As a Dental Assistant, you’re an integral part of the dental team. You’ll work with your dental team to help prepare patients for exams, take X-rays, sterilize equipment, and educate patients in proper oral care. Depending on what state or environment you work at, other duties will vary.
Dental Assisting (Diploma) Mission Statement
The Dental Assisting Diploma program aims to guide students in developing proficiency, professionalism, empathy, and accurate technique while learning to interact professionally with dentists, coworkers, and patients.
Dental Assisting (Associate Of Applied Science) Mission Statement
The Dental Assisting program at Concorde Career College prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for success in an entry-level Dental Assistant position. The program aims to guide students in developing proficiency, professionalism, empathy, and accurate technique while learning to interact professionally with dentists, coworkers, and patients.
Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes
The Dental Assisting Diploma program learning objectives include achievement of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in management skills, appointment scheduling, laboratory procedures, maintenance of patient records, chairside assistance, instructing patients in proper oral hygiene, and assisting in the selection, placement and removal of rubber dam, sutures, and periodontal packs.
The Dental Assisting Associate degree program includes general education courses covering mathematics, written, verbal, and nonverbal communications; interpersonal skills; critical thinking; the sciences; and the humanities. Learning objectives include achievement of sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills in which students are required to successfully complete radiological written and skills assessments.
The Dental Assistant makes an important contribution to the success of a dental practice as a valuable member of the dental healthcare team. The Dental Assistant's responsibilities may include preparing patients for procedures, assisting the dentist with instrument transfer during procedures, maintaining treatment planning records, exposing and processing dental x-rays, reviewing oral hygiene and postoperative care instructions with patients, performing laboratory work, and managing such essential functions as inventory control, infection control and OSHA compliance. The Dental Assistant may also be called on to assist in the business office with filing records, preparing insurance reports, maintaining records on the computer, and scheduling appointments.
FOR THE CAMPUS IN MEMPHIS:
The Dental Assisting (Diploma) program is approved by the Dental Board, State of Tennessee Health Related Boards, 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor, Nashville, TN 37243; 615-532-5073; 1-800-778-4123.
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