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Dental Assisting Advanced Certificate

City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Dental Assisting

Advanced Certificate (AC)

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The Dental Assisting program prepares dental assistants to meet employment opportunities to assist dentists during patient treatment procedures.  Classroom, lab, and clinical instruction provide students with a broad background in all aspects of dentistry.  Clinical internship is provided by area dental offices and clinics under the guidance of dentists and assistants in the communities throughout the district.  The program also includes courses which teach expanded functions for dental assistants who have demonstrated proficiency through education.  Upon successful completion, students will be eligible to obtain an accredited certificate in Dental Assisting and take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination​​​

Details: Advanced Certificate (AC)

Credit Hours (CH)

Program/Plan Number

0399

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes

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Career Possibilities

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

 CH

Program Core Requirements

31  CH
Dental Assisting
DENTAL 100
Oral and Dental Anatomy 2
This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of crown and root development, morphology, and function and positional relationships of the teeth within the dentition. This course includes introduction to the embryological development and microscopic examination of orofacial organs and structures. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Current and valid CPR certification, Up-to-date vaccination history and/or provider documentation of exception AND Admissions into the Dental Assisting Program Plan 399.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 101
Dental Medical Emergencies 3
This course is designed to introduce the student to the signs, symptoms, and treatment of medical emergencies in the dental office. This course introduces the student to the medical history and patient assessment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Current and valid CPR certification, Up-to-date vaccination history and/or provider documentation of exception AND Admissions into the Dental Assisting Program Plan 399.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 102
Dental Assisting Procedures I 5
This course is designed to provide the student with the basic concepts, procedures, and current regulatory mandates related to infection control and the management of hazardous material for the dental team. This course also introduces study of dental materials dealing with the science of development, properties, manipulation, care, evolution and evaluation of materials. It introduces the student to basic equipment, instruments, and procedures associated with the dental office, with emphasis placed on four-handed dentistry. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Current and valid CPR certification, Up-to-date vaccination history and/or provider documentation of exception AND Admissions into the Dental Assisting Program Plan 399.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 103
Dental Assisting Procedures II 4
This course is designed to increase skill competency taught in DENTAL 102 relating to operative and surgical dentistry. Patient care, management, and diagnosis and treatment planning will be presented. This course also incorporates more advanced study of dental materials dealing with the science of development, properties, manipulation care, evolution and evaluation of materials. It introduces the student to more dental specialties and increase chair-side competency.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTAL 102 AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 104
Dental Radiography I 3
This course provides an introduction to dental radiography. The material covered includes basic theory regarding radiography, its equipment and equipment usage, the effects and hazards of radiation, and operator/patient protection. The types of exposures included in this course include bitewings and periapicals. This course provides the students with the technical knowledge needed for positioning, exposing, processing, mounting and evaluating dental radiographs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Current and valid CPR certification, Up-to-date vaccination history and/or provider documentation of exception AND Admissions into the Dental Assisting Program Plan 399.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 105
Dental Radiography II 2
Utilizing the basic knowledge and skills emphasized in DENTAL 104, this course increases the skill competency levels to prepare diagnostically acceptable intraoral radiographs using different techniques. In addition, this course will encompass the techniques for exposing radiographs on children, edentulous patients, and other special populations. The students will receive practical experience exposing radiographs on mannequins and patients. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in DENTAL 104 AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 106
Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Assistant 3
Head and neck anatomy is designed to increase students understanding of the major anatomical landmarks of the body, head and neck. Covered topics include: nervation, musculature skeleton, and blood supply and function. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, Current and valid CPR certification, Up-to-date vaccination history and/or provider documentation of exception AND Admissions into the Dental Assisting Program Plan 399.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 107
Prevention 3
A review of the etiology of dental care, and a study of dental plaques and periodontal disease with emphasis on prevention and control. The role of the dental assistant in regards to oral health education will be the primary focus. The basic content, including proper nutrition, and oral hygiene, directs students toward the ability to practice their communication skills and nutritional counseling skills as they relate to the preventive dental health education. The student will receive practical experience for the delivery of dental health education. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better of DENTAL 104 AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 109
Dental Office Procedures 1
This course introduces the student to the business skills needed to function successfully as a dental secretary/office manager will be explored. Written skills will be stressed and practiced, and proper bookkeeping will be explained and practiced. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better of DENTAL 104 AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
DENTAL 112
Dental Assisting Externship 5
A clinical practice learning experience to increase dental assisting skill to job-entry level competency. Clinical assignments in various dental specialty practices, as well as general dentistry practices will provide opportunities for advance skill development in chair side assisting techniques, clinical support, and business office procedures. Students will demonstrate effective communications skills. Ethical, legal, and personal responsibilities, testing and certification requirements, employer-employee relationships, job opportunities, professional development and continuing education and current techniques/equipment will be discussed in group settings. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better of DENTAL 104 AND Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

 CH

Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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