Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

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Intent: The educational program addresses the appropriate content to ensure competency as determined by the program goals and objectives. These competencies are achieved within the framework of an appropriately sequenced curriculum including biomedical sciences, dental sciences, general education and clinical practice. The theoretical aspect of the curriculum provides content necessary for students to make judgments regarding the procedures they are expected to perform and to anticipate the dentist’s needs during procedures which are usually performed in general dentistry practices. To meet the needs of a one academic-year curriculum, it may be necessary to develop special courses in the general education and basic science subjects. In a two-year program, students may be enrolled in general education and basic science courses which are offered for credit toward a baccalaureate degree. General Education 28
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2-12 The general education aspect of the curriculum must include content at the familiarity level in: a. Oral communications b. Written communications c. Psychology of patient management and interpersonal relations Intent: General education subjects prepare the student to work and communicate effectively with patients and health professionals. Biomedical Sciences 2-13 The biomedical science aspect of the curriculum must include content at the familiarity level in: a. Anatomy and physiology b. Microbiology c. Nutrition 2-14 The biomedical science aspect of the curriculum must include content at the in- depth level in bloodborne pathogens and hazard communications standards and content must be integrated throughout the didactic, preclinical, laboratory and clinical components of the curriculum. Intent: The biomedical sciences provide a basic understanding of body structure and function; disease concepts; and dietary considerations of the dental patient. Dental Sciences Intent: Dental science content provides the student with an understanding of materials used in intra-oral and laboratory procedures, including experience in their manipulation; an understanding of the development, form and function of the structures of the oral cavity and of oral disease; pharmacology as they relate to dental assisting procedures; and scientific principles of dental radiography. 2-15 The dental science aspect of the curriculum must include content at the familiarity level in: a. Oral histology b. Oral embryology c. Oral pathology d. Pharmacology 2-16 The dental science aspect of the curriculum must include content at the in-depth level in: 29
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a. Dental materials b. Oral anatomy c. Dental radiology 2-17 Each student must be able to demonstrate knowledge of radiation safety measures to produce diagnostic radiographic surveys on manikins prior to exposing radiographs on patients.
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