Academic Catalog

Dental Assistant Classes

General Studies

Item Number
DAS 103
Credits
4

Introduces students to the dental profession and cultural diversity, including how to correctly recognize and identify the various occupations within the dental field, as well as the terminology necessary to complete all other courses. 

Biomedical Sciences

Item Number
DAS 105
Credits
4

Introduces students to the sciences of microbiology, disease transmission, occupational health and safety, ergonomics, and the processes and procedures for infection prevention, disinfection, instrument processing, and sterilization. Students will be able to demonstrate how to prevent disease transmission and the proper handling of infectious and hazardous materials.

Dental Sciences I

Item Number
DAS 110
Credits
5

Students will explore information that will assist in accurately identifying oral anatomy, oral embryology, histology, common facial landmarks, and key elements of personal oral hygiene and nutrition. 

Dental Assisting Skills I

Item Number
DAS 113
Credits
4

Introduces students to the techniques that will enable them to successfully achieve the goal of proper moisture control to provide better visibility in the operating field, reduce the transmission of infectious diseases, and maintain a safe laboratory environment. Students will learn to take alginate impressions, pour and trim diagnostic study casts, and to accurately record vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse and respiration. Students will be able to accurately identify dental charting symbols. 

Foundations of Clinical Dentistry

Item Number
DAS 116
Credits
4

Introduces students to the management of a medical or dental emergency in the dental office. In addition, students will be introduced to the dental treatment room, including the proper names, descriptions, use and care of dental instruments and equipment used in restorative dental procedures. 

Principles of Radiography

Item Number
DAS 118
Credits
1

Introduces students to the theory of radiographic techniques, including patient and operator safety while exposing radiographs.

Dental Sciences II

Item Number
DAS 120
Credits
5

Explores the general characteristics and uses of dental materials, and covers oral pathology conditions in the oral cavity. This course is also designed to provide the necessary information to accurately identify each of the body’s systems, functions, and how they interact with each other. Students will explore the structures of the head and oral cavity. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, and 118 prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Dental Assisting Skills II

Item Number
DAS 125
Credits
6

Introduces students to advanced study model principles, coronal polish and fluoride treatments, and advanced moisture control, including the application of rubber dams, intermediate charting, and dental instruments and hand pieces. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, and 118 prior to continuing in the Dental Assisting Program.

Dental Specialties I

Item Number
DAS 130
Credits
3

Explores in depth the dental specialties of endodontics, orthodontics and periodontics. This course introduces students to periodontal charting. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, and 118 prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Principles of Radiography II

Item Number
DAS 135
Credits
5

Introduces students to intraoral and extraoral radiographic imaging, legal issues associated with radiography, and manual and automatic processing techniques. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, and 118 prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Certification Review I

Item Number
DAS 140
Credits
1

Prepares students to take the Infection Control Exam through the Dental Assistant National Board. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, and 118 prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Dental Sciences III

Item Number
DAS 223
Credits
3

Introduces students to the science of pharmacology, including the recognition of potential drug interactions and the subject of anesthesia and pain control as it applies to dentistry. Also introduces students to anesthesia and pain control, lab and impression materials, and the medically and physically compromised patient.

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, and140 and complete the Infection Control component of the DANB certification exam prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Dental Assisting Skills III

Item Number
DAS 224
Credits
7

Introduces the theory and practice of chair-side assisting, including oral evacuation and instrument exchange. Students are introduced to advanced chair-side instruments, tray systems, charting, study models and rubber-dam application techniques. This course covers the assembly and placement of matrix systems. Students will expose, process and mount a minimum of three full-mouth series of radiographic images, both on film and digitally. This course’s culminating project covers the operatory preparation and assisting during restorative procedures. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, and 140 and complete the Infection Control component of the DANB certification exam prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Dental Specialties II

Item Number
DAS 226
Credits
8

This course provides an in-depth exploration of the dental specialties of fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics and dental implants, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and pediatric dentistry. Students will also be introduced to the expanded function of pit and fissure sealants, construction and placement of provisional crowns and bridges, polishing full and partial dentures, and retraction cord placement. Students will also prepare the operatory, give post-operatory instructions, and document in the patient chart a variety of specialty procedures.

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, and 140 and complete the Infection Control component of the DANB certification exam prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Certification Review II

Item Number
DAS 228
Credits
1

Prepares students to take the Radiation Health and Safety exam through the Dental Assistant National Board. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, and 140 and complete the Infection Control component of the DANB certification exam prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Clinical Experience I

Item Number
DAS 237CAP
Credits
1

Provides Dental Assistant students with the opportunity to use the skills and information acquired in DAS 103-228. Students will spend three hours a week — for a total of 30 hours — volunteering in an infection-control assistant capacity in a private office or dental clinic. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, and 140 and complete the Infection Control certification prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Clinical Experience II

Item Number
DAS 239CAP
Credits
10

Provides Dental Assistant students with the opportunity to use the advanced skills and information acquired in DAS 103-237. Students will spend 270 hours rotating through a minimum of two private offices or dental clinics. 

Prerequisites

Student must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 223, 224, 226, 228, and 237, Infection Control certification, all college-level general education courses, and the Radiation Health & Safety component prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Advanced Theory

Item Number
DAS 241
Credits
4

Introduces students to dental business administration procedures. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103-237, their Infection Control certification and the Radiation Health & Safety component prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Certification Review III

Item Number
DAS 243
Credits
1

Prepares students to take the final component of the Dental Assistant National Board exam, General Chairside. Upon successful completion of the exam and all Dental Assistant courses, students will receive their Certified Dental Assistant credentials and be eligible for graduation. 

Prerequisites

Students must successfully complete DAS 103, 105, 110, 113, 116, 118, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 223, 224, 226, 228, and 237, their Infection Control certification, and their Radiation Health & Safety component prior to continuing in the Dental Assistant Program.

Dental Terminology & Procedures

Item Number
DBOA 103
Credits
4

Introduces information to correctly recognize and identify various occupations within the dental environment. Students will also learn terminology necessary to complete the other courses in the program. Students will learn to accurately identify the names and numbers of teeth in the primary and permanent dentition. Students will complete the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) HIV/AIDS course.

Dental Charting, Scheduling and Recall Management

Item Number
DBOA 111
Credits
5

Explores dental charting symbols and treatment descriptions. Students will develop, decipher and present a comprehensive treatment plan. Covers the necessary information to accurately develop a patient recall system and maintain productive and effective patient scheduling. Students will have training and access 24 hours a day to the Dentrix Dental Software to learn and practice dental charting, scheduling, and recall procedures. 

Prerequisites

DBOA 103 (or co-requisite).

Dental Documents and Inventory Systems

Item Number
DBOA 119
Credits
4

Explores a wide variety of dental office forms and the development of manual and computerized inventory filing systems. Organizational skills are the primary emphasis of this course.

Prerequisites

DBOA 103 (or co-requisite).

Dentrix Advanced Training

Item Number
DBOA 135
Credits
2

Provides expanded Dentrix software skills to students with basic Dentrix Dental Software training or experience. Students will have training and access 24 hours a day to the software. Students will demonstrate setting up practice defaults in the Office Manager module, manage electronic charting in the Dentrix Dental Software, pursue dental insurance claims processing and payment posting processes, and explore and generate management reports. 

Prerequisites

DBOA 111 or industry experience with the Dentrix Dental Software (or co-requisite).

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