DAS 104 - Pre-Clinical Dental Assisting
Course Description: This course is a pre-clinical lab course that introduces the dental assisting student to patient-centered care while developing the fundamental skills of dental assisting in preparation for the clinical externship experience in the spring semester. Highlighted will be infection control protocols, patient management protocols, procedural set-ups, oral preventive care, and laboratory techniques and procedures.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Dental Assisting program.
Course Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate proper infection control techniques and protocols before, during, and after all dental procedures including handling of biohazards, treating of dental waterlines, and cleaning and sterilization procedures.
- Prepare applicable instrument tray set-ups and handle dental materials as appropriate for each dental procedure.
- Demonstrate basic four-handed dentistry assisting skills for patient, assistant and operator comfort during dental operative procedures.
- Demonstrate skills while using typodonts and simulation equipment.
- Demonstrate professionalism and ethical decision making at all times in the clinic and lab.
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