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Lake Washington Institute of Technology    
  Feb 22, 2018
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

DENT 111 Introduction to Dental Assisting

2 credits
Students learn terminology, Washington State Dental Practice Act policies, ethics and jurisprudence, dental specialties and an introduction to the clinical aspects of being a dental auxiliary. Professional organizational structures will be included.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Dental Assistant program.

Quarters Offered: Fall, Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic tooth morphology
  • Describe the role and identify the educational and licensing requirements of the members of the dental health team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function of professional organizations in dentistry
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the Dental Practice Act of Washington State and its applications to dental assisting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic medical and dental terminology
  • Identify outstanding contributors to the dental assisting profession
  • Identify the eight dental specialties recognized by the ADA
  • Explain the basic steps in the communication process
  • Understand non-verbal communication and practice identifying non-verbal clues
  • Describe barriers to communication and explain how to overcome them
  • Develop improved listening skills
  • Recognize which groups and individuals fit under the diversity umbrella
  • Identify steps by which many cross-cultural barriers may be overcome
  • Describe how to combat racial and sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Discuss the importance of grooming and hygiene as it relates to working in the dental office