Dental Assisting Course Descriptions

DEN150 Dental Sciences
Focuses on a study of the sciences associated with the practice of dentistry. Includes oral microbiology, plaque formation, plaque-related diseases, oral pathology, sterilization and disinfection principles, OSHA bloodborne pathogen and hazard communication standards, anesthesia, and pharmacology. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Assisting program. F
3 Credits

DEN151 Intro Concepts in Dental Asstg
Provides a basic study of the dental assistant's role with emphasis on terminology, instruments and equipment, professional regimen, chairside techniques and patient communication. Emphasizes the qualifications necessary for success in the dental assistant field. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Assisting program. F
3 Credits

DEN153 Dental Materials 1
Introduces the various materials and laboratory equipment used in the dental office. Includes the chemical and physical properties, manipulation, and uses of restorative materials, medications, impression materials and dental cements. Includes an overview of restorative and crown preparation procedures. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Assisting program. F
3 Credits

DEN156 Dental Anatomy
Introduces dental anatomy. Particular attention is directed toward the oral cavity and its associated structures and anatomical terminology. Includes identification, form and function of the adult dentition, and deciduous dentition. Also includes dental charting for conditions of the oral cavity. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Assisting program. F
4 Credits

DEN160 Dental Specialties
Studies the various fields of specialized dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association. Introduces applied psychology through role playing as related to the clinical application in the specialties. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Dental Assisting program. W
2 Credits

DEN161 Dental Assisting Practicum 1
Provides supervised clinical experience in basic chairside assisting procedures, including material manipulation, oral evacuation, instrument transfer, charting and patient management at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. Prerequisite: Second term standing in the Dental Assisting program. W
3 Credits

DEN162 Intermediate Clinical Skills
Presents the theory and practice of intermediate clinical responsibilities delegated to dental auxiliary personnel. Includes discussion, demonstration and practical application of the following: alginate impressions, bite registration, oral hygiene instruction, prevention products and their uses, nutritional influences, dietary analysis, and rubber dam placement and removal. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Dental Assisting program. W
2 Credits

DEN163 Dental Materials 2
Introduces the principles of laboratory procedures related to fixed and removable prosthetics. The utilization of appropriate laboratory equipment by the student will be supplemented by instructional demonstration of additional laboratory techniques and materials. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Dental Assisting program. W
3 Credits

DEN164 Dental Radiology 1
Provides information pertinent to the principles of dental radiology, and legal aspects regarding the use of radiation. Includes the history of dental radiology; terminology; radiation physics; machine operation and equipment use; biological effects of x-rays; principles of radiation health, safety, and protection; anatomical landmarks; dental films and darkroom processing techniques. Students use x-ray manikins to practice film placement and exposure techniques. Two patient full-mouth radiographic series are required and exposed films are processed and evaluated. Prerequisite: Second-term standing in the Dental Assisting program. W
3 Credits

DEN165 Dental Office Emergency Mgmt
Emphasizes prevention and treatment of the most common medical emergencies in the dental office. Covers the preparation of the office and staff to deal with these emergencies, including gathering patient information, such as a health history and vital signs. Discusses the use of emergency equipment and supplies. Emphasizes use of dental anesthesia and pharmacology and their role in medical emergency situations. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Program. F
2 Credits

DEN170 Dental Office Management
Introduces management of the dental office, including business office procedures and techniques, written and electronic communications, computer use, dental insurance, inventory control, accounts receivable, recall systems, and staff and patient management. Prepares students for successful employment by incorporating resume writing, completion of a job application, and interview techniques. Prerequisite: CIS101 with a grade of C or better; and second-term standing in the Dental Assisting Program. W
2 Credits

DEN171 Dental Assisting Practicum 2
Consists of observation and practice in a dental office setting. Develops communication rapport with the dental team and patients; perform specified basic, intermediate, and expanded function chairside procedures; completes reception and business office tasks; applies skills in laboratory procedures; and exposes and processes patient radiographic images as directed by the dentist. Prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification Examination. Prerequisite: Third term standing in the Dental Assisting program. Sp
9 Credits

