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Dental Assistant - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315081

As a dental assistant, you work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. You may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical, and office duties such as patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. While dental assistants typically work in general or specialty dental offices, you may also choose to work for insurance companies, dental lab studios, or dental supply companies. You may also find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration, US Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county, or city health facility. Students are given the opportunity to obtain National Board Certification prior to graduation. The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.

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Employment Potential

The program prepares graduates to work with dentists as they examine and treat patients. Dental assistants may carry out a variety of laboratory, clinical, and office duties, such as patient scheduling and bookkeeping functions. Dental assistants typically work in general or specialty dental offices. Some dental assistants may work for insurance companies, dental lab studios, or dental supply companies. The dental assistant may also find employment with federal agencies such as the Veterans Administration, US Public Health Services, the Armed Forces, or a state, county, or city health facility.

Graduates may find employment as a:

• Dental Assistant

• Dental Office Manager

• Dental Laboratory Assistant

• Dental Laboratory Technician

• Dental Treatment Coordinator

• Maxillofacial Dental Assistant

• Endodontic Dental Assistant

• Prosthodontic Dental Assistant

• Dental Receptionist

• Dental Practice Manager

• Dental Sales Representative

• Orthodontic Dental Assistant

• Pediatric Dental Assistant

• Periodontic Dental Assistant

Industry Credentials

Graduates will be provided the opportunity to obtain the CDA credential.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM APPLICATION
• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Admission Assessment, or equivalent or ACT assessment taken within the last five years. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
• REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAM ENTRY
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 65; Reading Comprehension, 78; Sentence Skills, 75. ACT benchmarks are Math, 15; Reading, 16; English, 18. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend mandatory program orientation and welcome week.
• Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Suggested Skills for Success

