Courses

Courses

Our curriculum is designed to be completed in just 12 weeks. Each student will complete 60 hours of classroom instruction, including 30 hours of laboratory instruction. During the 12 week course, each student will complete a 40 hour externship at Smiles of Irving.

Course Outline:

MODULE 1 DENTAL ASSISTING 101 (Week 1): Introduction to Dentistry and Dental Assisting 

  • (Text Chapters 1-4)

  • Prerequisite: none

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to the field of dentistry and dental assisting, plus dental terminology as it relates to the head and neck and teeth and to understand tooth anatomy.

MODULE 2 DENTAL ASSISTING 102 (Week 2): Infection Prevention and Hazardous Materials

  • (Text Chapters 5-8)

  • Prerequisite: Module 1

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to infection control. Students will learn how to prevent disease transmission with infection control as well as instrument management.

MODULE 3 DENTAL ASSISTING 103 (Week 3): Patient Management

  • (Text Chapters 11-14)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1, 2

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to patient management. Students will learn how to properly manage the patient from establishing the dental record to protocols for medical emergencies in the dental office.  Tools will be given to effectively manage dental anxiety and pain.  Pharmacology as it relates to management of medical emergencies, pain and anxiety control.

MODULE 4 DENTAL ASSISTING 104 (Week 4): Dental Imaging

  • (Text Chapters 15-16)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-3

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to dental imaging. Upon completion of this subject, students will understand radiation safety and production and protocols for oral radiography.

MODULE 5 DENTAL ASSISTING 105 (Week 5): Mid-Term Exam/ Clinical Dentistry

  • (Text Chapters 9, 10, 17, 18)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-4

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to clinical dentistry. Upon completion of this subject, students will understand the dental office layout and functions of the various spaces in the practice of dentistry.  Understand tools for proper isolation.  Understand the field of preventive dentistry and common procedures utilized for dental prevention. Students will learn instrument transfer and four handed dentistry.

 

MODULE 6 DENTAL ASSISTING 106 (Week 6): Dental Specialties: Operative Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry  

  • (Text Chapters 19-21)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-5

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to dental specialties – operative and cosmetic dentistry. Upon completion of this subject, the students will understand the purpose and types of procedures utilized in Operative Dentistry.  Understand the dental materials and equipment utilized during restorative procedures.  Understand the primary procedures involved in cosmetic dentistry.

MODULE 7 DENTAL ASSISTING 107 (Week 7): Dental Materials and Lab Procedures

  • (Text Chapters 22-24)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-6

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces students to dental materials and lab procedures. Upon completion, the students will understand the tools used for impression making as well as the different types of impressions.  Understand the steps involved from the impression to the cast fabrication.  Understand the purpose of various casts used in restorative dentistry.  Understand the specialty of Periodontics and the various procedures and instruments used.

MODULE 8 DENTAL ASSISTING 108 (Week 8): Dental Specialties: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Periodontics

  • (Text Chapters 25-28)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-7

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

Upon completion of this subject, students will understand and be able to assist for Endodontic, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric, Orthodontics and Periodontal procedures.

MODULE 9 DENTAL ASSISTING 109 (Week 9): Front Office/Preparation for Employment/Review

  • (Text Chapters 1-29)

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-8

  • Clock Hours 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

This subject introduces the students to Front Office Administration and prepares the students for employment. Resume writing and job interview skills will be reviewed.  Students will review all materials and procedures and get any questions answered. Upon completion of this subject, students will be prepared for employment and final exam.

MODULE DENTAL ASSISTING 110 (Week 10): Final exam/Graduation

  • Prerequisite: Modules 1-9

  • Clock Hours: 3 Lecture, 3 Lab

WEEK 11- 12: COMPLETION OF EXTERNSHIPS