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Curriculum

HSC 0003 Intro to Health Care
First Semester
16 clock hours

This course introduces the student to skills and procedures common to allied health occupations including basic first aid.


DES 0500 Computer Applications in Modern Dentistry
First Semester
30 clock hours

This course introduces the student to basic computer and word processing concepts including file management, system back -up, equipment maintenance, diskette format and care, and DOS commands. In addition, the student may make use of the following software capabilities: mailing labels, enhancement, spreadsheets, and database.


DES 0800 Intro to Clinical Procedures
First Semester
60 clock hours

This core course introduces the dental assisting student to the basic concepts of clinical practice. Topics include the history of dentistry, dental health team members, professional organizations, medical/dental history, operation and maintenance of dental equipment, operator/ patient, four-handed techniques, oral evacuation, dental charting, cleaning of removable appliances.


DES 0800L Intro to Clinical Procedures Lab
First Semester
30 clock hours

This core course is designed for the practical application of professionalism and clinical procedures. Development of introductory skills is practiced in the clinical setting. Demonstration of required procedures is evaluated using preset standards.


DES 0021 Head, Neck and Dental Anatomy
First Semester
45 clock hours

This course is a study of the anatomy of the head and neck with emphasis on the maxilla and mandible. In addition, the anatomy of the deciduous and permanent dentitions and supporting structures will be covered.


DES 0021L Head, Neck and dental Anatomy Lab
First Semester
30 clock hours

This laboratory course provides the student an opportunity to use anatomical models and teeth to apply didactic information in a laboratory setting and begin to apply knowledge of anatomy to clinical dental practice.


DES 0103 Dental Materials
First Semester
45 clock hours

This course provides the student with the theoretical knowledge of the composition, preparation, and application of materials commonly used in dentistry.


DES 0103L Dental materials Lab
First Semester
45 clock hours

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and laboratory practice necessary for the proper manipulation of dental materials commonly employed in dentistry.


DES 0300 Dental Psychology
First Semester
15 clock hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic theories of psychology to have a better understanding of behavioral patterns and how those patterns relate to dentistry. The course will also allow the student a better understanding of verbal and written communication.


DEA 0130 Allied Dental Theory

First Semester
45 clock hours

This course provides the student with fundamental knowledge of embryology and oral histology, microbiology, oral pathology, and nutrition. Students will research various topics related to each unit and provide a short, written report.



 

DES 0205 Radiology
Second Semester
45 clock hours
This course provides the student with fundamental knowledge of the nature, physics, and biological effects of radiation to maximize understanding of proper control and safety precautions to be used in exposing, processing, mounting, and evaluating diagnostically acceptable radiographs.


DES 0205L Radiology Lab
Second Semester
45 clock hours

This course provides the student with laboratory experience in exposing, processing, mounting, and critiquing diagnostically acceptable intraoral and extraoral radiographs.


DEA 0400 Anatomy and Physiology
Second Semester
45 clock hours

A study of the development of the human body, along with a survey of the structure, growth, and function of the body’s organ system.


DEA 0800 Clinical Practice I
Second Semester
60 clock hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic theories and procedures involved in various Dental Specialties including Restorative/Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, and Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics. The course will also give the student additional time to practice chairside skills.


DEA 0800L Clinical Practice Lab I
Second Semester
150 clock hours

This course is designed to give the student closely supervised instruction and clinical experience involving patients and a dentists performing all functions required of a general dentistry chair-side assistant. The student will have additional responsibilities in the area of radiography, sterilization, patient management, expanded functions, and preventive oral hygiene care.


DEA 0134 Dental Office Emergency
Second Semester
30 clock hours

This course provides the student with theory and practice in basic emergency procedures to manage emergencies that may occur in the dental setting.


DES 0053 Dental Pharmacological/ Pain Control
Second Semester
30 clock hours

This course is a study of agents used in dentistry for local anesthesia and pain control.

Nitrous Oxide sedation and its use will be covered.


DES 0053L Dental Pharmacological/ Pain control Lab

Second Semester
15 clock hours

This course will provide the students with lab experience in Nitrous Oxide sedation.


 

 

DEA 0801L Clinical Practice Lab
Third Semester
254 clock hours

Continuous practice in all the skill areas of the dental assisting curriculum. Included will be a supervised internship program utilizing the private dental offices and clinical settings. The student will apply all skills and competencies developed and increase her/his capabilities and proficiencies.


DEA 0936 Dental Seminar
Third Semester
15 clock hours

This course is designed to provide students with a review for the Dental Assisting National Board Exam and to provide the student with an understanding of ethics, jurisprudence, and risk management as related to dentistry.


DES 0830 Expanded functions for Dental Auxiliaries
Third Semester
15 clock hours

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge necessary for the dental assistant to perform the expanded functions permitted by the Rules and Regulations of the Florida State Board of Dentistry.


DES 0830L Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliaries Lab
Third Semester
45 clock hours

This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and clinical practice necessary for the dental assistant to perform the expanded functions permitted by the Rules and Regulations of the Florida State Board of Dentistry.


DES 0844 Preventive Dentistry
Third Semester
30 clock hours

Students are introduced to the philosophy and principles of preventive dentistry. Emphasis is on the dental auxiliary’s role in patient’s education and care. Topics include: development of plaque and calculus, development of carious lesions, plaque control techniques for the patient, fluorides, tooth stains, plaque indices, patient education and motivation, caries activity testing, and smoking cessation.


DES 0501 Dental Office Management
Third Semester
30 clock hours

This course enables the student to gain knowledge and proficiency in all procedures necessary for office management. The course includes telephone techniques, ordering supplies, recall system, appointment control, bookkeeping, billing, and insurance procedures.


DEA 0931 Dental Assisting in Orthodontics
Third Semester
15 clock hours

This course includes instruction on the history of orthodontics, malocclusion, orthodontic vocabulary, photographs, bracket slot, wires, tooth movement, and all phases of bonding, wires, headgear, and retainer finishing. This course includes taking the State Expanded Functions Orthodontics Examination.


DEA 0931L Dental Assisting in Orthodontics Lab
Third Semester
30 clock hours

This course includes lab instruction on malocclusion, photographs, bracket slot, wires, tooth movement, and all phases of bonding, wires, headgear, and retainer finishing. This course includes taking the State Expanded Functions Orthodontics Examination.



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