Program Description for Dental Assisting


36 Weeks / 765 Clock Hours which includes 225 Externship Hours /135 Outside Additional Clock Hours

900 Total Hours/ 26 Semester Credits

The primary objective of the Dental Assistant Program is to provide students with a hands-on education in the fundamental principles of the dental assistant field in both clinical and office settings. Courses focus on dental procedures like taking radiographs and impressions, sterilization and chairside assisting, as well as office procedures such as coding, billing and appointment setting. In addition, students are provided with an understanding of the expanding role dental assistants play in today’s workplace to prepare them for entry level employment in the dental assisting field.

The Dental Assisting Program consists of four modules. Modules 1 through 3 may be taken in any order; however, module 4 must be taken at the end of the program.

  • Each module is nine weeks in length (total of 36 weeks)
  • Classes are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to Noon, or 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Module 4 consists of an externship program
  • Course total of 765 clock hours / 26 semester credits
  • There is an average of 135 independent home study hours for this program.
  • One complete uniform, which includes scrub pants, scrub top, and white lab coat with patch and name badge is included with course.
  • Modules can be taken in any order; however, Dental Assisting Externship will always be taken last by the student.

    Upon Program Completion:

  • Receives a Dental Assisting Diploma
  • Students are required to take the DANB certification exam

    (Dental Assisting National Board)

    which includes: RHS (Radiology Health & Safety)

    and ICE (Infection Control Exam)

    Course Subject Descriptions Are As Follows:

       (click on course title for full catalog listing)

    Program consists of four modules:

 

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Dental Anatomy

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DA 100 Principles of Dental Assisting I

60 clock hours-lecture / 15 additional outside clock hours / 2.5 credits


This course provides knowledge and understanding of the dental assisting profession, oral health, preventive techniques, and nutrition.  The course covers the details of dental history, preparing for patient care, vitals, dental charting, and pharmacology. Students will have an understanding of dental diseases and pathology as well as prevention of dental diseases.

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DA 111 Dental Materials and Infection Control

45 clock hours-lecture / 11.25 additional outside clock hours / 2 credits


This course provides knowledge and understanding of microbiology, infection control in dentistry, regulations, and guidelines for the dental practice, and occupational health and safety.  This course also covers the knowledge of chemical and physical properties of dental materials, their indications for use, and proper manipulation of the materials.  The students will have an understanding of emergency management, introduction to the dental office, basic chair side assisting, impression, and laboratory materials.

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DA 104 Head & Neck Anatomy and Tooth Morphology

45 clock hours-lecture / 11.25 additional outside clock hours / 2 credits


This course provides knowledge and understanding of the oral cavity tooth morphology and head and neck anatomy.  The course covers the details of tooth identification and numbering systems.  Osteology of the skull, muscles, nerves and arteries of the head and neck are discussed.  Students will have an understanding of the formation and development for all primary and permanent teeth.

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DA 105 Clinical/Lab Dental Assisting I

30 clock hours-lab / 7.50 additional outside clock hours / 1 credit


This course provides clinical dental assisting training for concepts taught in the DA 100, DA 111 and DA 104 courses.  Hands-On training is provided and students are expected to demonstrate competency with safety standards, infection control, dental anatomy, oral health, and prevention of dental disease.

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 Dental Radiology and Office Techniques

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DA 101 Principles of Dental Assisting II

30 clock hours-lecture / 7.50 additional outside clock hours / 1 credit


This course is a continuation of Principles of Dental Assisting I, and provides knowledge and understanding of patient information and assessment and the foundation of clinical dentistry.  The course covers the details of the dental office environment, delivering dental care, hand instruments, hand pieces, moisture control, anesthesia, restorative materials, and dental cements.

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DA 106 Dental Radiology with Lab

60 clock hours-lab / 15 additional outside clock hours / 2 credits


This course provides knowledge and clinical training for dental radiography concepts and techniques in dental radiography.  Hands-On training is provided and students are expected to demonstrate competency with x-ray equipment and safety, x-ray film processing, intraoral x-rays and extraoral x-rays.

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DA 107 Clinical/Lab Dental Assisting II

45 clock hours-lab / 11.25 additional outside clock hours / 1.5 credits


This course is a continuation of Clinical Dental Assisting I and provides clinical dental assisting training for concepts taught in the DA 101 and DA 106 course.  Hands-On training is provided and students are expected to demonstrate competency with patient information, assessment, and the foundation of clinical dentistry as well as radiology.

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DA 113 Dental Practice Management

45 clock hours-lecture / 11.25 additional outside clock hours / 2 credits


This course provides knowledge and understanding of the business of dentistry and the philosophy of the dental practice.  This course will cover business and communication management, telecommunication, appointment management on a computer, patient recall, inventory, accounts receivable, marketing the practice, and legal/ethical issues.

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 Dental Specialties

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DA 102 Principles of Dental Assisting III

45 clock hours-lecture / 11.25 additional outside clock hours / 2 credits


This course is a continuation of Principles of Dental Assisting II and provides knowledge and understanding of dental materials and comprehensive dental care.  This course covers removable and fixed prosthodontics, provisional coverage, endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery.

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DA 108 Clinical/Lab Dental Assisting III

90 clock hours-lab / 22.50 additional outside clock hours / 3 credits


This course is a continuation of Clinical Dental Assisting II and provides clinical dental assisting training for concepts taught in the DA 102 and DA 112 courses.  Hands-On training is provided and students are expected to demonstrate competency with dental procedures and comprehensive dental care.

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DA 112 Advanced Chairside Functions

45 clock hours-lecture / 11.25 additional outside clock hours / 2 credits


This course provides knowledge and understanding on theory, background, procedures, and expanded functions on the role of the dental assistant.  The areas that will be covered are pedodontics, orthodontics,  oral pathology, cosmetic dentistry, and bleaching techniques.

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 Dental Assisting Externship

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DA 114 Externship

225 clock hours-externship / 5 credits


In the third module, students will meet with their respective externship coordinator to begin planning their externships. The externship is required for all students and must be completed to be eligible for graduation and to receive their diploma. To qualify for the externship phase of the program, a student must first have met the 2.0 G.P.A. or re-taking a subject, a score of 70% or above on the Comprehensive Class Room Final Exam and have an overall attendance of 90% in his or her medical courses.  All work is performed under the direct supervision of licensed medical personnel at the site in cooperation with MTI’s respective externship coordinator. Student will be scheduled for 225 externship hours. MTI currently has externship site agreements in place, and those sites have agreed to host dental assisting students. Externs are not entitled to compensation.

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Current sites with agreements for Dental Assisting

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Additional Requirements:

 


Upon successful completion of course work through the third module one complete uniform will be supplied, including scrub pants, scrub top, and lab coat with patch and name badge. Students will be able to purchase additional uniforms as desired. The Hep B Vaccine will also be provided, if needed, beginning in the first term.

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