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Introduction to the Dental Field (DNTA 1000)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides an introduction to professional opportunities within the dental field. Students will focus on dental history, terminology, the roles and responsibilities of each dental health team member, and the Minnesota Dental Practice Act. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052; HCCC 1010, HCCC 1020, HCCC 1030, HCCC 1040, HCCC 1050, HCCC 1060, HCCC 1070 and HCCC 1100.

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Customer Service Skills for the Dental Office (DNTA 1015)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This introductory course provides skills to work in a supportive role in a dental office. You will focus on reception skills, clerical applications, business office equipment, and the commonly used scheduling methods used in the dental office setting. This will include computerized software and standard types of processes used in current dental practices to effectively schedule and communicate with patients. You will build upon competencies achieved in the Healthcare Core Curriculum and apply them specifically to the dental office. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052; HCCC 1010, HCCC 1020, HCCC 1030, HCCC 1040, HCCC 1050, HCCC 1060, HCCC 1070 and HCCC 1100.

Co-requisites:

DNTA 1000.

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Clinic Support for the Dental Office (DNTA 1025)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides the skills needed to safely support other clinical personnel. The course will focus on charting techniques, disease transmission, infection control and health/safety issues in dentistry. Students will participate in a lab setting to simulate patient interactions and master the skills required to be an effective member of the dental health team. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052; HCCC 1010, HCCC 1020, HCCC 1030, HCCC 1040, HCCC 1050, HCCC 1060, HCCC 1070 and HCCC 1100.

Co-requisites:

DNTA 1000.

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Dental Office Support Skills Lab (DNTA 1035)

Credits:  2   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides the opportunity to use and practice skills learned in DNTA 1000, DNTA 1015 and DNTA 1025. You will identify and observe various employment opportunities available in dental office and participate in laboratory sessions on-campus and at dental clinics in the community. You must pass DNTA 1000, DNTA 1015, and DNTA 1025 prior to attending the community-based learning. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052; HCCC 1010, HCCC 1020, HCCC 1030, HCCC 1040, HCCC 1050, HCCC 1060, HCCC 1070 and HCCC 1100.

Co-requisites:

DNTA 1000, DNTA 1015 and DNTA 1025.

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Dental Science (DNTA 1110)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is a basic introduction to anatomy, physiology, embryology, and pathology, with an emphasis on the head, neck, and oral cavity. The course will focus on the human body systems, specific tissues, structures, and landmarks of the head, neck and oral cavity, to include the primary and permanent dentition. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Dental Assistant program; placement into READ 0200 or placement into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Chairside Dental Assisting 1 (DNTA 1130)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course will provide knowledge in patient management, chairside assisting and the concepts of four-handed dentistry. You will focus on medical/dental histories, vital signs, medical and dental emergencies, drug classifications, and commonly used drugs in dentistry. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the appropriate armamentarium for dental procedures, seating positions, instrument transfer and operator setup for full utilization of a chairside assistant. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Dental Assistant program; placement into READ 0200 or placement into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Radiology 1 (DNTA 1150)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course introduces you to oral radiology, as well as the preclinical application of radiographic techniques. This course will focus on key landmarks, principles of radiation, radiation health and safety, radiographic techniques using both the parallel and bisecting-angle techniques, mounting radiographs, and radiograph evaluation. You will begin to practice on skulls. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Dental Assistant program; placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

Pre/Co-requisites:

DNTA 1110

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Dental Materials (DNTA 1160)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  1.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides the background knowledge, functions and manipulative skills in dental materials. You will learn the commonly used dental materials, their purpose, properties, manipulation, placement, care, hazards and storage. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Dental Assistant program; placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Clinical Internship 1 (DNTA 1170)

Credits:  3   Internship/Practicum:  3.00

Description:  This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop skills learned in the classroom through practical application. The course will focus on assisting in a dental clinic and participating as a member of the dental health team. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Dental Assistant program; placement into READ 0200 or placement into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Introduction to Expanded Functions (DNTA 1201)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  1.50   Lab Credits:  0.50  
Description:  This course provides an introduction to the expanded functions legal in Minnesota for a licensed dental assistant to perform. The course will focus on program requirements, and review of anatomy and physiology, dental specialties, dental materials, pharmacology, and microbiology/infection control. The course will also identify the levels of supervision, dental ethics and legal issues as they relate to the Minnesota Dental Practice Act. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant program; placement into READ 0200 or placement into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Chairside Dental Assisting 2 (DNTA 1240)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides you with the knowledge of the dental specialties that assist and provide supportive functions specific to each area. This course will focus on terminology, armamentarium, procedures and the clinical aspect of each dental specialty. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Acceptance into the Dental Assistant program; placement score into READ 0200 or placement score into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

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Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 1 (DNTA 1260)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  1.00   Lab Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is an introduction to the MN expanded functions that are delegated to a licensed dental assistant in Minnesota.The course combines lecture, laboratory and clinical instruction. You will perform functions according to specific criteria utilizing typodonts, skulls, and patients in accordance to the Minnesota Dental Practice Act You will provide direct patient care. You will also apply infection control, safety and standard precautions, along with proper patient management. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

DNTA 1110, DNTA 1130, DNTA 1160 or acceptance into the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant program or approval from the program director.  Completion of the MN Jurisprudence Exam and American Heart or American Red Cross Health Care Provider CPR is required.

Co-requisites:

DNTA 1240.

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Topics in the MN Expanded Functions (DNTA 1300)

Lecture Credits:  1.00-4.00   Lab Credits:  1.00-4.00   
Description:  This course will provide an individualized set of objectives to prepare you for the MN Licensure exam. You will learn the foundation and skills of the individual expanded function required to be eligible for the MN Licensure exam. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

Instructor permission required, please contact instructor. Completion of a dental assistant program, and/or completion of the DANB Certification exam is required.

 

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Radiology 2 (DNTA 1350)

Credits:  3   Lab Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is a continuation of Radiology 1 and provides you with an opportunity to develop skills in exposing, processing, and evaluating radiographs. You will focus on the preclinical and clinical application of radiographic techniques. You will expose radiographs on patients. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

DNTA 1150, or approval from program director.

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Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 2 (DNTA 1360)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  1.00   Lab Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course is a continuation of Dental Assisting Expanded Functions 1, which teaches delegated advanced functions legal for a licensed dental assistant in Minnesota. You will focus on the fundamentals and skills needed to provide the expanded functions in accordance to the Minnesota Dental Practice Act. You will provide direct patient care. You will also apply infection control, safety and standard precautions, along with proper patient management. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

DNTA 1260 or approval from the program director.

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Clinical Internship 2 (DNTA 1375)

Internship/Practicum:  4.00

Description:  This course is a continuation of Clinical Externship 1 and will provide you with the opportunity to continue developing skills initiated in the classroom and previous dental clinic experience, through practical application. The course will focus on assisting in a dental office and participating as a member of the dental health team. Students must have successfully completed DNTA 1350 and DNTA 1360 prior to attending the community-based learning. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

DNTA 1260.

Co-requisites:

DNTA 1350, DNTA 1360.

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