Dental Assisting

Courses

DLA 1200. Dental Science I. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to acquaint the students with basic functions of the body systems, head and neck anatomy, anatomy and function of oral structures, tooth morphology, occlusion and dental terminology. Lecture, three hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program.

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

This course stresses the physical properties, manipulation and applications of gypsum products, restorative materials, cements, impression materials, and waxes. Lecture, two hours per week; lab, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program; successful completion with a "C" or better in ALH 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: Completion with a grade of "C" or better of DLA 1200, DLA 1201, DLA 1203, DLA 1204, DLA 1205, ALH 1209; completion of or current enrollment in DLA 1206, DLA 2200, DLA 2201. Must be taken concurrently with DLA 2203 and DLA 2204.

DLA 1203. Chairside Assisting I. 4 hrs.

This course provides information on the history, ethics, and legal concerns of dentistry. Dental psychology and patient communication skills are emphasized. Principles of fourhanded sit-down dentistry are presented and practiced which includes instrument and equipment identification and maintenance. Basic chairside assisting skills are presented and practiced. Dental terminology and materials are integrated throughout this course. Current OSHA and CDC guidelines for infection control and handling of hazardous materials are practiced. Lecture, two hours per week; lab, four hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program.

DLA 1204. Dental Radiography I. 3 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 ALH 1209.

DLA 1205. Preventive 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, community dentistry, 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. Lecture, one and a half hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program; successful completion of ALH 1209.

DLA 1206. Dental Office Management. 3 hrs.

This course emphasizes telephone techniques, appointment control, written communication skills, record management, and insurance form generation and tracking. Financial records, with-holding taxes, collection of accounts, and payment of bills is studied. Inventory, ordering and receipt of supplies is also studied. Exercises that will give hands on experience with computerization of records will be assigned. Resume preparation and job interviewing skills are also presented. Lecture, three hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program.

DLA 2200. Dental Science II. 2 hrs.

This course is designed to familiarize the student with pharmacology, oral pathology, anesthesia, and medical emergencies as they relate to the dental practice. Oral embryology and histology are also presented. Lecture, two hours per week. Prerequisite: Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better in DLA 1200.

DLA 2201. Dental Laboratory Procedures II. 2 hrs.

This course stresses physical properties and applications of casting metals, dental porcelain, and dental plastics. Laboratory procedures necessary for Prosthodontics will be studied and practiced. Lecture, one hour per week; lab, three hours per week. Prerequisite: Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better in DLA 1200, DLA 1201, ALH 1209 within one year 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 be assigned to dental specialty offices for observation of the dental assistant's role in specialty practices. Weekly seminars provide the student with opportunities to discuss practical experiences and allow for preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam. Seminar, two hours per week, clinical, 35 hours per week. Prerequisite: Completion with a grade of "C" or better of DLA 1200, DLA 1201, DLA 1203, DLA 1204, DLA 1205, ALH 1209, DLA 1206, DLA 2200, DLA 2201, DLA 2203, DLA 2204, and DLA 1202. Must be taken immediately following DLA 1202.

DLA 2203. Chairside Assisting II. 3 hrs.

This course will require students to utilize basic chairside assisting skills and principles of four-handed, sit-down dentistry during dental procedures. Dental speciality procedures and instruments 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. Lecture, two hours per week; lab, two hours per week. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in DLA 1200, 1203, 1204, and 1205.

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. 1.5 hr.

This course is designed to acquaint the dental assisting 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. Lecture: two hours per week;Lab: two hours per week. Prerequisite: ALH 1209, DLA 1200, DLA 1205, DLA 1201, DLA 1203, DLA 1204. Must be taken concurrently with DLA 1202, DLA 2203, DLA 2204.