Course Descriptions

Dental Assistant, AAS

DAS 113 Dental Materials I 4 Cr Hrs

Covers identification of materials used in general dentistry; physical and chemical properties, functions and classifications. Includes principles of safety and aseptic technique involved in working with materials and equipment. Laboratory practice with impression materials, gypsum products, dental cements, waxes, resins and restorative materials. Prerequisite: Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy & Physiology, and CPR001 CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS114 Dental Radiology I, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS120 Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS149 Infection Control in Dental Science.

 

DAS 114 Dental Radiology I 3 Cr Hrs

Fundamental concepts to acquire and utilize diagnostic intraoral radiographic equipment, radiographic characteristics and anatomy, mounting of radiographs, radiographic processing, safety relating and legal issues relating to dental radiographs.  Course includes certification in the use of the NOMAD PRO, use of digital and traditional radiographic technology, and introduction to extraoral techniques. Prerequisite:  Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy & Physiology, and CPR001 CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS113 Dental Materials I, DAS1119 Dental Anatomy, DAS120 Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS149 Infection control in Dental Practice. 

 

DAS 119 Dental Anatomy 2 Cr Hrs

Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of tooth and oral anatomy, head and neck and the terminology necessary for more advanced skills and for a successful career in dentistry. Prerequisite:  Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology and CPR 001, CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS113 Dental Materials I, DAS114 Dental Radiology I, DAS120 Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. 

DAS 120 Dental Science 2 Cr Hrs

Students are provided with knowledge and basic dental pharmacology, management of dental and medical emergencies found in a dental setting.  Students are expected to recognize signs and symptoms of specific emergencies to assist in the delivery of the suggested treatment.  In addition, the student will discuss nitrous oxide and its administration. The student must complete a written examination on medical emergencies and administrating/monitoring of nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia with a proficiency of 75% or better and demonstrate administration and monitoring of nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia with a proficiency of 85% or better in order to obtain the certification in administrating/monitoring of nitrous-oxygen analgesia. Prerequisite:  Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology and CPR 001 CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS113 Dental Materials I, DAS114 Dental Radiology I, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. 

DAS 122 Chairside Assisting I 4 Cr Hrs

Introduction to the dental health profession and dental assisting.  Provides students with knowledge of performing extraoral/intraoral examination, prevention dentistry, dental assisting with direct and indirect restorations (basic and restorative instruments, moisture control, matrix system) and pediatric dentistry. Prerequisite:  Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology and CPR 001 CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS113 Dental Materials I, DAS114 Dental Radiology I, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS120  Dental Science, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice.

DAS 140 Chairside Assisting II 2 Cr Hrs

Continuation of DAS122 Chairside Assisting I. This course will provide a foundation for assisting in the dental specialties of oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics,and removable prosthodontics, periodontics,  orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, and pediatric dentistry.  Procedures, instruments and materials involved in these areas will be studied. Prerequisite:  Minimum of ‘C’ or better in DAS113  Dental Materials, DAS114 Dental Radiology 1, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. Concurrent enrollment in DAS146 Dental Radiology, DAS148 Dental Materials II, and DAS150 Clinical Experience. 

DAS 146 Dental Radiology II 1 Cr Hrs

Continuation of Radiology I with more intensive experience in exposing, processing and mounting intraoral films using the DXTTR manikin and patients. Students will be closely supervised and an evaluation will be made of each completed survey. Radiographic safety and infection control procedures are emphasized. Prerequisite: Minimum of ‘C’ or better in DAS 113  Dental Materials, DAS114 Dental Radiology 1, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting 1, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. Concurrent enrollment in DAS140 Chairside Assisting II, DAS148 Dental Materials II, and DAS150 Clinical Experience. 

DAS 147 Dental Practice Management 3 Cr Hrs

This course will provide instruction in additonal business office procedures with an introduction to computer and dental software, business ethics and jurisprudence, business oral and written communications, inventory systems and supply ordering, maintenance and retention of business records, management of patient information, financial and recall systems. Prerequisite: Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology and CPR 001 CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS113 Dental Materials I, DAS114 Dental Radiology I, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS120 Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Asssiting I, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. 

DAS 148 Dental Materials II 1 Cr Hrs

This course is a continuation of DAS113 Dental Materials I and includes identification of materials used in general dentistry and dental laboratory procedures. Proper manipulation of materials, their uses and correct storage are practiced. Study various laboratory procedures including manipulation of waxes, polishing and cleansing of a removable prosthesis, manipulation and use of acrylic and thermoplastics. Prerequisite: Minimum of ‘C’ or better in DAS113 Dental Materials, DAS114 Dental Radiology I,  DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. Concurrent enrollment in DAS140 Chairside Assisting II, DAS146 Dental Radiology, and DAS150 Clinical Experience. 

DAS 149 Infection Control for Dental Practice 2 Cr Hrs

Introductory principles of microbiology: classification and characteristics of microbes with primary consideration to pathogenic microorganisms, causes of disease, transmission of infectious diseases, immune response, universal precautions, handling of hazardous materials and infection control techniques according to OHSA and ADA guidelines. Prerequisite: Satisfactory course placement assessment scores and completion of BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology and CPR for Healthcare Providers, or concurrent enrollment in DAS113 Dental Materials I, DAS114 Dental Radiology I, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS120 Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, and DAS147 Dental Practice Management.               

