Semester 1: (8 weeks)

Prerequisite: CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider).

DNTL114 Sciences in Dentistry
Credits: 2 (30 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of: basic human anatomy and physiology, the structures of the head, neck and oral cavity, and tooth development, eruption and morphology.

The knowledge gained by the student through this course is essential every day in the career of a Dental Assistant.

DNTL116 Patient Information and Assessment
Credits: 3 (32.5 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of the foundations related to: assessing a patient’s overall and dental health status, collecting personal information, obtaining diagnostic information, working with medically compromised patients, obtaining and recording vital signs and assisting in medical emergencies. Also included is the study of: the basic principles of pharmacology and how to maintain and accurately complete dental records and clinical charts.

The knowledge gained by the student through this course will make them a valuable resource and an integral part of the dental team.

DNTL118 Infection Prevention and Foundation for Clinical Dentistry
Credits: 3 (39 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of: the chain of infection and methods of prevention and control of microorganisms, principles and techniques of disinfection and instrument processing and sterilization, safety and workplace hazardous waste management. Also included is the study of: the dental office, procedures for general operations of a dental office, team dentistry, the instruments and supplies used in general dental procedures and the importance of patient comfort during dental treatment with the use of moisture control, anaesthesia and pain control.

This course provides the foundational knowledge that Dental Assistants who; as healthcare professionals, require for seeking current evidence-based information to determine the best products, safest methods and most effective techniques to maintain a safe environment for themselves and their patients and to perform the intra-oral skills of: dental dam and topical anaesthetic.

DNTL119 Oral Health and Prevention of Dental Disease
Credits: 2 (29 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of: dental caries, periodontal disease, periodontics, preventive dentistry, nutrition and oral pathology. Included in this course is the Oral Hygiene Instruction Booklet Assignment, to link the theory related to prevention, nutrition and oral hygiene instruction with the actual delivery of instruction to patients.

The knowledge gained by the student through this course serves as the foundation that Dental Assistants require to educate patients in oral health and prevention of disease and to perform the intra-oral skills of: anticariogenic agents, desensitizing agents and dental probing.

DNTL117 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice I
Credits: 4 (59.5 hours)

This practical course reinforces the foundational knowledge gained through the co-requisite courses DNTL114, 116, 118 & 119.
Clinical practice and assessment is scheduled for: infection control procedures, disinfection and sterilization procedures, medical and dental histories, vital signs and oral inspections.

Also included is the introductory level practice of: management of simulated medical emergencies, oral evacuation and instrument transfer, oral hygiene instruction, topical fluoride, topical anesthetic, dental dam and desensitizing agents.
Emphasis is placed on safety procedures, infection control, professional decorum and the application of theory in a clinical situation.

Semester 2: (6 weeks)

Prerequisite: CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) & semester 1 courses.

DNTL128 Dental Assisting Clinical Theory I
Credits: 2 (33 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of general dentistry including: restorative and esthetic dental materials, dental bases, liners and bonding systems, matrices and wedges, impression materials, lab materials and procedures and dental cements.

The knowledge gained by the student through this course serves as the foundation that Dental Assistants require to assist in general dental restorative procedures and to perform the intra-oral skills of: bases and liners, matrices and wedges, provisional restorations and impressions.

DNTL129 The Professional Dental Business Administrator
Credits: 3 (43.5 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of conduct appropriate to a professional setting and dental administration including: the professional dental assistant, the dental healthcare team, dental ethics and the law, communication in the dental office, business operating systems and financial management in the Dental Office. Dental computer software training is also provided in this course in a laboratory setting.

The knowledge gained by the student through this course serves as the foundation that Dental Assistants require to perform as Dental Administrators in the Dental Practice

DNTL127 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice II
Credits: 5 (84 hours)

This practical course reinforces the foundational knowledge gained through the co-requisite course DNTL128.

Clinical practice and assessment is scheduled for: topical anaesthetic, mixing cements, restorative procedures, dental dam, preliminary impressions and wax bites, bases and liners, matrices and wedges, pouring dental models and temporary restorations.