DEN172 Expanded Functions
Presents the theory and practice of legal Expanded Functions for dental assistants. Includes discussion, demonstration, and practical application of the following: intra-extra oral exam, coronal polish; topical fluoride; amalgam and composite polish; provisional coverage; suture removal; cement removal; and pit and fissure sealant placement. Prerequisite: Third-term standing in the Dental Assisting program. Sp
3 Credits

DEN174 Dental Radiology 2
Continues DEN164. Allows students to take additional adult and pediatric (pedodontic) manikin films using low-dose technique. Students develop skills in patient management and perfect radiographic techniques by completing one full mouth patient x-ray series. Includes information in taking pediatric films, films in edentulous areas, films taken while the patient is in a supine position, endodontic films, occlusal films, extra-oral films, and digital radiography. Students learn utilization of the panoramic x-ray unit, film duplicators, and automatic film processors; process and evaluate all exposed films, and are eligible to take the State x-ray examination upon successful completion of DEN164 and DEN174. Prerequisite: Third-term standing in the Dental Assisting program. Sp
2 Credits

XDEN0775A Dental Assisting Skills Lab
Provides practical application and hands-on learning in basic dental assisting skills, including team and patient positioning, operatory light adjustment, instrument identification and transfer, preparation of dental anesthetic, HVE and air/water use, assembly of instruments for restorative procedures, handpiece identification, preparation, and bur and tooth identification. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in DEN151 Introductory Concepts in Dental Assisting.
0 Non-Credit

XDEN9400A Medical Emergency Preparedness
Emphasized prevention of medical emergencies in the dental office. Describes the preparation of the office and staff to deal with emergencies. Includes the gathering of patient information, including vital signs. Explains and demonstrates emergency kit supplies. Covers treatment of common medical emergencies.
.3 CEU

XDEN9400B Dental Epidemiology
An overview of notifiable infectious diseases as they relate to dentistry. Includes etiology, signs and symptoms, and oral manifestations as well as the role of dental personnel in reporting and treatment.
.4 CEU

XDEN9400D Facts About Fluoride
An overview of fluoride products and their uses in dentistry. Includes topical fluoride applications, systemic fluoride, fluoride as a desensitizing agent, enamel fluoride uptake, and dispensing precautions.
.3 CEU

XDEN9400G Basic Spanish/Dental Office
Basic Spanish for the dental office will be taught with pronunciation of Spanish words and most frequently used phrases or instructions.
.6 CEU

XDEN9400J Dental Radiology Cert. Prep
Provides information pertinent to the principles of dental radiology, and legal aspects regarding the use of radiation. Lecture topics include terminology, infection control, radiation physics, machine operation, equipment use, biological effects of x-rays, principles of radiation health, safety and protection, dental anatomy and radiographic landmarks, dental films, darkroom processing techniques, and digital techniques. Utilizes x ray mannequins to practice film placement and exposure techniques. Up to three patient full-mouth radiographic series will be completed and exposed; images are processed and evaluated. Offered as needed
5.2 CEU

XDEN9400K Dental Sealants
Prepares EFDA assistants to properly and effectively place pit and fissure sealants. Includes recognition of sealants as both preventive and therapeutic, indications for placement, tooth preparation, sealant placement, and evaluation. Prerequisite: Current Oregon Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) Certification.
.6 CEU

XDEN9400P Radiographic Technique Review
Reviews the basic concepts and skills required for accurate radiographic technique. Includes basic radiographic anatomy, bisection and paralleling techniques, and common exposure errors.
.6 CEU

XDEN9400Q Dental Implants
Covers basic information related to the use of implants as a method to replace missing natural teeth.
.3 CEU

XDEN9400R Dental Radiology Clinical Test
Provides graduates of a Dental Assisting Program with additional skills in radiography to complete the Dental Assisting National Board clinical requirement.
.3 CEU