Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 5533
First Term: 2012 Fall   
Award: CCL  
Total Credits: 34-34.5
CIP Code: 51.0601
Occupational Area: Health Science / Dental


Instructional Council: Allied Health (51)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code:


Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Clinical Dental Assisting program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to practice advanced expanded functions in clinical dental assisting. The distance education format and frequent enrollment opportunities allow for flexibility in program completion. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Courses must be taken in specific chronological order with clinical experience completed in partnership with a practicing dentist who is a member of the state Dental Association.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; 312-440-4653). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (216 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611) Certification Exams for the designation CDA-Certified Dental Assistant, and the Arizona State Certification in Radiation Health and Safety Exam, and the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP).

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Required Courses
+ CDA240 Dental Radiographic Imaging 3
+ CDA285 Clinical Dental Assisting Seminar 2
+ CDA290 Internship for Clinical Dental Assistants 4
+ DAE112 Dental Assisting I 7
+ DAE156 Dental Assisting II 7
+ DAE212 Dental Assisting III 2
+ DAE256 Dental Assisting IV 1.5
Credits: 26.5

Program Competencies
1. Analyze the role of dental team members in the delivery of dental care. (CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
2. Relate the regulation of dental assistants pursuant to state laws and regulations. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156)
3. Describe the roles of professional and safety organizations associated with dentistry. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156)
4. Use effective interpersonal communication skills. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
5. Demonstrate effective patient management skills. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
6. Perform skills within the business practice management systems of a dental practice. (CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
7. Complete dental charts. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
8. Perform intra and extra oral preliminary dental examinations. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
9. Perform accepted infection control and safety procedures in compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standards and Hazard Communication Standard. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
10. Identify and describe anatomical structures and stages of development. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156)
11. Identify and describe histological structures of oral tissues, diseases and developmental anomalies associated with dentistry. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
12. Explain the processes of inflammatory, regeneration and repair of tissues. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
13. Obtain vital signs and medical/dental history information. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
14. Demonstrate the ability to assist with medical emergencies in a dental office. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156)
15. Explain uses, effects and components of pharmaceutical agents used in dentistry. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
16. Manipulate, maintain, and explain physical properties of dental materials. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
17. Practice taking preliminary impressions, study casts, and occlusal registrations for the purpose of study and working model fabrication. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
18. Operate and maintain dental equipment. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
19. Demonstrate knowledge of radiation health and safety measures. (CDA240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
20. Demonstrate knowledge of exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE156)
21. Produce diagnostically acceptable radiographs using radiation health and safety measures for patients and operators. (CDA240, CDA290)
22. Prepare dental instrument systems for general procedures. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
23. Perform clinical chairside dental assisting functions in the delivery of general procedures. (CDA240, CDA290, DAE112, DAE156)
24. Demonstrate providing patients with oral hygiene instructions and nutritional counseling. (DAE112, DAE156)
25. Identify and describe clinical chairside expanded dental assisting functions. (CDA285, CDA290, DAE156)
26. Perform clinical chairside expanded dental assisting functions. (CDA285, CDA290, DAE156)
27. Identify and describe specialty dental procedures. (CDA290, DAE212)
28. Prepare dental instrument systems for specialty procedures. (CDA290, DAE212)
29. Perform clinical chairside dental assisting functions in the delivery of specialty dental procedures. (CDA290, DAE212)
30. Analyze procedures and outcomes associated with specialty dental procedures. (CDA290, DAE212)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 22, 2012

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.





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