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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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DENA 1000 - Introduction to Dental Assisting

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This is an introductory course that explores the role of a Certified Dental Assistant and a Licensed Dental Assistant. Topics to be covered include dental history, terminology, occupational safety, common dental emergencies, and professional development. This is a chance to explore the dental clinic and dental laboratory utilizing dental instruments and equipment. Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements. Acceptance in the Dental Assisting Program is required.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Concurrently enrolled in DENA 1011  and DENA 1012  

Major Content
  1. Activities and projects for professional development
  2. Common medical and dental terms
  3. Content and rules of the dental assistant program
  4. Safety procedures (including hazardous waste and MSDS information)and common dental emergencies
  5. Constructing and trimming of custom trays and dental models
  6. Dental history
  7. Dental instruments, handpieces and equipment used in the clinic
  8. Dental laboratory environment, procedures and equipment used in the laboratory
  9. Plaster “blobs” and dental models
  10. Utilization and maintenance of instruments, handpieces and equipment in the clinic
  11. Dental health teams and comparison of dental team roles

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Describe dental history and the role of the dental health team.
  2. Demonstrate management of common dental emergencies.
  3. Discuss and participate in activities and projects for professional development.
  4. Identify and utilize dental instruments, handpieces, and equipment in the clinic.
  5. Construct custom trays.
  6. Make dental models.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
  8. Identify common dental terminology.
  9. Demonstrate and follow occupational safety procedures.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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