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Dental Assisting Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate patient education and management skills.
    • Provide oral health instruction and counseling. Recommend home-care strategies.
    • Recognize patient abilities to properly care for their teeth.
    • Translate dental terminology to layman's terms.
    • Advise patients on impact of diet on oral health.
    • Identify normal and pathological abnormalities of the oral structures.
    • Perform extra oral tissue examinations.
  2. Demonstrate administrative office skills.
    • Accurately review health history forms with patients.
    • Practice effective interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Model professional conduct and appearance, and demonstrate professional behaviors consistent to the dental workplace.
    • Identify and effectively manage time and resources.
  3. Demonstrate occupational safety skills.
    • Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
    • Engage and assist in the management of medical and dental emergencies and administer basic life support procedures, when indicated.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in sterilizing instruments and disinfecting equipment.
  4. Demonstrate general chair-side skills.
    • Assist in diagnostic and operative procedures. Perform clinical supportive functions during pre-treatment, treatment, and post-treatment phases.
    • Demonstrate proper tray setups.
    • Identify and differentiate between esthetic and restorative treatment procedures.
  5. Demonstrate fluency and competency dealing with legal and ethical issues.
    • Practice exercising sound clinical judgment while performing duties within existing ethical and legal parameters of the clinical dental practice.
    • Practice compliancy with OSHA, OR-OSHA, and HIPAA regulations.
  6. Demonstrate radiographic proficiencies.
    • Demonstrate proper film placement for intra- and extra-oral films and expose, process, and mount radiographs of diagnostic quality.
    • Effectively communicate radiographic safety techniques and concerns to patients and peers and acquire maximum diagnostic yield with minimal exposure to radiation.
  7. Demonstrate dental and laboratory sciences skills.
    • Apply knowledge of basic dental sciences in professional setting, use correct dental terminology, take alginate impressions, and complete laboratory procedures, including pouring and trimming molds and study casts.