Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DA 115
Course Title:
Clinical Procedures Lab III
Credit Hours:
5
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
150
Special Fee:
$18.00

Course Description

Covers advanced clinical training and practical experience in clinical dental assisting duties and responsibilities. Continues exploration and application of dental specialties. Includes chairside dental assisting procedures in both the PCC Dental Clinic and in a dental office externship. Prerequisites/concurrent: DA 114, DA 119, DA 125, DA 135, and DA 152.

Addendum to Course Description

Clinical emphasis in pediatric dentistry, removable prosthodontic cleaning and home care instructions, delivery of bleaching trays, and fabrication of a provisional crown chairside. The externship will enable students to work in a clinic applying the principles and practices learned in the classroom. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Perform, at an advanced level (employment entry), dental assisting chairside duties while utilizing safe methods and demonstrating professionalism.
  2. Follow the procedural steps and identify armamentarium.
  3. Follow post-operative instructions for various dental procedures and specialty treatments.
  4. Follow the procedural steps and recognize armamentarium and instrumentation needed for temporary crown fabrication chairside.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcomes Assessment Strategies:

  • Complete weekly clinic worksheets and assignments.
  • Complete quizzes
  • Complete practice chart assignments and exercises
  • Complete 240 hours in dental office externship
  • Complete skill evaluations from externship.
  • Complete journal entries from externship. 
  • Complete clinic competencies
  • Service Learning project 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:

  • Dental Assisting Clinical Duties
  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Teamwork

Concepts:

  • Cerec 
  • Independent, direct patient care
  • Stainless steel crowns
  • Removeable prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic home care instructions 
  • Provisional crown 

Issues: 

  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Self Direction
  • Safety
  • Critical Thinking

Skills:

  • Identify the basic skills needed to fabricate a dental prosthesis using Cerec 
  • Anticipate the needs of the operator while assisting chairside
  • Correctly mix, load, and seat an alginate impression tray
  • Chart restorations from the patients radiographs
  • Document exam findings, health history updates, vital signs, and services rendered 
  • Educate patients regarding removable appliance home care instructions 
  • Perform four-handed procedures with increased efficiency
  • Seat a stainless steel crown 
  • Fabricate a provisional crown chairside 

Related Instruction

Communication
Hours: 20

  • Perform, at an advanced level (employment entry), dental assisting chairside duties while utilizing safe methods and demonstrating professionalism.
  • Follow the procedural steps and identify armamentarium.
  • Follow post-operative instructions for various dental procedures and specialty treatments.

  • Utilize the skill evaluations completed by the externship dental office to improve student skills and professionalism. 
  • Practice giving patient instruction regarding denture maintenance and cleaning.