May 23, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

DAS 102 - Dental Assisting


Course Description: This course provides an orientation to the role of the dental assistant in dental practice.  The concepts of dentistry and chairside assisting procedures commonly used in a dental office are introduced.  Focus is given to infection control practices, the types of procedures performed in all areas of dentistry, the theory behind these procedures, and the instruments and materials associated with each procedure.  Clinical and professional skills, as well as ethical standards for patient care, will be discussed and developed in the lecture and through the laboratory and/or clinical simulation component.  2 hours lecture; 2 hours laboratory/clinical simulation.
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Dental Assisting program
Note(s): N/A

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Assist in restorative procedures, surgical procedures, and a variety of dental specialty procedures, using the Principles of Four-Handed Dentistry.
  • Prepare instrument tray set-ups and the dental materials needed for each dental procedure.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to be able to anticipate the “next” step while assisting in a dental procedure.
  • Demonstrate professional communication when discussing the procedures and conversing with other dental professionals.
  • Abide by ethical and HIPAA Standards when caring for a patient.
  • Maintain infection control protocols during all aspects of assisting.


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