• Students are expected to have entry-level computer and keyboarding skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer skills coursework if deficient in this area.
• A science background with emphasis in Advanced Biology and Anatomy and Physiology is highly recommended.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Dental Assistant technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
Start dates for the first semester are June and September.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-508-101
Dental Health Safety
1
10-508-101 DENTAL HEALTH SAFETY...prepares dental auxiliary students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students also take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories. CPR certification is a prerequisite; students will be required to show proof of certification before beginning the course. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Dental Hygiene or Dental Assistant Programs) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-508-304
Dental & General Anatomy
2
31-508-304 DENTAL & GENERAL ANATOMY...prepares dental assistant students to apply fundamentals of general and dental anatomy to informed decision-making and to professional communication with colleagues and patients. (Corequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-307, Dental Asst Professionalism) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall
31-508-307
Dental Assistant Professional
1
31-508-307 DENTAL ASSISTANT PROFESSIONALISM...prepares dental assistant students for professional success in a dental practice or another dental health care environment. Students develop professional appearance and image. More importantly, they learn to work within ethical guidelines and legal frameworks. In preparation for entering the work force, dental assistants customize or develop their portfolios and lay out an ongoing professional development plan. (Corequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-304, Dental & General Anatomy) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
SECOND SEMESTER
10-508-103
Dental Radiography
2
10-508-103 DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS...prepares dental auxiliary students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In this course students demonstrate competency on a manikin. In addition, students expose bitewing radiographs on a peer, role-play patient. (Prerequisite: 10-508-101, Dent Health Safety; Corequisite: 10-508-102, Oral Anat & Hist OR 31-508-304, Dental & General Anat) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-508-113
Dental Materials
2
10-508-113 DENTAL MATERIALS...prepares dental auxiliary students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. They also learn to take alginate impressions on manikins and clean removable appliances. (Prerequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-304, Dental & General Anatomy OR 10-508-102, Oral Anatomy, Embry, Histology) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-508-120
Dental Office Management
2
10-508-120 DENTAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT...prepares dental auxiliary students to manage telephones, appointments, recall systems, and inventory. Students also develop the skills need to process accounts receivable and payable, collections, and third party reimbursements. (Prerequisite: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
31-508-302
Dental Chairside
5
31-508-302 DENTAL CHAIRSIDE...prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology, and restorations and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pain control, amalgam restoration, and cosmetic restoration. Students will also develop the ability to educate patients about preventive dentistry, brushing and flossing techniques, and dental procedures, using lay terminology. Throughout the course, students will apply decoding strategies to the correct use and interpretation of dental terminology. (Prerequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-304, Dental & General Anatomy; Corequisite: 10-508-113, Dental Materials; all other second semester classes) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
31-508-306
Dental Assistant Clinical
3
31-508-306 DENTAL ASSISTANT CLINICAL...students apply skills developed in Dental and General Anatomy, Dental Health Safety, Dental Chairside, Dental Materials, Dental Radiography, and Professionalism in a clinical setting with patients. Emphasizes integration of core abilities and basic occupational skills. (Prerequisites: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 31-508-304, Dental & General Anatomy; 31-508-307, Dental Assistant Professionalism; Corequisites: 31-508-302, Dental Chairside; 10-508-113, Dental Materials; 10-508-103 ,Dental Radiography Applications) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
THIRD SEMESTER
31-508-308
Dental Chairside Advanced
5
31-508-308 DENTAL CHAIRSIDE - ADVANCED...prepares dental assistant students to adapt chairside skills to assisting with dental specialties as they are performed in general practice. Focuses on pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontic, and prosthodontics. Students will also develop the ability to assist with sealants, perform coronal polishing, and apply topical fluoride and topical anesthetics. (Prerequisites: 31-508-302, Dental Chairside; 31-508-306, Dental Assistant Clinical; all other 2nd semester classes; Corequisite: 31-508-309, Dental Lab Procedures; all other 3rd semester classes) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
31-508-309
Dental Laboratory Procedures
4
31-508-309 DENTAL LABORATORY PROCEDURES...prepares Dental Assistant students to produce alginate impressions and fabricate diagnostic models, oral appliances, temporary restorations, and custom trays. Students also polish oral appliances. (Prerequisites: 31-508-304, Dental & Gen Anatomy; 10-508-113, Dental Materials; all other 2nd semester classes; Corequisite: 31-508-308, Dental Chairside-Advanced; all other 3rd semester classes) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
31-508-310
Dental Radiography - Advanced
1
31-508-310 DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY - ADVANCED...builds on principles and skills developed in Dental Radiography. Dental assisting students expose full mouth series, extra-oral and specialized radiographs on adult and child patients. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students will also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. In addition, they will use radiographs to explain dental health and treatment plans to patients. (Prerequisite: 10-508-103, Dental Radiography Applications; all other 2nd semester classes; Corequisite: 31-508-311, Dental Assistant Clinical Advanced; all other 3rd semester classes) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
31-508-311
Dental Assistant Clinical-Adv
2
31-508-311 DENTAL ASSISTANT CLINICAL - ADV ...Dental assisting students apply skills developed in Dental Chairside - Advanced, Dental Lab Procedures, Dental Radiography - Advanced, and Dental Office Procedures in a clinical setting with patients. Emphasizes integration of core abilities and basic and advanced occupational skills. (Prerequisite: 31-508-306, Dent Asst Clinical; All other 2nd semester classes; Corequisites: 31-508-308, Dental Chairside Advanced; 31-508-309, Dental Lab Procedures; 31-508-310, Dental Radiography Advanced; 10-508-120, Dental Office Management) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
TOTAL CREDITS
34
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 31-508-XXX and 10-508-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team.
. The following courses will transfer into the Dental Hygiene Associate Degree program: 10-508-101, Dental Health Safety; 10-508-103, Dental Radiography Application; 10-508-113, Dental Materials; 10-508-120, Dental Office Management
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation.
Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Collect diagnostic and treatment data.
• Manage infection and hazard control.
• Perform clinical supportive treatments.
• Take diagnostic radiographs.
• Perform dental laboratory procedures.
• Provide patient oral health instruction.
• Assist in managing medical emergencies.
• Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
• Carry out dental office procedures.

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Accreditation

The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association-Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase personal protection equipment/clothes and provide their own transportation to the dental office.
• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association BLS Provider course during their first semester.
• Submit required immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Industry Credentials

Graduates will be provided the opportunity to obtain the CDA credential.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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