DE 190: Dental Anatomy

This course introduces students to the oral cavity and surrounding anatomical structures. Emphasis is placed on the Trigeminal Nerve, Histology and Embryology of the oral cavity and its dentition. Pathology of the oral cavity disorders is discussed as well.

DE 290: Dental Materials

This course teaches the handling of chairside materials such as dental cements, preliminary and final impressions, temporary crowns and restorations, sealants and fluoride treatments, restorative materials and pouring and trimming of stone models. The laboratory procedures involved, as well as the actual laboratory work, are included.

DE 291: Dental Instruments and Procedures

This course presents an in-depth study of the many varied hand instruments, mechanical instruments, and the various procedures used in dentistry. In addition to the equipment used, this class will include learning the techniques and steps used in many procedures. Areas covered will include the principles of four-handed dental practices, the proper transferring of instruments, the use of the high-speed evacuation system, and the use and care of dental handpieces and all other equipment. The different dental specialties will also be included.

DE 292: Chairside Assisting

This course provides in-depth information concerning patient care in the dental practice. Students are made aware of OSHA regulations concerning instrument handling and sterilization and disease transmission. Students are prepared to handle medical, as well as dental, emergencies which might arise in the dental office. Oral disease control is covered, as are dental clinical charting systems. A brief history of dentistry and assisting is included.

DE 293: Dental Radiology

This course studies X-ray techniques and practices. Students are expected to place, expose, develop, and mount two full-mouth series of radiographs. Digital and panoramic techniques are reviewed as well. Safety regulations when exposing radiographs and the history of dental radiography are discussed.

DE 294: Dental Seminar

This course summarizes previous clinical and laboratory courses allowing for additional skill development.

DE 295: Dental Office Management

This course emphasizes the written and computer management of patient charts and records, appointment scheduling, insurance forms, and billing as applicable to a dental office. Verbal and written communication are discussed, along with ethics and psychology in the dental practice. There is a review of tooth numbering systems and charting as well.

DE 299: Dental Externship/ Practicum

This course assigns advanced students to work in a dental office to receive an actual clinical experience and to expand on their dental assisting skills.