Also included is the introductory level practice of dental probing.

Students will experience a clinical shift scheduled as a sterilization clerk.

Emphasis is placed on safety procedures, infection control, professional decorum and the application of theory in a clinical situation.

Semester 3: (7 weeks)

Prerequisite: CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) & semesters 1& 2 courses.

DNTL139 Dental Assisting Clinical Theory II
Credits: 3 (46.5 hours)

This theory course includes the terminology and study of dental radiography and assisting in comprehensive dental care including: fixed prosthodontics, provisional coverage, oral surgery, dental sealants, orthodontics, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, coronal polishing, removable prosthodontics, dental implants and laboratory procedures for the fabrication of whitening trays, sportsguards and custom acrylic trays.

The knowledge gained by the student through this course serves as the foundation that Dental Assistants require to assist in dental specialty procedures, perform laboratory procedures and to perform the intra-oral skills of: dental radiographs, selective coronal polishing, pit and fissure sealants, suture removal, and provisional coverage.

DNTL137 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice III
Credits: 7 (95.5 hours)

This practical course reinforces the foundational knowledge gained through the co-requisite course DNTL139.

Clinical practice and assessment is scheduled for: gingival retraction, trimming study models, crown and bridge procedures, provisional coverage, desensitizing agents, dental probing, extraction procedures, suture removal, endodontic procedures,
Additional clinical practice is provided for: laboratory skills including: fabrication of custom whitening trays.

Also included is the introductory level practice of: radiographic procedures, dental sealants and coronal polishing.

Emphasis is placed on safety procedures, infection control, professional decorum and the application of theory in a clinical situation.

Semester 4: (5 weeks)

Prerequisite: CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) & semesters 1, 2 & 3 courses.

DNTL149 Workplace Transitions
Credits: 2 (21.5 hours)

This course is designed to transition the student into the workplace. Students will further develop their skills in team dynamics through the preparation and delivery of the group assignments: Community Health Project and Dental Specialty Presentations.

Students will also gain experience in preparing for and writing major cumulative examinations by writing a case-based Final Examination.

DNTL147 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice IV
Credits: 7 (107 hours)

In this practical course, students will provide services to the public with direct facilitator supervision. Dental radiographs, sealants and sites to apply desensitizing agents will be prescribed by a Dentist on-site. The students will assess the oral health condition of their patients to determine if other services are indicated including: selective polish, topical fluoride, oral hygiene instruction and dietary counseling. Students will also engage in the supportive roles as: dental receptionist, sterilization clerk and clinical float assistant.

Clinical practice and assessment is scheduled for: laboratory skills including: trimming dental models, fabrication of, sports guards and custom acrylic trays and students will engage in a case based approach to clinical evaluation of dental procedures practiced throughout the program.
Emphasis is placed on safety procedures, infection control, professional decorum and the application of theory in a clinical situation.

Semester 5: (4 weeks)

Prerequisite: CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) & semesters 1, 2, 3 & 4 courses.

DNTL199 Practicum
Credits: 8 (144 hours)

This course engages the students in a complete practicum experience in an external office setting performing the skills of a dental assistant in a general dental practice.

Initially classes will lead students to securing a contract with their practicum office so they are prepared for the external practicum portion of the program which will take place during the final 4 weeks of the program. Classroom activities will focus on discussion related to the Dental Assistant Student’s responsibilities during their practicum including: the behaviors and attitudes that employers want.

To complete this course the student will engage in full time hours at their external practicum office setting for 35-40 hours per week for a minimum total of 140 hours.

During this time the students will comply with the assigned hours of work and rules and regulations of the practicum office.
Students will maintain communication throughout their practicum by weekly reporting of the activities and procedures they are experiencing at their practicum office.

A formal evaluation of the student’s performance will be completed by the practicum office supervisor in consultation with Dental Assistant Professional Program Faculty.