective oral appliances are discussed and demonstrated. Polymers used in dentistry in the fabrication of dentures will be discussed and demonstrated chairside and in laboratory procedures as necessary for fixed and removable prosthodontics. Provisional restorations will be discussed, and fabricated using several different techniques appropriate to the situation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of DLA 1201 with a grade of "C" or better.

DLA 2202. Clinical Practice. 5 hrs.

Assignments will be to two private dental offices to provide practical experience in dental assist- ing. Students will also observe the role of the dental assistant in working with an Oral Surgeon, Pedodontist, Periodontist, Endodontist, and Orthodontist. Five observations are required with no less than 3 hours at each office to ensure observation of a variety of procedures. Online seminars provide the student with opportunities to discuss practical experiences and allow for preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam through discussion, video, and quizzes for review. Students must complete 300 hours of on-the-job work experiences (30 hours per week x 10 weeks). Prerequisite: Completion with a grade of "C" or better of DLA 1200, DLA 1201, DLA 1203, DLA 1204, DLA 1205, DLA 1209, DLA 1206, DLA 2200, DLA 2201, DLA 2203, and DLA 1202. Must be taken immediately following DLA 1202 and DLA 2204.

DLA 2203. Chairside Assisting II. 3 hrs.

This course is a continuation of DLA 1203, Chairside Assisting I. It will require the student to utilize basic chairside assisting skills and principles of four-handed sit-down dentistry, learned in DLA 1203, during dental procedures. Specialty procedures and instrumentation in the areas of restorative, prosthetic, orthodontic, pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and endodontics will be introduced and practiced. Dental terminology and materials are integrated throughout this course and current OSHA and CDC guidelines for infection control and handling of hazardous materials will be followed. Prerequisite: All first semester DLA courses with a C or higher.

DLA 2204. Dental Radiography II. 2 hrs.

This course continues intensified practice in exposure, processing, and mounting of dental radiographs. Students will also be introduced to interpretation of radiographs and specialized intraoral and extraoral radiographic techniques. Lecture, one hour per week; lab, two hours per week. Prerequisite: Successful completion of DLA 1204 with a grade of "C" or better.

DLA 2205. Expanded Functions I. 1.5 hr.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with expanded functions such as, coronal polishing, placing sealants, applying topical anesthetic, application of topical fluorides, and monitoring the patient during Nitrous Oxide. The student will have developed the knowledge necessary to participate in Community Dentistry. This course will prepare the student to take the CPFDA exam and become a Certified Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. Prerequisite: DLA 1209, DLA 1200, DLA 1205, DLA 1201, DLA 1203, DLA 1204 with minimum grades of C. Must be taken concurrently with DLA 1202, DLA 2203, DLA 2204.

DLA 2208. Expanded Functions II - Restorative Func. 2 hrs.

This condensed course provides participants with online, didactic, lab, and clinical patient experiences to increase proficiency or introduce various aspects of restorative dentistry including placement of direct restorative materials. The purpose of this course is to improve existing restorative clinical skills or introduce participants to the basic techniques of restorative dentistry to become SAFE BEGINNERS in the practice of restorative dentistry. Content is based on participants' prior knowledge and clinical competency on the dental assisting process of care, dental anatomy, dental materials, head and neck anatomy, and local anesthetic. The course provides a review of dental materials, including placing a rubber dam, placement of cavity liners, mercury assisting, and amalgam, composite and dentin bonding agent properties. The main focus of the course is placement techniques and assessment for functional composite and amalgam restorations, to prepare students with the skill needed for entry level as an expanded functions clinician. Upon successful completion, participants will be competent in placement of direct restorative materials, and assessing the quality of the restorations, take material or digital final impressions, and perform pulp vitality testing. All training is approved by the Illinois State Dental Society and dentists experienced in restorative dentistry and teaching. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will meet the criteria for Illinois State Restorative Expanded Functions certification. Success in this course requires knowledge in basic computer skills, head and neck anatomy, pharmacology, dental anatomy, dental materials, and dental assisting skills. There are two pathways for enrollment in this course. Contact the Program Coordinator to document your pathway.

DLA 2210. Pharmacology. .5 hrs.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the broad definition of pharmacology and drugs, with the study of all drugs, their properties, how they react with each other, and the actions of the drugs within the body. Prerequisite: DLA 1210.

DLA 2220. Oral Pathology. .5 hrs.

The field of oral pathology will be studied, familiarizing the student with oral diseases, their causes (if known), and their effects on the body.  A dental assistant does not diagnose oral pathological diseases, but may alert the dentist to abnormal conditions of the mouth.  This course will ensure a basic understanding of recognizing abnormal conditions (anomalies), how to prevent disease transmission, how the identified pathological condition may interfere with planned treatment, and what effect the condition will have on the overall health of the patient. Prerequisite: DLA 1210.