4 Credits per semester
Grade Level: 12
Dental Assisting prepares the student for an entry level dental assisting position. A variety of instructional strategies and technologies are used to teach basic skills that provide an excellent foundation for post secondary dental health occupations. Course content includes in-depth study and practical applications of: infection control procedures, medical emergencies, pharmacology, diseases of the mouth, tooth identification and anatomy, dental charting, identification and utilization of dental instruments, oral hygiene instruction, community dental health education, and nutrition. Simulated in-school laboratories and/or extended laboratory experiences are included to provide opportunities for students to develop clinical skills and appropriate ethical behaviors. Leadership skills are developed and community service provided through HOSA. Students have the opportunity to compete in a number of competitive events at both the state and national level. Introduces the student to technical skills in dental materials, basic chair side assisting, and radiology. Employability skills and professional behavior will be emphasized. Varied instructional strategies and technologies, simulated in-school laboratory and/or extended laboratory experiences are used to teach this course. This course provides an excellent foundation for post-secondary dental health careers. Leadership skills are developed and community service provided. Students have the opportunity to compete in a number of competitive events at both the state and national level.