Self Study Guide for Dental Assisting

Intent in determining the number of dental assisting

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resources available. Intent: In determining the number of dental assisting students enrolled in a program, including distance education modalities/programs, careful consideration is given to ensure that the number of students does not exceed the program resources including, as appropriate, patient supply, financial support, scheduling options, facilities and faculty. A. Description 1. How many classes does the dental assisting program admit each year? In what month(s) of the year do students begin their course of study? 2. How many applicants, i.e., individuals who have submitted required credentials, were there for the most recently admitted class? Of this number, how many met the minimum admission criteria? were offered admission? were enrolled? were enrolled with advanced standing? 3. Using the format illustrated in Example Exhibit F, provide enrollment and attrition data for the program during the current and four preceding years. B. Supportive Documentation Please refer to the applicable “Examples of evidence to demonstrate compliance may include” section within the Accreditation Standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs 1. Exhibit: Table of enrollment and attrition data (see Example Exhibit F) Curriculum Management 2-4 The curriculum must be structured on the basis of, a minimum of, one academic year of full-time study or its equivalent at the postsecondary level. Intent: At least one academic year (approximately eight to ten months) is needed to provide appropriate scope and depth of content and clinical experience of sufficient variety and quantity to ensure that students will have adequate opportunity to acquire knowledge of and skill in performing all functions. 24
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The curriculum may be structured to allow individual students to meet performance standards specified for graduation in less that the required length as well as to provide the opportunity for students who require more time to extend the length of their instructional program. The curriculum design may provide maximum opportunity for students to continue their formal education with minimum duplication of learning experiences. A. Description 1. Outline the sequence of the dental assisting curriculum as illustrated in Example Exhibit G. B. Supportive Documentation Please refer to the applicable “Examples of evidence to demonstrate compliance may include” section within the Accreditation Standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs 1. Exhibit: Outline of curriculum sequence (see Example Exhibit G) 2-5 The curriculum must be designed to reflect the interrelationship of its general education, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice. This content must be integrated and of sufficient depth, scope, sequence of instruction, quality and emphasis to ensure achievement of the curriculum’s defined competencies.
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