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DEA 577 - Dental Assisting Clinic II

Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 16
Course Type: Voc/Tech
A deeper application of knowledge and skills as student rotate through dental healthcare settings. At least 50% of rotations are in general dental practices with the remaining rotations in specialty dental practices. 
Prerequisite: All first and second semester courses successfully completed
Corequisite: DEA 297  
Competencies

  1. Display professional habits for work and personal health
    1. Illustrate OSHA standards for the dental office/lab environment
    2. Demonstrate proper sleep habits and a clean, neat appearance.
    3. Demonstrate the proper concerns in relation to personal illness and prohibiting transmission
    4. Maintain proper nutrition
    5. Refrain from personal habits detrimental to health
    6. Demonstrate punctuality/attendance
    7. Demonstrate dependability
    8. Give a feeling of self-confidence
    9. Apply self-motivation techniques
    10. Demonstrate organizational skills
    11. Utilize proper communication techniques
    12. Express a helpful/caring attitude while being an effective “P.R.” employee
  2. Examine employability skills
    1. Demonstrate effective chairside/4 handed dentistry technique
    2. Provide patient management skills
    3. Demonstrate organization/self-motivation
    4. Utilize problem solving skills
    5. Demonstrate anticipation of operator needs
  3. Participate in all aspects of patient care
    1. Assist in chairside functions
    2. Demonstrate preventive measures for oral hygiene
    3. Perform Coronal polish and fluoride
    4. Assist in patient record maintenance
    5. Perform laboratory functions
    6. Collect patient health information
    7. Review health history, and take vital signs
    8. Assist/complete the laboratory prescription
    9. Demonstrate successful communication/interaction skills at chairside and business office settings
  4. Function as a team member in a general practice/specialty dental office
    1. Demonstrate the ability to work well with others
    2. Show willingness to share in responsibilities and workload
    3. Be an asset to the dental team’s effectiveness
    4. Know the importance of being a pleasant and optimistic team member
  5. Perform intra-oral procedures independently, as delegated
    1. Demonstrate patient safety techniques
    2. Practice proper aseptic technique to protect patient/operator health 
  6. Perform general business office procedures
    1. Illustrate filing and pulling patient records/statements
    2. Practice computer usage appropriate to office procedures
    3. Assist with billing and insurance services
    4. Answer telephones
    5. Practice scheduling/confirming appointments
    6. Assist in maintaining office/reception room
  7. Perform general laboratory duties
    1. Write laboratory prescriptions
    2. Demonstrate ability to work with stone and plaster
    3. Perform accurate trimming techniques
    4. Assist with appliance fabrication /repairs
    5. Fabrication of custom trays
    6. Demonstrate precautions for working with patient appliances
    7. Perform all other laboratory tasks legally delegated to auxiliaries



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