Explore Our Dental Assisting
& Front Office Course Outline
This program is a class-based instructional course, held in a working general dental office with a lecture area as well as operatory treatment rooms for hands-on instructions in addition to laboratory and sterilization rooms. We’re celebrating 5 years of continued success equipping one student at a time for success in the dental assisting field with the highest quality training! Each program will last 12 weeks and will consist of a total of 216 hours of classrooms, laboratory / clinical instructions and internship. Evening classes are held Monday through Thursday, thus allowing the students to hold a full-time job while attending the dental assisting program. Additional study time and take-home assignments will be included too. During the program, students will observe and practice on various dental procedures as part of the course requirements. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion after finishing all the training requirements.
Learning Objectives and Subjects
Our graduates will be able to assist a general dentist chairside, including patient education, passing instruments, taking diagnostically acceptable radiographs, fabricating and placing provisional coverage, sterilizing instruments, and disinfecting the treatment rooms.
Orientation to Dentistry & Dental Anatomy
This unit will provide students with information concerning the roles of dentists, registered dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians. Information is also given on the major areas of the dental office and major pieces of equipment will be explored. The dental specialties are also learned in this module. Furthermore, students will learn about the naming of teeth in accordance with their set, arch, class, type, and side in addition to their structure and distinguishing features. This information serves a practical purpose in dental treatment. Also, students will learn how to identify primary and permanent teeth, as well as learning the surfaces and the anatomy of tooth and tissue.
Disinfection, Treatment Room Care, and Sterilization
In this unit, students will learn about practices regarding sterilization and disinfection of treatment rooms, dental instruments, OSHA standards, and infectious materials. Also, students will learn about how to care for sharp materials and how to assemble an anesthetic syringe.
In this unit, students will be introduced to techniques and practices of safely mounting and taking digital X-rays. Students will learn about radiation safety levels, errors, techniques, and control factors. Then, they will practice these techniques throughout the remainder of the course. In addition, students will be carefully prepared for taking the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam.
Introduction to Four-Handed Dentistry
In this unit, students will learn how to assist by using four-handed chairside dentistry, including greeting, seating, preparing, and dismissing patients. Students will also learn treatment care room set-up, which includes tray setup for different dental procedures, identifying and transferring instruments, breaking down treatment care room, and dental instruments sterilization. In addition to learning and practicing moisture control, students will also increase their skills in the dental assisting program by learning how to fabricate temporary crowns and explore composite filling procedures. Students will identify handpieces, burs, and various dental instruments used in different dental procedures.
In this unit, students will explore diagnostic materials, including custom impression trays, and alginate impressions and pouring up and trimming casts. Also, students will learn how to make a custom night-guard and whitening trays.
Front Office & Dentrix
In this unit, students will learn the etiquette and the responsibilities of the dental assistant in answering the telephone, greeting, and welcoming the patient. Other skills, such as how to enter patient's information and data, create treatment plans, manage clinical charts, and create reports, are part of the curriculum. Students will also learn how to create and manage patients records and files by using the latest version of Dentrix, a dental office software.
In this unit, students will learn how to place sealants and perform other measures in preventative dentistry. Students will be prepared in this section of the program for their DANB Coronal Polish exam.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
In this unit, students will learn about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, commonly known as CPR, with hands-on training practice on chest compressions, including an emphasis on constant, rapid heart stimulation techniques taught by a state certified CPR instructor.
In this unit, students will be helped with information and assisted on how to create personalized cover letters, resumes, and provided with recommendation letters that will be used in the dental field job interviews etiquettes, rules, and guidelines in connecting with and throughout our dental network and affiliates.
Extern hours are to be completed in order to receive the dental assisting certificate of completion. In this unit, students will have an opportunity to observe and participate clinically as a dental assistant in a general or specialty dental office by applying what they have learned and to apply it in the real-world training with skills developed here at our school which can help greatly during the time of the dental assistant externship and can go a long way in preparing the students to excel in their position as quickly as possible.
A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office will help to locate a dental office for students to complete their externship hours.
Students in this program need to be 18 years of age or older. A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required to enroll in the dental assisting program. Once these requirements are met, an interview will be conducted with the student to tour the school facilities and fill all the necessary paperwork.
Enrollment can take place up until the first day of class, depending on availability. After the first day of class, new students are only enrolled for the following session.