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DENTAL ASSISTING (DAS)

DAS100 - Infection Control and Medical Emergencies Credits: 3
This course provides the knowledge, skill and responsibilities of the dental assistant in the area of infection control and medical emergencies. Topics include disease transmission; infection control procedures; occupational safety precau- tions, procedures and protocols; OSHA regulations; HIPAA law; sterilization; health histories; vital signs; oxygen; neu- rological, cardiac, respiratory and other emergencies that can occur in the dental office.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125.


DAS101 - Chairside Dental Assisting I Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills and responsibilities of the dental assistant. Topics include dental terminology, basic chairside skills, ergonomics, preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry assisting, moisture control, and topical anesthesia. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125, DAS 100.

Corequisites: DAS 102, 103, 104.


DAS102 - Dental Anatomy Credits: 3
This course provides a study of the normal anatomy of the oral cavity, teeth, head and neck. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce course content.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125.

Corequisites: DAS 101, 103, 104

DAS103 - Dental Materials Credits: 3
This course provides a study of the properties and manipulation of preventive and restorative dental materials. Laboratory activities are designed to reinforce course content.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125.

Corequisites: DAS 101, 102, 104

DAS104 - Dental Specialties Credits: 4
This course provides an overview of specialty practices within dentistry including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and public health dentistry. Also, a hands on component is included which focuses on instrument identification, exchange and tray set ups for general dentistry and specialty procedures.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125.

Corequisites: DAS 101, 102, 103

DAS111 - Chairside Dental Assisting II Credits: 3
This course provides further development of the knowledge, skills and responsibilities of the dental assistant. Topics include oral pathology, pharmacology and pain control, nutrition, medical emergencies, rubber dam application and special patients. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125, DAS 101, 102, 103, 104. Corequisites: DAS 112, 113, 114.

DAS112 - Dental Radiology Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of dental radiology principles and techniques. Topics include x-ray production, radiation safety, exposure techniques, film processing and mounting, radiographic findings and patient management. The stu­dent will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125, DAS 101, 102, 103, 104. Corequisites: DAS 111, 113, 114.

DAS113 - Dental Practice Management Credits: 2
This course provides an overview of procedures used to manage dental offices and clinics. Topics include patient management, appointment control, bookkeeping systems, dental insurance, record keeping, written and oral communication, supplies and inventory and business records.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125, DAS 101, 102, 103, 104. Corequisites: DAS 111, 112, 114.

DAS114 - Dental Assisting Clinical Practice Credits: 7
This course provides practical dental assisting experience through clinical rotations in area dental offices and clinics. A one-hour seminar each week will address psychology of personal relations, professional regulation and certification, professional associations, resumes and interviewing and legal/ethical issues in dentistry. The student will spend approximately 21 hours per week at clinical rotation sites.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, BIO 125, DAS 101, 102, 103, 104. Corequisites: DAS 111, 112, 113.

DAS289 - Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Foundation Credits: 3
This course provides a basic foundation/review for the incoming EFDA student prior to the complex core courses DAS 290 and DAS 291. It combines basic tooth anatomy, chairside dental procedures, materials, and instruments. The Pennsylvania State Dental Practice Act will be reviewed in depth.

DAS290 - Dental Assisting Expanded Functions I Credits: 4
This course provides the theoretical and practical application of expanded functions which dental assistants may perform in Pennsylvania. These functions include coronol polishing, fluoride application, impressions for applications, provisional restorations, placement and removal of rubber dam and matrix band, and placement and finishing of amalgam and composite restorations. The student will practice skills in a supervised clinical laboratory setting on campus.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into program and DAS 289.

DAS291 - Dental Assisting Expanded Functions II Credits: 2
This course provides further development of the practical application of expanded functions which dental assistants may perform in Pennsylvania. These functions include coronol polishing, fluoride application, impressions for applications, provisional restorations, placement and removal of rubber dam and matrix band, and placement and finishing of amalgam and composite restorations. The student will complete approximately 120 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of their dentist-employer.

Prerequisites: DAS 289 and DAS 290.