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Dental Education

Dental Education

Dental Assistant Course Descriptions

Dental Assistant

DAST-A 111 : Oral Pathology, Physiology, and Anatomy I (011474)

An overview of the structure and function of the body, starting with the basic tissues, organs, and organic systems; followed by the mechanisms of disease with emphasis on the head and neck region. (Spring)

DAST-A 112 : Dental and Medical Emergencies and Therapeutics (011476)

Recognition and clinical experience of systemic emergencies. Comprehensive study of the physiological, toxicological, and therapeutic effects of drugs on living organisms, with emphasis on their rational application in the treatment of disease. Content includes discussions of drugs that are widely prescribed by physicians and dentists. (Fall)

DAST-A 113 : Oral Pathology, Physiology, and Anatomy II (011477)

An overview of the diseases of the human body including basic cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, with specific emphasis on diseases of the face and mouth. (Spring)

DAST-A 121 : Microbiology and Asepsis Techniques (011481)

An overview of microbiological aspects of health and disease, with emphasis on current infection control protocol. (Fall)

DAST-A 131 : Dental Materials I (011483)

These courses [Dental Materials I and II] are designed to acquaint the student with the basic mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of dental materials and the effect of manipulation procedures on those properties. The exact role of properties in the usage and behavior of materials is stressed. Also, biological considerations are covered. (Spring)

DAST-A 132 : Dental Materials II (011484)

These courses [Dental Materials I and II] are designed to acquaint the student with the basic mechanical, physical, and chemical properties of dental materials and the effect of manipulation procedures on those properties. The exact role of properties in the usage and behavior of materials is stressed. Also, biological considerations are covered. (Summer II)

DAST-A 141 : Preventive Dentistry (011487)

Etiology of prevalent oral diseases and their prevention, with particular emphasis on plaque, plaque control, and fluorides. The effects of major nutrients on the physiologic body processes; applied nutrition in dental caries and periodontal disease.

DAST-A 152 : Radiology Clinic II (011490)

Clinical experience in the placing, exposing, processing, evaluating, and mounting of intraoral and extraoral dental radiographs. Practical application of radiation safety measures is required in the clinical setting. (Summer II)

DAST-A 161 : Behavioral Science (011491)

An introduction to psychology applicable in the dental office, emphasizing communication and personal relationships; the role of the dental assistant as seen by the dentist, office personnel, and patient. Attitude, personality, motivation, and habit formation are discussed from a dental perspective. (Summer I)

DAST-A 162 : Oral and Written Communications (011492)

Instruction and practice in gathering and organizing material for written and oral presentation. Individual and group projects in communication, including table clinics' posters and professional articles for presentation and/or publication. (Summer II)

DAST-A 171 : Clinical Science I (011493)

A core course in dental nomenclature; historical developments in dentistry; role of assistant as member of the dental health team; dental specialties; charting the mouth; identification and utilization of instruments and equipment; principles of dental procedures and instrument transfer. (Spring)

DAST-A 172 : Clinical Science II (011494)

Clinical chairside experience in extramural assignments with a seminar to provide opportunities for students to share experiences. (Spring)

DAST-A 182 : Practice Management, Ethics, and Jurisprudence (011495)

Study of legal and ethical aspects of dentistry. Dental practice management in reception procedures, appointment control, clinical and financial records, purchasing, and inventory control. Preparation of a resume, letter of application, and interviewing techniques. (Summer II)