The Dental Chairside Assisting program involves twelve weeks of  training where students have an opportunity of practicing the various routine of chairside assisting. At the completion of the 12-week portion of the training, the students must successfully complete a 40-hour externship in a local dental office.

The X-RAY class is included in the chairside program

All Chairside students become Student  members  in the (ADAA) American Dental Assistants Association. Some of the many benefits of the membership are a  subscription to the Dental Assistant Journal-Six times per year,  Professional Liability Insurance,  Discounted Continuing Education  and Free Resme' posting.

Students may choose to attend classes on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesday and Thurdsays evenings from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. During the sixth and seventh weeks, the students are in class from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm each evening. The externship may be completed in one week or may be spread over a two or three week period , but must be completed within 45 days after the completion of the 12 week portion.

Dental Assisting Schedule

The Dental Chairside Assisting program involves 12 weeks of  training where students have an opportunity of practicing the various routine of chairside assisting. At the completion of the twelve-week portion of the training, the students must successfully complete a 20-hour shadowing in a local dental office.

Students may choose to attend classes on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. Classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. During the sixth and seventh weeks, the students are in class from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm each evening. Students applying need to have  6 hours of shadowing in a local dental office with documentation required along with their applications.  During and or after the program training, the 20 hours shadowing may be completed in one week or may be spread over a two or three week period , but must be completed within 45 days after the completion of the 12 week portion.

  NEXT COURSE STARTS OCTOBER 1 Mon/ Wed & 2 Tue/ Thurs 

          

Dental Assisting Course Descriptions

Orientation to the Profession

A general overview of the dental profession is given including a discussion of professional associations, dental specialties, and the role of the dental assistant in the general dental office. Dental ethics is reviewed emphasizing the dental assistant’s obligation to observe established principles. A comparison is made between ethics and jurisprudence. This course includes an introduction to basic infection control and assistants are taught how to protect the patient, doctor, and themselves.

Initial Clinical Orientation

This course is designed to give the student basic skills in the initial reception, seating, and examination of the patient. Demonstrations are given using basic instruments and dental filling materials. Students are taught how to develop a dental x-ray film using the automated processor and how to sterilize instruments. Chairside role-playing situations are created to give students actual experience assisting the doctor.

Dental Anatomy & Physiology

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding and knowledge of dental anatomy as well as function. The individual characteristics of dental anatomy are studied as well as the human dentition and supporting structures.

Dental Charting

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the methods and symbols used in the dental office to properly record all needed and existing treatment. The classification of cavities is discussed, and students practice preparing dental charts using appropriate symbols and abbreviations.

Sterilization & Infection Control

The importance of maintaining sterility in the dental environment is discussed. Various methods of sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization are practiced. Students are given a broader look at the potential spreading of disease from a dental treatment area and an understanding of protection procedures.

Dental X-ray Techniques I

This course covers the history of radiography with particular attention given to the potential hazards of radiation. State and OSHA safety laws are discussed along with procedures for effecting proper protection. The students learn about the different types of dental x-ray units, x-ray film, and the procedure for exposing a bitewing film.

Dental X-ray Techniques II

Students learn how to expose dental periapical x-ray film using the Rinn Bisected-Angle Technique. Film development and mounting are discussed and practiced. Students are given a demonstration of panoramic radiology and gain an understanding of this special procedure.

Instrumentation

This course is designed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of the hand, surgical, and rotary instruments used in the dental office. The student will become proficient in setting up trays and passing instruments.

Dental Materials I

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the dental filling materials commonly used in the dental office. The student will become proficient in the manipulation of filling materials through practice simulating conditions of chairside role-playing.

Dental Materials II

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic knowledge as it relates to dental impression materials, waxes, and gypsum products. Students will see demonstrations regarding the use of impression materials and practice mixing these materials until experience is gained.

Advanced Clinical Procedures I

During this course, students will assume a role-playing status and have the opportunity of assisting in various operative procedures. Students will assist with cavity preparations and fillings, root canal procedures, and simple surgical procedures. Students will take and develop x-rays, chart dental records, and sterilize instruments.

Advanced Clinical Procedures II Preventive Dentistry

Students will continue chairside role-playing moving into more advanced procedures such as surgical extractions and crown and bridge preparations. Students will learn to educate patients about proper dental health care. Brushing, flossing, and diet will be discussed along with special dental health techniques.

Shadowing

The student will spend 20 hours shadowing in a dental office. This opportunity is offered to the student for practical application of all skills learned while in school.  The shadowing may be completed in one week or may be spread over a two or three week period, but must be completed within 45 days after the completion of the 12 week portion. The school staff will help with the placement of the students in the shadowing program, however it is the responsibility of the student to find a dental office they feel they will receive the best learning experience.

 

Dental Assisting Application

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747 Brawley School Rd.
Mooresville, NC 28117

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