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Dental Assistant
Course Code
DNTA 1000  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to the Dental Field 
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.  
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1015  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Customer Service Skills for the Dental Office 
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. 
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.

 


Course Code
DNTA 1025  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Clinic Support for the Dental Office 
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.  
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.

 


Course Code
DNTA 1035  Credits 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Dental Office Support Skills Lab 
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.

 


Course Code
DNTA 1101  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Dental Assisting 
Description This course introduces you to the dental profession and to dental assisting, as well as provides knowledge of legal terms, ethical standards and legal issues as they relate to dentistry. The course will focus on program requirements, dental terminology, dental history, roles and responsibilities of each member of the dental team, dental office procedures and communications, levels of supervision, dental ethics and legal issues, and the Minnesota Dental Practice Act. 
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1110  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Dental Science 
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. 
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1115  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Dental Anatomy 
Description This course is a basic introduction to the anatomy, physiology, embryology, histology and pathology of the oral cavity. You will focus on the tissues and structures of the oral cavity, and on the primary and permanent dentition. 
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1120  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Preclinical Dental Assisting 
Description This course will provide basic scientific concepts related to the causes of disease, its spread and methods for control. You will focus on disease transmission and protection of the patient and dental personnel through the use of Universal Precautions Center for Disease Control (CDC) Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards. 
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1130  Credits 2.00 Lec 1.00 Lab View Details
Title Chairside Dental Assisting 1 
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. 
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.

Co-requisites

DNTA 1101 and DNTA 1120 or approval from the program director.

 


Course Code
DNTA 1140  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Chairside Dental Assisting 2 
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. 
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1170  Credits 3.00 Int./Prac. View Details
Title Clinical Externship 1 
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 office 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.



Course Code
DNTA 1201  Credits 1.50 Lec 0.50 Lab View Details
Title Introduction to Expanded Functions 
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.  
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1210  Credits 1.00 Lec 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Dental Materials 
Description This course provides the background knowledge, functions and manipulative skills in dental materials. The course will focus on commonly used dental materials, their purpose, properties, manipulation, placement, care, hazards and storage. 
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.



Course Code
DNTA 1250  Credits 2.00 Lec 1.00 Lab View Details
Title Radiology 1 
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. 
Prerequisites  

DNTA 1101, DNTA 1110, DNTA 1120 and DNTA 1130. Required of students enrolled in the diploma program only.

Co-requisites

DNTA 1201 or approval from the program director is required of students enrolled in the certificate program only.

 


Course Code
DNTA 1260  Credits 1.00 Lec 3.00 Lab View Details
Title Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 1 
Description This course is part of the advanced functions legal in Minnesota for a Registered Dental Assistant to perform. The course will focus on delineation of duties; knowledge and opportunity to perform orthodontic, periodontal, oral and maxillofacial surgery expanded duties; as well as on the preclinical and clinical skills in dental dam, excess cement and bond removal; and taking an alginate impression to include a bite registration. 
Prerequisites  

DNTA 1101, DNTA 1110, DNTA 1120, DNTA 1130, DNTA 1210 and CPR or acceptance into the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant program or approval from the program director.



Course Code
DNTA 1274  Credits 4.00 Int./Prac. View Details
Title Clinical Externship 2 
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. Must be taken pass/fail. 
Prerequisites  
Co-requisites

DNTA 1210; placement into READ 0200 or placement into ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042 with faculty recommendation into ESOL 0052.

 


Course Code
DNTA 1350  Credits 1.00 Int./Prac. 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Radiology 2 
Description This course is a continuation of Radiology 1 and provides you with an opportunity to develop skills in exposing, processing, and evaluating radiographs. This course will focus on the preclinical and clinical application of radiographic techniques. You will expose radiographs on patients. 
Prerequisites  

DNTA 1250.



Course Code
DNTA 1360  Credits 1.00 Int./Prac. 1.00 Lec 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 2 
Description This course continues with the advanced functions legal in Minnesota for a licensed dental assistant to perform. The course will focus on nutrition as it relates to oral health; oral hygiene instruction; mechanical polishing of the clinical crowns; application of fluoride; preclinical and clinical skills in the induction of nitrous oxide-oxygen inhalation analgesia and the application of pit-and-fissure sealants. 
Prerequisites  

DNTA 1260 or approval from the program director.