DNA 100



Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:   January 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Dental Assisting


Course Number and Title:           DNA 100 Introduction to Oral Health Professions


Credit Hours:  1                   Hours/Wk Lecture:  1             Hours/Wk Lab:   0                  Lec/Lab Comb:            1


  1. Catalog Description:  Provides an introduction to the oral health profession and covers basic terminology, historical perspective, the credentialing process, accreditation, professional organizations, and legal and ethical considerations.


  1. Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:   Emphasizes the roles of the dental team with progression from early beginnings to current laws and requirements.


  1. Required background:     Non-developmental placement in reading and writing


  1. Course Content:


A.           History of Dentistry

B.           The Professional Dental Assistant

C.           Regulatory and Advisory Agencies

D.           The Dental Health Care Team

E.           Dental Ethics

F.            Dentistry and the Law


  1.    Learner Outcomes

         The student will:


    1. Identify historical figures who made important contributions to dentistry
    2. Describe the roles of the assistant
    3. Explain the education and licensure requirements of the dentist and hygienist
    4. Identify the dental specialties
    5. Explain the education and credentialing of the assistant and lab technician
    6. Discuss the professional organizations
    7. Describe the model for ethical decision making
    8. Explain the difference between ethics and the law
    9. Describe the state dental board and the dental practice act
    10. Discuss abandonment, due care, omission and commission
    11. Explain the difference between expressed and implied consent
    12. Demonstrate how to correct a chart entry
    13. Discuss the ownership of records and radiographs


  1. Evaluation

Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, essays, written assignments, tests 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.


  1. This course supports the following objectives.


DCC Educational Objectives



Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Personal Development

Quantitative Reasoning

                  Scientific Reasoning