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DNA 90 - 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 93 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
DNA 95 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 96 - 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 97 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 98 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 99 - 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
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 119 - Dental Therapeutics
Exposes students to concepts and terminology related to pharmacology, pain control, and dental medicinal agents. Emphasis is placed on the use of materials in patient treatment.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 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 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
DNA 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. 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 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
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
DNA 210 - Amalgam Restorations: Placing, Packing, Carving and Polishing
Studies the characteristics, manipulation, economical control, storage, and delivery of amalgam restorative materials. Covers the materials and techniques of direct amalgam placement, carving and finishing as support in dental treatment in a clinical environment.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 110, DNA 113; Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB
3 credits
DNA 212 - Composite Resin Restorations: Placing and Shaping
Studies the characteristics, manipulation, economical control, storage, and delivery of composite restorative materials. Covers the materials and techniques of direct composite placement and finishing in a clinical setting as supported in dental treatment.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
Prerequisite: DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 110, DNA 113; Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB)
3 credits
DNA 214 - Indirect Restoration Techniques
Studies the characteristics, manipulation, economical control, storage, and delivery of indirect restorative materials. Covers materials and techniques of non-epinepherine cord placement, taking of final impressions, and final cementation of indirect restorations in a clinical setting as support in treatment.
Laboratory 9 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
Prerequisites: DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 110, DNA 113; Dental Assisting National Board Exam (DANB) Certified Dental Assistant
3 credits
DNA 290 - 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 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
DNA 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 296 - 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 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
DNA 299 - 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