Our Curriculum

WHAT EXACTLY AM I GOING TO LEARN AT LCDAA

A comprehensive twelve sessions with 96 hours of lecture/lab time along with an online course of approximately 80 hours of testing and homework, this certification program is designed to provide students with technical and practical applications of dental assisting.  Information is delivered in lecture and lab hours along with an on the job externship of 160 hours after the 12 week program.

UNIT ONE:  DENTAL THEORY INTRODUCTION, ORAL ANATOMY & DENTAL SCIENCE
Instruction will be provided in the skills performed by members of the dental team.  A brief discussion of Dental History will be discussed.   Dental office design and working environment will be explained.  Location, structures and functions of head and neck anatomy will be discussed as well as instruction in the structure and forms of human teeth, location in the mouth, eruption schedule, function of each tooth in the primary and permanent dentition and related terminology.   This course will also provide instruction in the process of inflammation, identification of oral lesions, oral diseases and nutritional disturbances.  Part I # 1, 2, 3, 4, Part II # 9, 10, 11, 12,  Part III #13, 16, 17, Part IV # 18  of the assistant book. 

Classroom Hours-8 Lab Hours-0

UNIT TWO:  STERILIZATION, CHARTING & PATIENT MEDICAL HISTORY
Students will learn the infection control standards, including requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, hazardous materials handling, regulations and infection control, proper sterilization technique for instruments and hand piece’s as well as dental equipment. Sterilization theory, terminology and autoclave operation will be discussed.  Treatment room disinfection will be practiced.  This course will also provide the importance of accurate charting and interpretation for diagnosis, consultations, treatment planning, and financial and billing purposes.  Students will learn how to record and take vital signs – blood pressure and pulse.  The importance of medical history in the dental office including treating patients with special needs like high blood pressure and heart disease along with the pharmacology of specific medicines and pre-medicated patients will be discussed.  We will also go over basic pharmacology and drugs associated with treating disease in dentistry.  Part IV 19, 20, 21, Part V all units and Part VI # 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30 of the assistant book. 

Classroom Hours:-4 Lab Hours-4
Each student will need to spend one day(8hrs) at each LFD and AFD office
They will need to observe x-rays (pano, fmx & Bwx) breakdown rooms, sterilize instruments, observe assistants throughout the day.

UNIT THREE:  BASIC CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING, ANESTHESIOLOGY & POLISHING
Instruction will include how to prepare a pt. for care.  Four-handed dentistry including operating zones, suction, retraction, and air/water syringe will be reviewed and practiced.  The basics of instruments and a basic tray set up is displayed and practiced.  Isolation techniques are demonstrated and practiced with the rubber dam.  The assembling of an anesthetic syringe and topical application is practiced.  Indications for coronal polishing & fluoride treatment are discussed and practiced.  We will go over preventive dentistry along with the anesthesia and pain control for the patient.  Part III #15, Part VII all units, Part X #48 & #58 of the assistant book.

Classroom Hours:-2 Lab Hours-6

UNIT FOUR:  ORAL RADIOLOGY
Instruction in positioning of dental sensors and digital technology techniques.  Review the techniques & protocols for radiation safety for the patient and operator.  Discuss, Identify & perform exposure & processing techniques.  Describe the history, physics & biological effects of radiation.  Written and clinical testing.  Students will participate as patients along with our Dexter.  Part VIII of the assistant book.

Class Hours:-4 Lab Hours-4

UNIT FIVE:  RESTORATIVE MATERIALS
Chairside assisting with restorative materials such as amalgam and composites are discussed and practiced.  Types of cavity liners and varnishes are taught.  Proper mixing techniques of cements are practiced.  
The preparation and application of enamel sealant material will be practiced.  Hand Instruments, dental burs, handpieces and tray set up for restorative will be reviewed and practiced along with instrument grasp and transfer.  Part I # 5 Part X #59 and Part IX #43, #44 of the assistant book.  

