Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

5 how does the placement of clinical practice courses

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5. How does the placement of clinical practice courses within the curriculum contribute to application of other subjects? 6. Assess the degree to which curriculum objectives for clinical experiences are being met. 7. Assess the degree to which the educational program provides students with the background knowledge of and competence required to perform functions delineated in Standards 2-7, 2-8, 2-9 and 2-10 . 53
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8. To what extent have results of the student evaluation process been used to modify the curriculum? STANDARD 3 – ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF 1. Assess the effectiveness of communication between the program administrator and institutional administrators. 2. What activities during the past year demonstrate that the program administrator has assumed responsibility for continuous coordination, evaluation and development of the dental assisting program? 3. If any faculty member(s) lack(s) a baccalaureate degree, background in educational theory and practice and/or work experience as a dental assistant, in what ways are these deficiencies being corrected? Is the institution able to provide financial assistance and/or release time to support this endeavor? 4. To what extent do faculty/student ratios during laboratory, preclinical and clinical sessions provide individualized instruction and allow evaluation of the process as well as the end result? 5. Compare the program faculty’s opportunities to continue professional development with those of other faculty in terms of release time and financial support. 6. Assess the effectiveness of the faculty evaluation system. STANDARD 4 – EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES 1. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of the capacity, design and scheduling of the clinical, laboratory and classroom facilities and equipment in relation to the attainment of program goals. 2. Evaluate the comprehensiveness, diversity, currency and quality of the texts and periodicals pertaining to dentistry and dental assisting that are available for use. 3. Assess the budget available to purchase instructional aids and equipment. 4. Evaluate the support services available to the program. 54
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STANDARD 5 – HEALTH AND SAFETY PROVISIONS 1. Assess the program’s policies on the use of ionizing radiation. 2. To what degree does the institution comply with state and federal laws related to radiation? 3. Assess the effectiveness of the program’s infectious disease(s) and hazardous materials policy(s) and procedures in ensuring a safe environment for patients, students, faculty and staff. 4. Assess the effectiveness of the program’s policy to manage emergencies which might occur in the dental assisting clinical and laboratory facilities. STANDARD 6 – PATIENT CARE SERVICES 1. If the program has an on-site clinic and provides dental care, assess the effectiveness of the program’s system of quality assurance for the patient care program.
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