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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
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DEA 297 - Ethics/Jurisprudence Seminar

Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech

The study and legal responsibilities of the dental profession as well as the functions and jurisprudence of dental auxiliary personnel. Study for and completion of the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners Registration exams will take place during this course.

Prerequisite: All first and second semester courses successfully completed
Corequisite: DEA 577  
  1. Interpret legal and ethical considerations of the dental team
    1. Define all legal terminology relating to dentistry
    2. Describe the legal implications of the patient record and its required thoroughness
    3. Identify the techniques of gaining consent and when/from whom it is necessary
    4. List obligations between the operator and the patient concerning care/treatment/referrals
    5. Outline the Iowa Practice Act regarding the governing of dentistry including Dentists, Hygienists and auxiliaries
    6. Define the auxiliaries’ role concerning the legal considerations that are possible in a dental office
    7. Identify examples of the American Dental Association and the American Dental Assistants Association principles of ethics
    8. State how dentistry follows ethical principles in regard to advertising, professional fees and charges and professional responsibilities and rights
  2. Interpret changes in dental health care
    1. Differentiate between civil and criminal law
    2. Identify the components of a contract
    3. Define due care
    4. Consider examples of malpractice, including torts and fraud
    5. Explain the Good Samaritan Law
    6. Classify types of patient consent
    7. Define the statute of limitations
  3. Outline the Iowa Dental Practice Act
    1. Identify who oversees the Dental Practice Act and how licenses/registrations/certifications for the dental personnel are obtained
    2. Summarize the Scope of Practice for dental assistants in Iowa
    3. Discuss the various levels of supervision
    4. Determine how changes in the Iowa Dental Practice Act are implemented


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