Alamance Community College
2021 Calendar Year

Dental Assisting (Evening Option) • Semester by Semester

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DEN-100 Basic Orofacial Anatomy (1st 8 weeks) 2 2
DEN-100   Basic Orofacial Anatomy PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • ENG 090 RED 090 DMA 010, 020, 030

This course provides a basic introduction to the structures of the head, neck, and oral cavity. Topics include tooth morphology, head and neck anatomy, histology, and embryology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of normal structures and development and how they relate to the practice of dental assisting.

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DEN-101AB Preclinical Procedures 4 3
DEN-101AB   Preclinical Procedures PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction in procedures for the clinical dental assistant as specified by the North Carolina Dental Practice Act. Emphasis is placed on orientation to the profession, infection control techniques, instruments, related expanded functions, and diagnostic, operative, and specialty procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in clinical dental assisting procedures. This course is restricted to diploma and/or certificate programs.

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DEN-111 Infection/Hazard Control (2nd 8 weeks) 2 2
DEN-111   Infection/Hazard Control PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the infection and hazard control procedures necessary for the safe practice of dentistry. Topics include microbiology, practical infection control, sterilization and monitoring, chemical disinfectants, aseptic technique, infectious diseases, OSHA standards, and applicable North Carolina laws. Upon completion, students should be able to understand infectious diseases, disease transmission, infection control procedures, biohazard management, OSHA standards, and applicable North Carolina laws.

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ACA-111 College Student Success 1 1
ACA-111   College Student Success PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course introduces the college's physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.

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PSY-150 General Psychology 3 3
PSY-150   General Psychology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • ENG 080 and RED 080 or DRE-097

This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior. Topics include history, methodology, biopsychology, sensation, perception, learning, motivation, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality theory, social psychology, and other relevant topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the science of psychology.

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Semester Total 12 11
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DEN-112 Dental Radiography 5 3
DEN-112   Dental Radiography PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides a comprehensive view of the principles and procedures of radiology as they apply to dentistry. Topics include techniques in exposing, processing, and evaluating radiographs, as well as radiation safety, quality assurance, and legal issues. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the production of diagnostically acceptable radiographs using appropriate safety precautions.

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Semester Total 5 3
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DEN-102AB Dental Materials 3.5 2.5
DEN-102AB   Dental Materials PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction in identification, properties, evaluation of quality, principles, and procedures related to manipulation and storage of operative and specialty dental materials. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and safe application of materials used in the dental office and laboratory. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the laboratory and clinical application of routinely used dental materials.

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DEN-105 Practice Management 2 2
DEN-105   Practice Management PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • DEN-100;

This course provides a study of principles and procedures related to management of the dental practice. Emphasis is placed on maintaining clinical and financial records, patient scheduling, and supply and inventory control. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate fundamental skills in dental practice management.

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BIO-106 Intro to Anatomy/Physiology/Microbiology 4 3
BIO-106   Intro to Anatomy/Physiology/Microbiology PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • DMA-010 DMA-020 DMA-030

This course covers the fundamental and principle concepts of human anatomy and physiology and microbiology. Topics include an introduction to the structure and function of cells, tissues, and human organ systems, and an overview of microbiology, epidemiology, and control of microorganisms. Upon completion, students should be able to identify structures and functions of the human body and describe microorganisms and their significance in health and disease.

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Semester Total 9.5 7.5
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DEN-101BB Preclinical Procedures 6 4
DEN-101BB   Preclinical Procedures PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction in procedures for the clinical dental assistant as specified by the North Carolina Dental Practice Act. Emphasis is placed on orientation to the profession, infection control techniques, instruments, related expanded functions, and diagnostic, operative, and specialty procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in clinical dental assisting procedures. This course is restricted to diploma and/or certificate programs.

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DEN-102BB Dental Materials 3.5 2.5
DEN-102BB   Dental Materials PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • NONE

This course provides instruction in identification, properties, evaluation of quality, principles, and procedures related to manipulation and storage of operative and specialty dental materials. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and safe application of materials used in the dental office and laboratory. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the laboratory and clinical application of routinely used dental materials.

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Semester Total 9.5 6.5
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DEN-103 Dental Sciences 2 2
DEN-103   Dental Sciences PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • DEN-100

This course is a study of oral pathology, pharmacology, and dental office emergencies. Topics include oral pathological conditions, dental therapeutics, and management of emergency situations. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize abnormal oral conditions, identify classifications, describe actions and effects of commonly prescribed drugs, and respond to medical emergencies.

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Semester Total 2 2
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DEN-107 Clinical Practice II 13 5
DEN-107   Clinical Practice II PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • DEN-106 DEN-112

This course is designed to increase the level of proficiency in assisting in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on the application of principles and procedures of four-handed dentistry and laboratory and clinical support functions. Upon completion, students should be able to combine theoretical and ethical principles necessary to perform entry-level skills including functions delegable to a DA II.

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DEN-104 Dental Health Education 4 3
DEN-104   Dental Health Education PREREQUISITES and COREQUISITES • DEN-101 DEN-111;

This course covers the study of preventive dentistry to prepare dental assisting students for the role of dental health educator. Topics include etiology of dental diseases, preventive procedures, and patient education theory and practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in patient counseling and oral health instruction in private practice or public health settings.

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Semester Total 17 8
TOTAL CREDITS 38