Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
41 Hours

Major

41 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
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DAS 1010
Dental Assisting I
4

Introduces students to the dental profession and the role of the dental assistant. This is a preclinical instruction course which includes topics such as the history of dentistry, medical/dental terminology, dental armamentarium, infection control, chairside procedures, team positioning, four-handed dentistry techniques and medical/dental emergency management. 30 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 1020
Dental Assisting II
3

Provides a foundation for dental charting, operative and chairside assisting clinical skills, patient management to include the medically compromised, nutrition and preventive dentistry and management of pain and anxiety. This is a preclinical instruction course. 15 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 1110
Anatomy, Histology and Pathology for the Dental Assistant
3

Provides an introduction to general anatomy, physiology and oral histology. An in depth study of dental and oral anatomy, tooth morphology, development and structural anatomy of the teeth, orofacial region and oral pathology. 15 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 1210
Biomedical Science
2

Provides an introduction to biomedical sciences as they relate to dentistry. Course content includes microbiology, pharmacology, and a comprehensive study of the principles of infection control practices employed in the dental office. 30 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 1310
Dental Materials
3

Provides an in-depth study of the composition, chemical and physical properties, manipulation and application of dental materials. This is a laboratory/preclinical competence course. 15 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 1410
Dental Radiography
4

Provides an in-depth study of radiation physics, biologic effects, safety/health and infection control utilized in the dental setting. This is a laboratory/preclinical competence course that has an emphasis on the fundamentals of dental radiographic exposure techniques, quality assurance, evaluation and interpretation of dental radiographs and patient selection criteria. 30 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 1510
Dental Office Management
2

Provides an introduction to business office procedures, including communications, appointment control, supply inventory maintenance, data entry for charges and payments, manage recall systems, dental computer software, operation of basic business equipment and management of patient information and records. 30 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 2010
Clinical Practice Seminar
1

Offers a one hour, weekly seminar for 12 weeks conducted to integrate theory, laboratory practice and student reflection on individual experiences in the clinical externship/practice. 15 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 2011
Clinical Practice
5

Provides 300 hours of dental assisting chairside practice and experience in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on infection control, patient management techniques, communication, professionalism and ethics, and entry-level, four-handed dental assisting procedures. 300 hours of clinicals are required. Students must achieve 73% or better in all coursework and 73% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

DAS 2110
Registered Dental Assistant Functions
3

Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform Registered Dental Assistant functions. This is a laboratory/preclinical course that emphasizes the delegated dental procedures for Registered Dental Assistants in the State of Michigan. 15 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 2210
Dental Specialties
2

Provides and introduction to dental specialty practices. The following specialties are included: endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, dental public health and forensic dentistry. 30 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 2310
Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence
2

Emphasizes the development of professionalism for dental office personnel. The course will explore the legal and ethical practice of dentistry, risk management and the study of the State Dental Practice Act. Content includes the exploration of interpersonal skills, psychology of patient management and employment and factors related to job satisfaction. 30 hours of lecture are required. Must complete with a C or better.

DAS 2610
CDA/RDA Exam Preparation
2

Provides a comprehensive review of the Dental Assisting Curriculum. This course is designed as a guide for students to enhance their individual preparation for national and state dental assisting board exams. 15 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C or better.

ENG 1010
College Composition I
3

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

HSC 1010
Introduction to Health Professions
2

Provides students with a foundation for college success, as well as the exploration of various health professions and tools for career planning. Emphasizes concepts of professionalism, health care ethics and confidentiality as well as an introduction to electronic health records (EHR) and relevant medical terminology.

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