Dental Assisting (DENT)

DENT 099
Introduction to Dental Assisting
1 Unit
18 lecture hours, 9 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

Open to anyone wanting to explore the possibilities of a career in dental assisting and/or dentistry. This class emphasizes introductory information and skills common to a dental assistant. Includes active learning and hands-on activities.

DENT 100
Dental Assisting Basics
2.5 Units (AA/AS)
45 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course will give the beginning dental assisting student a foundational knowledge of basic terminology, structures of the oral cavity, tooth morphology, tissues of the teeth, charting, and oral health care. The student will be oriented to the profession of dentistry in terms of governing bodies, professional organizations, ethics and jurisprudence.

DENT 101
Chairside Assisting
3 Units (AA/AS)
45 lecture hours, 72 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100 or concurrent enrollment.

This lecture/lab course provides preclinical instruction in four-handed dentistry techniques and prepares the student to assist a dentist at chairside. Content includes: the use and care of dental equipment, oral evacuation, instrument transfer, tray setups, infection control, preparation of anesthetic syringe, rubber dam, tofflemire matrix, cavity preparation, and rotary and hand instruments. Emphasis is placed on the responsibilities of a chairside dental assistant during general restorative procedures.

DENT 102
Dental Materials
2.5 Units (AA/AS)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100 or concurrent enrollment.

This course presents the basic physical and technical aspects of dental materials utilized in restorative, and laboratory dental procedures. It is designed to develop the manipulative skills necessary for the application of these materials.

DENT 121
Preclinical Dental Science
2 Units (AA/AS)
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100 or concurrent enrollment.

The study of the basic structure and function of the human anatomy as it relates to the oral cavity. This course provides instruction on oral histology and embryology, head and neck anatomy, and oral pathology with emphasis on their relationship to and affect on dental treatment.

DENT 122
Infection Control in the Dental Office
1.5 Units (AA/AS)
27 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100 or concurrent enrollment.

This course is designed to prepare the dental assistant in the prevention of disease transmission in the work environment. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of the infectious disease process, use of barriers, sterilization, disinfection, OSHA requirements, and the concept of standard precautions.

DENT 123
Preventive Dental Health
2 Units (AA/AS)
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100 or concurrent enrollment.

Fundamental skills involved in assessing the dental patient's health, the effect on dental treatment and the adjustments to dental treatment needed to protect the physical welfare of the patient. This class provides instruction on health history, vital signs, recognition and management of medical emergencies, nutrition, and pharmacology.

DENT 124
Dental Specialties
2 Units (AA/AS)
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100 or concurrent enrollment.

The scope of this course includes instruction in the fundamental principals, instrumentation and procedures of various dental specialities with emphasis on the role of the auxilary in each speciality.

DENT 125
Dental Practice Management
2 Units (AA/AS)
36 lecture hours, 9 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100; DENT 101 or DENT 102.

This course is designed to provide instruction in the application of skills and responsibilities of a business assistant in a dental practice. Fundamentals in basic bookkeeping procedures, communication skills, appointment scheduling, dental insurance, records management, employment preparation, and banking/financial procedures. Instruction includes integration of material through lecture, practical experience and the use of computers.

DENT 201
Dental Radiology
2 Units (AA/AS)
18 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 100, 101, 102.

This course encompasses the preclinical and clinical instruction in radiation safety, exposing, processing and mounting of radiographs utilizing traditional and digital methods. Student must be 18 years of age or older.

DENT 202
Registered Dental Assistant
4.5 Units (AA/AS)
60 lecture hours, 81 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 101, 102, 121, 122, 123, 124.

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course provides preclinical and, where appropriate, clinical practice in functions delegated to the dental assistant and the registered dental assistant under the jurisdiction of the California Dental Practice Act as specified by the rules and regulations of the Board of Dental Examiners. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of each task, competency of performance, demonstrated concern for patient safety, and an acquired background knowledge to support each duty.

DENT 203
Dental Practice Experience
5.5 Units (AA/AS)
300 lab hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass

Prerequisite(s): DENT 122, 124, 201.

This course provides the student with the opportunity for application and performance of acquired knowledge and skills while assuming the role of a chairside assistant in a dental school setting or private dental office.This course may be taken two times. Offered for Pass/No Pass grading only.

DENT 204
RDA Clinical Procedures
1 Unit (AA/AS)
12 lecture hours, 28 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): DENT 101, 102, 121, 123; DENT 203 or concurrent enrollment; Students must complete 180 hours of rotation in general dentistry during DENT 203 prior to starting this class.

This course covers those duties requiring clinical competence for the RDA: coronal polishing, pit & fissure sealants and mouth mirror inspection.

DENT 698A
Cooperative Education
1 Unit (AA/AS)
60 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

DENT 698B
Cooperative Education
2 Units (AA/AS)
120 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

DENT 698C
Cooperative Education
3 Units (AA/AS)
180 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

DENT 698D
Cooperative Education
4 Units (AA/AS)
240 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of volunteer employment or training sites.

DENT 699A
Cooperative Education
1 Unit (AA/AS)
75 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of paid employment or training sites.

DENT 699B
Cooperative Education
2 Units (AA/AS)
150 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of paid employment or training sites.

DENT 699C
Cooperative Education
3 Units (AA/AS)
225 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of paid employment or training sites.

DENT 699D
Cooperative Education
4 Units (AA/AS)
300 lab hours arranged

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): The student must be simultaneously enrolled in a class that relates to the Cooperative Education class.

A course designed to assist students in planning and accomplishing meaningful learning objectives related to Dental Assisting at their place of paid employment or training sites.