Dental Assisting (DNA) at Wytheville Community College


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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 109 - Practical Infection Control
Studies principles of management of disease producing microorganisms and associated diseases. Emphasizes sterilization, asepsis, and disinfection techniques applicable in the dental office.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
DNA 109 Detailed Outline
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 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 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