DNA 113


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  January 2014  

Curricula in Which Course is Taught:              Dental Assisting


Course Number and Title:           DNA 113, Chairside Assisting I


Credit Hours:           3         Hours/Wk Lecture: 2                      Hours/Wk Lab:  3                Lec/Lab Comb:   5




I.              Catalog Description:   Provides instruction on the principles of clinical chairside dental assisting, dental equipment use and maintenance, safety, instrument identification,tray set-ups by procedures, and patient data collection.  An emphasis is placed on patient management during restorative procedures


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:  Emphasizes steps for dental procedures including interaction with patient and dentist, knowledge of materials and instruments, and maintenance of the field of vision.


III.           Required background:   Completion of DNA 100, DNA 103, and DNA 109 with a “C” or better


IV.          Course Content:


a.    Delivery of Dental Treatment

b.    Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

c.    Dental Instruments and Accessories

d.    Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

e.    Moisture Control


V.           Learner Outcomes

                  The student will:


a.    Explain the importance of up-to-date medical history

b.    Demonstrate clinical examinations

c.    Chart conditions of a patient’s mouth

d.    Explain the six classifications of cavities

e.    Assist with treatment planning

f.     Identify types of delivery systems

g.    Give the guidelines for selection of types of dental equipment

h.    Demonstrate how to operate and maintain dental equipment

i.      Explain the classifications of motions and demonstrate the criteria for positioning

j.      Properly demonstrate four-handed techniques

k.    Demonstrate how to manipulate and control all clinical materials while assisting

l.      Demonstrate how to handle and suction a patient’s mouth using the HVE

m.   Describe the different handpieces and their use

n.    Demonstrate how to maintain a handpiece and attach a bur

o.    List the instruments and steps for an amalgam or composite procedure

p.    Identify and give purpose of various dental equipment

q.    Demonstrate how to place and remove rubber dams for isolation

r.     Explain the clock concepts of operating zones

s.    Perform preventive procedures including brushing, flossing, prophylaxis, and fluoride application


VI.          Evaluation


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