Classroom hours:-4 Lab Hours-4

UNIT SIX:  MATRIX BANDS & IMPRESSIONS
Students learn about the importance of a matrix system for restorations.  Students will learn the assembly of the matrix and a wedge.  Impressions in dentistry will be discussed and students will learn to take impressions, pour and trim study models.  Bleach trays and night guards will be made with the study models.  Benefits of night guards will be reviewed along with the types of bleaching materials used, techniques and patient instructions.  Part II #6 Part X #49,  and Part IX #46, #47 of the assistant book. 

Class Hours:-2 Lab Hours-6

UNIT SEVEN:  CROWN & BRIDGE
Students will learn about temporaries and impression materials involved in crown and bridge procedures.  The role that the laboratory plays in the fabricating of fixed prosthetics will be briefed.  Students learn to take impressions and make temporaries. Placement and removal of gingival retraction devises is discussed.  Hand Instruments, dental burs, handpieces and tray set up for crown and bridge will be reviewed and practiced along with instrument grasp and transfer.  Part II #7, Part X #50 and #51 and Part IX #45 of the assistant book. 

Class Hours:-2 Lab Hours-4 +2 extra on chairside

UNIT EIGHT:  ORAL SURGERY, IMPLANTS & PROSTHODONTICS
Students will learn the process of implant surgery, oral surgery and the different types of removable prosthodontics including the appointments and steps involved in the making of partials and full dentures.  Polishing, relining and repairing dentures and the function of an overdenture will be reviewed.   Oral Surgery and Implant Surgery procedures will be reviewed.  Students learn to place surgical dressing and remove surgical sutures.  Postoperative patient care following all oral and implant surgery procedures is discussed and practiced.  Hand Instruments, dental burs, handpieces and tray set up for oral and implant surgery and prosthodontics will be reviewed and practiced along with instrument grasp and transfer. Part X #52, #53, #56 of the assistant book. 

Class Hours:-2 Lab Hours-1 +5 hours chairside and restorative

UNIT NINE:  ENDO & PERIODONTICS
Students will focus on assisting with endodontic and periodontics procedures. Students will learn the definition of an endodontist, the procedure of a basic endo and materials will be reviewed and practiced.  The importance of prevention of oral disease and treatment of periodontal disease will be reviewed.  Surgeries for periodontal disease will be reviewed. Hand Instruments, dental burs, handpieces and tray set up for endo and periodontics will be reviewed and practiced along with instrument grasp and transfer.  Part III #14 and Part X #54 and #55 of the assistant book. 

Class Hours:-2 Lab Hours-2 +4 hours radiology

UNIT TEN: ORTHO & PEDIATRIC DENTRISTY & BASIC OFFICE APPLICATIONS
Students will identify primary dentition and treatment used in pediatric dentistry.  Students learn the definition of orthodontics and the limited role in general dental practices plays in pediatric dentistry. Basic instructions of the front Desk Office include the following:  phone techniques, marketing, patient scheduling, pre-treatment estimates and insurance terminology.  Understanding what is permitted and not permitted in a dental office with HIPPA regulations.  Part II #8, Part X #57, #60 Part XI #61, #62, #63 of the assistant book. 

Class Hours-4 Lab Hours-4 hour  
Students need to take their HIV testing and start the application process to be a dental assistant per instructor advice.

UNIT ELEVEN:  EMPLOYMENT TECHNIQUES, DENTAL EMERGENCIES & CPR TRAINING
The importance of professionalism and interviewing skills.  How to construct a resume and learning to deal with people in the dental office.  Importance of personal appearance, dress and attitude.  Instruction will include how to pretpare for and deal with common medical and dental emergencies, and be familiar with the necessary contents of an office emergency kit.  Part VI #31 and Part XI #64 of the assistant book. 

Class Hours:-4 Lab Hours-4 all CPR
UNIT TWELVE:  REVIEW AND TESTING
This week we will review sessions 1-11 and complete all final testing.
Class Hours-4 Lab Hours-4

Book needed to purchase to complete course:  Modern Dental Assisting, 13th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4557-7451-7

Coursework will be completed on: https://evolve.elsevier.com/

 

EXTERNSHIP

Upon successful completion of all other courses in the Dental Assisting Program, students will be then eligible to participate in a 160-hour clinical externship.  The Clinical externship will enable students to work in the clinic applying the principles and practices learned in the classroom.  Students must successfully complete their externship to fulfill the necessary requirements for graduation.