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DA - Dental Assisting

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 and oral assessment. Also includes the use of dental instruments and the various procedures used by dentists, dental asepsis techniques, patient education, legal and ethical issues, the collection of clinical data, and patient psychology as it relates to anxiety and pain management. Prerequisites: This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry. Co-requisite: DA101L.

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 using tooth numbering systems, and names of tooth surfaces. Students are introduced to the various day-to-day operations within a dental office including infection control, management of hazardous waste, sterilization techniques, theory and terminology, ultrasonic/autoclave operation, instrument and equipment sterilization/disinfection, treatment room disinfection, and dental asepsis techniques.

DA102 (4 credits)
Dental Assisting II
Builds on material learned in Dental Assisting I, specifically reinforcing oral and facial anatomy, tooth numbering, names of tooth surfaces, dental charting and oral assessment. The course provides an in-depth view of specific, practical dental assisting skills in dental specialties. Topics covered in class will include the major dental specialties of oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. Anatomical content covered will include 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 13-19 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA102L (1 credit)
Dental Assisting II Lab
Builds on material learned in DA101L, DA102 and DA203, specifically reinforcing oral and facial anatomy, tooth numbering and names of tooth surfaces, dental charting and oral assessment. Students will repeat certain hands-on skills with an expectation of greater proficiency, and demonstrate capabilities and understanding of the dental assistant's role through clinical evaluation in a lab setting. Course provides an in-depth view of specific, practical dental assisting skills in dental specialties. Topics covered in class include the major dental specialties of oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. Anatomical content covered will include 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. Co-requisites: DA101, DA101L, and DA202. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA103 (1 credit)
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 13-19 credits of prerequisite/ preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA105 (2 credits)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Dentistry
Exposes the student to variety of legal and ethical dilemmas, helping students become more prudent and confident dental professionals. Classroom content includes 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: DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, DA150 and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 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: DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, DA150 and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite/ preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry. 

DA150 (1 credit)
Introduction to Practicum and Seminar
Provides an extensive overview of office responsibilities, work ethics and prepares students for the challenges of their multiple roles in the dental office.  These include guest, intern, student-worker, and administrative assistant, chairside assistant and housekeeping worker. Students will review and discuss the expectations and protocols for their upcoming practicum classes. Course will meet for two-hour sessions, five time during term. Cohort Prerequisites: DA101, DA101L and DA202. This a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite/ preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA152P (3 credits)
Practicum in Dental Assisting I
Duties will be assigned according to the student's skill level and the work needs of the host site. Students experience firsthand the various operations within a dental office primarily as chair-side dental assistants, but practicum experiences may include receptionist duties and bookkeeping. Students will expand their skill set during the sequence: entry-level and some mid-level duties are appropriate for students enrolled in DA152. Prerequisites: DA102, DA102L, DA150, and DA201. Co-requisite: DA153S.

DA152S (1 credit)
Seminar in Dental Assisting I
Seminars are attended and moderated by an instructor, who uses the feedback gained to evaluate current practicum experiences and improve future practicum experiences.
Prerequisites: DA102, DA102L, DA150, and DA201. Co-requisite: DA152P.

DA153P (3 credits)
Practicum in Dental Assisting II
Duties will be assigned according to the student's skill level and the work needs of the host site. Students experience firsthand the carious operations within a dental office primarily as chair-side dental assistants, but practicum experiences may include receptionist duties and bookkeeping.  Students will expand their skill set during the sequence: mid-level and advanced duties, which may include exposing and processing radiographs, taking alginate impressions and pouring stone models, assisting during surgical procedures, and lab-work preparation for the expanded function class, are appropriate for students enrolled in DA153. Prerequisites: DA152P, DA152S. Co-requisites: DA153S, DA204, DA204L.

DA153S (1 credit)
Seminar in Dental Assisting II
Seminars are attended and moderated by an instructor, who uses the feedback gained to evaluate current practicum experiences and improve future practicum experiences. Prerequisites: DA152P, DA152S. Co-requisites: DA153P, DA204, DA204L.

DA201 (4 credits)
Dental Radiology
Prepares students for these 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, (it is required to legally to expose radiographs).  To become fully certified students must also pass the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam. The course will also include an overview of taking digital x-rays. Prerequisites: DA102, DA102L, DA103, DA104, DA150 and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite/ preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA202 (2 credits)
Infection Control
Prepares students for Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) Infection Control Exam (ICE). The class is designed to prepare students 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 13-19 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. 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: DA102, DA102L, DA150 and DA201. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite/preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.

DA204 (2 credits)
Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Prepares students for the Oregon Board of Dentistry’s written exam in expanded functions for the chair-side dental assistant (EFDA). 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 13-19 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.  This class prepares the student for 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. Co-requisites: DA153, DA204 and successful completion of the first three terms of the cohort. This is a limited-entry program that requires completion of 13-19 credits of prerequisite /preparatory courses and formal acceptance prior to entry.