Dental Assisting (DNA) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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DNA 100 - Introduction to Oral Health Professions
Provides an introduction to the oral health profession and covers basic terminology, historical perspective, the credentialing process, accreditation, professional organizations, and legal and ethical considerations.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DNA 103 - Introduction to Oral Health
Teaches anatomy of the head and neck, the oral cavity hard and soft tissues, as well as tooth morphology. Includes dental terminology, deciduous and permanent dentition as well as pathology.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DNA 108 - Dental Science
Studies head and neck anatomy, tooth morphology, pathological conditions of the oral cavity, disease processes, and microbiology.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
DNA 109 - Practical Infection Control
Studies principles of management of disease producing micro organisms and diseases associated. Emphasis in placed on sterilization, asepsis, and disinfection techniques applicable in the dental office.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
DNA 110 - Dental Materials
Studies the materials utilized in the laboratory aspect of dentistry as support in treatment. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics, manipulation, economical control, storage, and delivery of materials.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
DNA 113 - Chairside Assisting I
Provides instruction on the principles of clinical chair side dental assisting, dental equipment use and maintenance, safety, instrument identification, tray set-ups by procedures, and patient data collection. Emphasis on patient management during restorative procedures.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
DNA 114 - Chairside Assisting II
Introduces the student to the various dental specialties including oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontic, prosthodontics, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry. Integrates and applies previous course content to operative dental procedures.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
4 credits
DNA 120 - Community Health
Studies topics related to community health issues including identification of specific diseases, symptoms, causes, and effects. An emphasis is placed on the promotion of oral health in the community through patient education in oral home care techniques, dietary counseling, plaque control procedures and application of medicinal agents.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
DNA 130 - Dental Office Management
Exposes students to and provides practical experience in the legal aspects of dental office management with regard to ethics, jurisprudence, appointment control, recall systems, reception techniques, telephone techniques, accounts receivable and payable, payroll, insurance claims, inventory control, and professional conduct in a dental office.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 1-3 hours. Total 2-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
DNA 134 - Dental Radiology and Practicum
Teaches the physics of dental radiation and safety, equipment operation, cone placement for the parallel and bisection techniques, panoramic exposures, mounting and film processing.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
DNA 135 - Dental Radiation Safety
Studies techniques and devices used for protection from ionizing radiation. Teaches biological effects, cell sensitivity and genetic effects of ionizing radiation. Includes practice of bisection and parallel techniques on manikins. Prepares employed dental staff to meet the Virginia Board of Dentistry's regulations for certification in dental radiation safety hygiene.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
2 credits
DNA 140 - Externship
Exposes students to the fast pace of a dental practice while they perform support services with an established team.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 12 hours. Total 13 hours per week.
5 credits
DNA 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits