Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DA 114
Course Title:
Clinical Procedures III
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Course Description

Covers advanced concepts in the clinical aspect of dental assisting. Continues exploration in dental specialties. Prerequisites/concurrent: DA 115, DA 119, DA 125, DA 135, and DA 152.

Addendum to Course Description

Emphasis will be placed on pediatric and public health dentistry. Expanded knowledge in oral hygiene home care products, removable prosthodontics, and best practices management.  

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Understand the various roles and responsibilites of auxiliary personnel as they relate to dental specialties.
  2. Recognize the procedural steps, armamentarium, instrumentation, and post operative instructions for various dental specialties.
  3. Recognize the clinical steps involved (including home care instruction) in the fabrication of a removable prosthodontic.
  4. Inform patients of available oral health products and their uses.
  5. Demonstrate responsible, safe, and effective methods for the disposal of hazardous waste following best practices management. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete textbook and classroom assignments.
  • Demonstrate understanding though the completion of quizzes and a final examination. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Dental Assisting Clinical Duties
  • Professionalism
  • Communication


  • Public Health Dentistry 
  • Pediatric dentistry procedures and steps 
  • Pediatric dentistry post operative instructions 
  • Removable prosthodontics 
  • Denture/Partial home care instruction 
  • Oral health care products 
  • Oral health instruction 
  • Fluoride
  • Hazardous waste 
  • EPA 
  • Best practices management 


  • Dental Assisting Clinical Duties
  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Ethics


  • Recognize the importance of the dental assistant's role during pedodontic procedures. 
  • Recognize the importance of public health dentistry on a local and global level.
  • Identify pedodontic clinical procedures and patient cooperation techniques.
  • Verbalize removelable prosthodntic home care instruction.
  • Put in order the clinical steps involved in fabricating a removable appliance.
  • Communicate oral health care products.
  • Recognize best practices management and safe disposal methods of dental waste.
  • Recognize the impact of dental waste on the environment.
  • Oral health care prevention and education.
  • Dental health aides.