DNA 109 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                               Date:  January 2014                                   


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:   Dental Assisting


Course Number and Title:           DNA 109, Practical Infection Control


Credit Hours:  3       Hours/Wk lecture:   2          Hours/Wk Lab:  3                   Lec/Lab:  5           


I.              Catalog Description:  Studies principles of management of disease producing microorganisms and associated diseases.  Emphasis is placed on sterilization, sepsis, and disinfection techniques applicable in the dental office. 


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:  Stresses the importance of aseptic technique in all dental procedures.


III.           Required background:   Completion of DNA 100 and DNA 103 with a “C” or better


IV.          Course content:


a.    Patient Data Gathering

b.    Microbiology and Disease Transmission

c.    Infection Control in Dentistry

d.    Disinfection and Sterilization


V.           Learner Outcomes

                  The student will:


a.    Describe the dental assistant’s role in prevention of disease transmission

b.    Explain the routes of disease transmission

c.    Discuss the body’s immune system

d.    Demonstrate the steps toward effective handwashing

e.    Describe the importance of handwashing

f.     Explain the differences of the three federal agencies that enforce hazard guidelines

g.    Discuss material safety data sheets

h.    List the guidelines for minimizing hazards

i.      Identify some of the hazards in the dental office

j.      Explain the bloodborne pathogens standard

k.    Describe the differences between nonhazardous and hazardous waste

l.      Describe the mode of action, advantages and disadvantages of the methods of sterilization

m.   Compare sterilization and disinfection in reference to what can and can’t be sterilized

n.    Describe the various disinfectants and which can be used for cold sterilization

o.    Demonstrate the preparation of the treatment room  for a patient

p.    Demonstrate how to clean and disinfect a treatment room

q.    Demonstrate recirculation of instruments


VI.          Evaluation


Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, essays, written assignments, tests, lab competencies or special projects as determined by the faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of Standard English.


VII.         This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

            Scientific Reasoning