DAE 100—Dental Anatomy 2-0-2
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the morphology and function of the human permanent and primary dentitions and skeletal and dental classifications of occlusion. (Graduates of the WCCC Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene programs are not required to take this course. DAS 101 or DAH 104 will be substituted for DAE 100)
DAE—101 Expanded Functions Dental Assisting I 3-6-6
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the EFDA functions as delegated by the PA State Board of Dentistry. Lecture and laboratory sessions will present each function in detail and provide students with the opportunity to become competent in the EFDA functions.
DAE 102—Expanded Functions Dental 1-8-3 Assisting II
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to perform EFDA functions and evaluate their performance through journal writing and class discussion. Clinical experience is arranged through approved dental practices. Liability insurance must be maintained by the student while enrolled in the program. Clinical sessions include a wide variety of restorative experiences on many patients. Two four-hour clinical sessions are required per week for 15 weeks. Students who are able to schedule more than eight hours per week may complete the clinical rotation in less than 15 weeks. Prerequisites: DAE 100, DAE 101
DAS 100—Introduction to Dental Assisting 4-0-4
This course is designed to give the student an introduction to the scope and depth of dental assisting practice. An introduction to the dental specialties is provided with an emphasis on restorative dentistry procedures. Corequisites: DAS 101, DAS 103
DAS 101—Oral Anatomy 2-0-2
This course is designed to study the normal anatomy of the oral cavity and the oral facial structures as well as the nerve supply to these areas. Tooth morphology and function are also discussed. Corequisites: DAS 100, DAH 103
DAS 102—Dental Materials for Dental Assistants 1-2-2
Lecture and laboratory course designed to familiarize the dental assisting student with commonly used materials in dentistry. The focus is on appropriate use of the materials and the correct manipulation of the materials.
DAS 103—Dental Assisting Lab 0-8-4
This course is designed for students to observe, discuss, and practice the clinical skills required to perform dental assisting procedures. Students will apply didactic concepts in a supervised clinical laboratory setting. Corequisites: DAS 100, DAS 101
DAS 104—Dental Science 4-0-4
This course provides an overview of the dental sciences. Didactic emphasis is placed on pharmacology/pain control, oral histology and embryology, oral pathology and nutrition. Prerequisites: DAS 100
DAS 105—Dental Radiology for 2-2-3
Dental Assistants This course provides an overview of dental radiology principles and techniques. Topics include X-ray production, radiation safety, exposure technique, film processing, landmark identification and client management. The student will apply didactic concepts in a supervised clinical laboratory setting.
DAS 106—Clinical Dental Assisting I 2-12-5
This course provides didactic and clinical practice experience for the student dental assistant. The didactic portion of this course relates to preventive dentistry and the treatment of patients with special needs. Emphasis is also on the dental specialities of pediatric dentistry, endodontics, oral pathology, oral maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and dental public health. Students will be supervised in all phases of dental assisting while rotating through selected departments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the WCCC Dental Hygiene Clinic. Prerequisites: DAS 100, DAS 101, DAS 103 Corequisites: DAS 104
DAS 108—Clinical Dental Assisting II 1-12-4
This course provides didactic and clinical practice experience for the student dental assistant to be competent to begin practice upon program completion. The didactic portion of this course relates to preparation for the Dental Assisting National Board Examinations and successful role implementation upon employment. Emphasis is also placed on the legal and ethical issues in dentistry. Clinical emphasis is on obtaining mastery of dental assisting skills. Students will complete a supervised preceptorship in private dental offices. Prerequisite: DAS 106
DAS 109—Practice Management 2-0-2
This course presents an overview of the administration and a management of a dental office. The student will be introduced to the use of the microcomputers and their application in a dental office. Corequisite: DAS 108