DAS 150 Clinical Experience 7 Cr Hrs

This course gives students the opportunity to apply and practice the principles and procedures studied in the formal academic program. In private practice dental offices (both general practice and specialty offices), government clinics and public health facilities, students demonstrate the principles of chairside assisting, dental laboratory procedures and dental office procedures. Students will be assigned to two clinical rotations, one of which will be a general practice office. Prerequisite:  Minimum of ‘C’ or better in DAS113 Dental Radiology I, DAS119 Dental Anatomy, DAS120 Dental Science, DAS122 Chairside Assisting I, DAS147 Dental Practice Management, and DAS 149 Infection Control in Dental Practice. Concurrent enrollment in DAS140 Chairside Assisting II, DAS146 Dental Radiology, and DAS 148 Dental Materials II. 

DAS 215 Supragingival Scaling 5 Cr Hrs

This is a course approved by the Kansas Dental Board, designed for experienced dental assistants to expand their skills in preventive dentistry with didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in supragingival scaling and polishing. Includes review of dental anatomy and terminology, radiography and infection control, as well as didactic instruction in nutrition, periodontal disease, dental caries, oral hygiene instruction, topical fluoride, principles of instrumentation, communication skills and risk management.    Prerequisite:  Graduate of an accredited dental assistant program and CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and six months of experience as a dental assistant or three years employment as a dental assistant within the last five years or departmental consent or satisfactory course placement assessment

CPR 001 CPR for Healthcare Providers 1 Cr Hr

Designed for practitioners whose primary work environment is in a clinical setting or those providing direct patient care. This is the most comprehensive credential, and it is often a Prerequisite for advanced training courses. Suggested participants include: physicians, dentists, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, medical or nursing assistants and other allied health professionals.

CED 115 Computer Applications 3 Cr Hrs

Develops students’ computer literacy and meets the needs of students in associate degree programs. Students learn from hands-on experiences basic skills in file management utilities, word processing, spreadsheets, database management and graphical presentations in the Windows environment. Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to complete a self-assessment to determine skill set prior to enrolling in this course.

ENG 101 Composition I 3 Cr Hrs

This course is designed to improve the reading and writing skills of students. The emphasis is on fundamental principles of written English in structurally correct sentences, paragraphs and expository themes. Critical analysis of essays will be used to aid in developing the student’s thinking, support of thesis and style. Students are introduced to the basic components of research by writing a documented essay in Modern Language Association (MLA) style. Prerequisite:  EBS110 English with a minimum grade of “C” or better or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

MTH 112 College Algebra 3 Cr Hrs

This course is an introduction of algebraic functions and some transcendental functions with application in business and life, natural and social sciences. Topics include solving equations, zeros, rational functions, matrices, exponentials and logarithms and systems. Additional topics are included as time permits. Students must furnish their own TI-83 or TI-83 PLUS graphing calculators. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of “C” or better in MTH 101 Intermediate Algebra or satisfactory course placement assessment scores

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Cr Hrs

A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior as it applies to daily living. Course includes history, basic theories and biological bases of behavior, development, cognitive processes, individual awareness, motivation, emotion, personal adjustment, social psychology, and abnormal psychology and therapies.

BIO 150 Human Anatomy and Physiology 5 Cr Hrs

A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Laboratory work includes tissue examination, basic physiological experiments and structural identification of all organ systems. Prerequisite:  The student must complete one of the following, BIO 110 Principles of Biology, BIO 100 Biology Review, or successful completion of a life science lab class within the past five years.  If student has taken a lab science class more than 5 years, the student will be required to enroll in BIO100 Biology Review

ALH 101 Medical Terminology 3 Cr Hrs

Presents basic principles of medical word-building. The study develops competencies in the basic elements forming medical words, categorizing major suffixes and group prefixes. Anatomical, physiological and pathological terms are reviewed so students better understand special medical procedures. This is the introductory course in medical terminology and is intended for all who desire knowledge in this subject.

ALH 131 Diseases, Disorders and Diagnostic Procedures 2 Cr Hrs

Focuses on diseases and disorders by body systems that are frequently diagnosed and treated in the medical office setting. Performance of electrocardiographic and pulmonary function procedures is covered with return demonstration required. Prerequisite: BIO100 Biology Review or equivalent and minimum grade of “C” or better in BIO150 Human Anatomy and Physiology

SPH 101 Public Speaking 3 Cr Hrs

Fundamental basic to all good private and public speaking experiences; elements in voice production and improvement, bodily movement, confidence, poise, understanding of all types of public speeches. Required of all transfer curricula.

SPH 111 Interpersonal Communication 3 Cr Hrs

Improves individual communication skills. By understanding the elements of effective communication, students are able to create environments that bring out the best in themselves and others. In addition, students learn how to better turn ideas and feelings into words, how to listen more effectively, respond more appropriately to what others have said and, most important of all, how to maintain and develop good interpersonal relationships with their families, their peers and fellow workers. Emphasis is placed on small-group activities, interviewing skills and verbal and non-verbal communication.

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