Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
DA 142
Course Title:
Integrated Basic Science III
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Course Description

Covers specialized study of the structures of the head and neck with emphasis on the oral cavity including study of Oral Pathology. Successful completion of DA 140A and DA 140B or other accepted college level Anatomy and Physiology Course. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Use knowledge of basic head/neck anatomy and developmental processes to assist in the assessment of patients health information prior to dental treatment.

Recognize common oral pathological conditions.

Course Activities and Design


Audio Visual Aids

Demonstrations as appropriate

Desire 2 Learn and Internet Augmentation

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Midterm
  • Final
  • Attendance
  • Professionalism
  • Journal Reflections

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Describe the basic structure and function of the nervous system as it relates to the administration of dental anesthetic in the dental office.
  2. Locate and identify the major bones of the head and face.
  3. Describe the relationship of bone structure and composition to dental conditions such as malocclusion.
  4. Describe the muscles of facial expression and mastication and explain the actions of each.
  5. Identify the tempero-mandibular joint and describe its function.
  6. List the major salivary glands and describe the consequences of dysfunction.
  7. Describe the histological and anatomical features of the tongue and explain the process of deglutition.
  8. Trace the blood flow from the heart to the oro-facial structures identifying major blood vessels.
  9. Describe, at an introductory level, the embryonic development of the human fetus with emphasis on the oro-facial structures.
  10. Describe a variety of common developmental disorders affecting the oro-facial structures.
  11. Describe Oral Pathology as it relates to:
    1. definition of
    2. modes of disease transmission
    3. direct and indirect contact
    4. stages of disease as seen in the mouth
    5. types of infection
    6. four cardinal signs of inflammation
    7. vectors
  12. Describe the diseases that manifest in the mouth:
    1. ANUG
    2. Fungal infection
    3. Normal Immune system disturbance
    4. HIV
    5. Caries
    6. Common Cold
    7. Influenza
    8. Allergies
    9. Cancer
    10. Hematoma
    11. Pustule
    12. Abscess
    13. Cyst
    14. West Nile
    15. Strep Throat
    16. Black Hairy Tongue