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DA-Dental Assisting

Career and Technical Courses

DA101 (4 credits)
Dental Assisting I

Introduces the basic concepts of the dental assistant’s role in preventative dentistry including dental terminology, infection control, basic microbiology, pharmacology, nutrition, oral and facial anatomy, tooth numbering, names of tooth surfaces, and dental charting, instrumentation and oral assessment. Prerequisite: This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA101L (1 credit)
Dental Assisting I Lab

Provides hands-on, clinical instruction for students to, demonstrate their capabilities and understanding of the dental assistant's role through clinical evaluation in a lab setting. Tasks practiced include use of dental terminology, dental tray set-up, recognition of instruments used by dentist, basic chairside procedures, assisting during restorative treatment, fourhanded dentistry, chair-side charting. Students are introduced to the various day-to-day operations within a dental office including infection control, management of hazardous waste, sterilization equipment techniques, theory and terminology, treatment room disinfection, and dental asepsis techniques. Prerequisite: This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA102 (4 credits)
Dental Assisting II

Introduces the major dental specialties of oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. Also included are the muscles, nerves, glands, and bones of the head and neck; the structures and tissues that make up the oral cavity; and the development, tissues, morphology, and functions of the teeth. Prerequisites: DA101, DA101L and DA202. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA102L (1 credit)
Dental Assisting II Lab

The purpose of this course is to introduce major dental specialties of oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. Students will become familiar with the muscles, nerves, glands, and bones of the head and neck; the structures and tissues that make up the oral cavity; and the development, tissues, morphology, and functions of the teeth. Prerequisite: This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry. Co-requisites: DA101, DA101L, and DA202.

DA103 (2 credits)
Dental Materials

Introduces materials used in a dental office including impression materials, model and die materials, fabrication of dental trays, preventive dental materials, esthetic and restorative dental materials, amalgam, dental cements, waxes, and temporary restorative materials. Prerequisites: DA101L and DA202.

DA104 (2 credits)
Dental Administration

Introduces office management and administrative skills that are required in a dental setting. Includes communication skills, written correspondence, patient relations, team communications, patient clinical records, information management, patient scheduling and recall systems, dental insurance processing, inventory management, financial arrangements, collection procedures, accounts receivable and payable, and employment strategies. Prerequisites: DA101, DA101L, and DA202. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA106 (2 credits)
Dental and Medical Emergency Management

Covers routine preparedness for dental team members: the dental assistant's role in emergency care, managing a dental office emergency kit, the ABC's of CPR (airway/breathing/ circulation), foreign body airway obstruction, the causes, signs, and treatment of medical emergencies, and specific dental emergencies. Prerequisites: AH150 or DA150, DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA123 (2 credits)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Dentistry

Exposes the student to variety of legal and ethical dilemmas in dentistry, helping students become more prudent and confident professionals. Students will become familiar with the legal system, the legal rights that define relationships between individuals, quality assurance, office protocols and patient records, and legal issues that affect employment. Prerequisites: AH150 or DA150, DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA152 (4 credits)
Practicum and Seminar in Dental Assisting I

Students work an average of 10 per week in a host site (118 hours per term) as part of the dental team. Duties will be assigned according to the student’s skill level and the work needs of the host site. Students experience first-hand the daily operations within a dental office as chair-side dental assistants and front office personnel. Students will experience entry-level and begin mid-level duties as appropriate. Moderated by an instructor, seminars are designed to define expectations, discuss progress, and evaluate current practicum experiences. Prerequisites: AH150 or DA150, DA102, DA102L, and DA201.

DA153 (4 credits)
Practicum and Seminar in Dental Assisting II

Students work an average of 10 per week in a host site (118 hours per term) as part of the dental team. Duties will be assigned according to the student’s skill level and the work needs of the host site. Students experience first-hand the daily operations within a dental office as chair-side dental assistants and front office personnel. Students will expand their skill set during the sequence with mid-level and advanced duties as appropriate. Moderated by an instructor, seminars are designed to define expectations, discuss progress, and evaluate current practicum experiences. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all course in the first three terms of the cohort. Co-requisites: DA204 and DA204L.

DA201 (4 credits)
Dental Radiology

Prepares students for Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam. Students will study the following sections: radiation safety for the patient, radiation safety for the operator, exposing and evaluating radiographs, processing films, mounting and labeling radiographs, and techniques used in performing a full mouth radiologic exam. Prerequisites: DA101, DA101L, and DA202.

DA201L (2 credits)
Radiology Lab

Prepares the students for the Oregon Clinical Radiologic Proficiency Exam. One of two exams required for Certificate in Radiologic Proficiency from the state of Oregon to legally expose radiographs. To become fully certified students must also pass the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam. Students will take radiographs on a manikin and on live patients. Prerequisites: AH150 or DA150, DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA202 (2 credits)
Infection Control for the Dental Professional

Prepares students for Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) Infection Control Exam (ICE) Exam. Students will prepare for the following sections: patient and dental healthcare worker education, standard/ universal precautions and prevention of disease transmission, prevention of cross contamination, maintaining aseptic conditions, performing sterilization procedures, environmental asepsis, and occupational safety. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in DA101 and DA101L or Department approval. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA203 (2 credits)
Chair-side Assisting

Prepares students for the Oregon Basic, the Oregon Board of Dentistry’s written exam a step in obtaining the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant certificate through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). This class is designed to prepare students in the following sections: collection and recording of clinical data, chairside dental procedures, oral anatomy, chairside dental materials (preparation, manipulation, application), lab materials and procedures, patient education and oral health management, infection control procedures, occupational safety, legal issues, prevention and management of emergencies, and office management procedures. Prerequisites: AH150 or DA150, DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA204 (2 credits)
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Prepares students for the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA), an Oregon Board of Dentistry written exam.. Expanded functions are determined by the Oregon Board of Dentistry, and may change without prior notice. The exam is administered by the Dental Assisting National Board. Students will still need a licensed Dentist Endorsement before becoming EFDA certified. (General Dental Assisting EFDA Certification: Pathway III). The class is designed to prepare students in the following sections: placing matrix bands; polishing amalgam fillings; cement removal; taking impressions; coronal polishing; fabricating temporary crowns and tooth whitening. Prerequisites: DA105, DA106, DA152, DA201L and DA203. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA204L (1 credit)
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Lab

Provides hands-on, clinical instruction of the lecture material presented in DA204. The student will practice and become familiar with the clinical skills required for an expanded function dental assistant (EFDA). Expanded functions are determined by the Oregon Board of Dentistry and may change without prior notice. To be EFDA certified in Oregon, a dental assistant must successfully complete all of the requirements in one of the four pathways administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Prerequisites: DA105, DA106, DA152, DA201L, DA203, and successful completion of the first three terms of the cohort. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-17 credits of prerequisite /preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry. Co-requisites: DA153, DA204.