Irving School of Dental Assisting offers a comprehensive
program that will ensure that graduates are highly
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Dental Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting that the demand for Dental Assistant jobs will increase by 42% in the next three years.
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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.
MODULE 1 DENTAL ASSISTING 101 (Week 1): Introduction to Dentistry and Dental Assisting
(Text Chapters 1-4)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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