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Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Dental Assistant Back Office (Fall)

APPROVED FOR UC/CSU

The following ROP course meets the UC/CSU Preparatory Elective ā€œGā€ requirement. To meet UC/CSU admission requirement (ā€œGā€ credit), students must complete a full year (two semesters) of the class and earn a grade of 70% or better.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Learn about a career in the dental field. Examine the fundamentals and practice procedures needed to assist the dentist; instruction includes dental terminology and anatomy, identification and use of instruments, equipment sterilization procedures, and preparation of dental materials.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health occupations classes include the study of reproductive and other systems and require practicing procedures on other students and/or patients, both male and female, of differing ages. Participation in these activities is required for a certificate of completion and continuation in the career pathway. Additionally, these classes may require heavy lifting and bending. Lastly, some programs require the submission of personal information, such as DOB and social security numbers, with state agencies and/or clinical internship partners due to licensing and security clearance requirements.

Certification: Students will have an opportunity to earn a Dental Practice Act and Infection Control certificate upon successful completion of the exams and course. Students must attend one five-hour session on a weekday evening or a Saturday for the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers card. Sessions are held at local schools or at the Presidio Campus in Costa Mesa. Students will sign up online during the second week of class.

Prerequisites: Must be a high school senior to enroll. TB clearance and proof of Hepatitis B vaccination required prior to lab activities.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Introduction and orientation
  • The dental industry
  • Workplace safety
  • Intro to operatory equipment
  • Pre-clinical
  • Introduction to the dental health profession
  • Anesthesia Administration
  • Laboratory skills
  • Sterilization and disinfection
  • Identification and use of dental instruments
  • Clinical
  • Assisting in dental specialties
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Dental office emergencies
  • Business communications
  • Employment literacy
  • Personal skills related to employment
  • Interpersonal skills and group dynamics
  • Thinking and problem solving skills
  • Communication skills


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO)

Upon successful completion, Coastline ROP students will:

  • Integrate Academic and Technical Skills
  • Practice Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Communicate and Collaborate with Diverse Audiences
  • Demonstrate Creativity and Innovation
  • Act as Responsible, Ethical Citizens
  • Develop Personal, Educational and Career Goals

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