Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Dental Clinic

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO DENTAL CLINIC

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    128

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    510601

 EPC:    305

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Introduction to a variety of clinical responsibilities designed to enhance competence in performing dental assisting functions. Duties include assisting a RDH with operatory set up and post-op disinfection as well as gathering information through an observation format. Gain hands-on clinical experience in front office, clinical coordination, radiographic techniques, bitewing x-ray exposure, patient management, sterilization and disinfection procedures and maintaining equipment and operatory. Emphasis on professionalism and image, attitude and demeanor, appropriate communication skills, and functioning as a team member.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 0

Lab: 44

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional demeanor, positive attitude, and appropriate communication skills in all clinic activities.
  2. Demonstrate positive interpersonal relationships with peers, staff, instructors and clinic patients.
  3. Demonstrate ability to accept constructive feedback in a positive manner.
  4. Work constructively with his/her assigned team in delivering patient care.
  5. Understand responsibilities of the dental health professional concerning professional relationships with patients, employers and the general public.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding/awareness of multi-cultural factors while providing patient care.
  7. Demonstrate compliance with all Dental Clinic, program, and state policies and procedures as they relate to conduct, attendance, preparation, patient safety, dress and communication skills.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Orientation to the Dental Clinic.
  2. Professionalism in the workplace/Dental Clinic (demeanor, attitude, etc.)
  3. Communication skills.
  4. Teamwork.
  5. Interpersonal relationships with peers, staff, clinic patients, etc.
  6. Responsibilities of the dental professional.
  7. Multi-cultural factors that impact patient care.
  8. State policies and workplace procedures required in dental clinic environment.
  9. Patient safety issues.
  10. Personal conduct, attendance, preparation, & dress as they relate to work in a dental clinic.
  11. Operatory set up and post-op sterilization & disinfection procedures.
  12. Equipment & operatory maintenance.
  13. Introduction to front office, clinical coordination, radiographic techniques, bitewing x-ray exposure, & patient management.