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CCOG for DA 117 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
DA 117
Course Title:
Infection Control
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Course Description

Covers the essential elements and implementation of infection control and occupational safety in a dental healthcare setting. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the Dental Assisting program.

Addendum to Course Description

Includes microbiology, infection control, occupational safety, disease transmission, standard/universal precautions, personal protection, sterilization and disinfection principles, instrument processing, CDC guidelines, OSHA bloodborne pathogen standard, hazard communication, dental unit water lines, and medical waste disposal.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Identify viral and bacterial diseases and follow proper infection control practices for dental personnel and the dental patient.

  2. Explain the modes of disease transmission and the steps necessary to break the chain of infection.

  3. Differentiate between disinfection and sterilization and when each technique is utilized in the dental office.

  4. Identify the roles of the CDC’s Infection Control Guidelines and OSHA’s Occupational Exposure to Blood-borne Pathogen Standard and the their impact in an oral healthcare setting.

  5. Explain waste management in the dental office and follow proper procedures in handling and disposal of multiple types of dental waste.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Complete textbook and classroom assignments
  • Demonstrate understanding though the completion of quizzes, a mid-term, and a final examination

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Infection control

  • Occupational Safety

  • Disease transmission


  • Viral/Bacterial Diseases

  • Immunizations/Vaccines

  • Infection control

  • Occupational safety

  • Disease transmission

  • Hand washing

  • Chain of infection

  • Standard/Universal Precautions

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Centers for Disease Control

  • OSHA

  • Sterilization/Disinfection Techniques

  • Instrument processing

  • Hazard communication

  • Dental unit water lines

  • Medical Waste Disposal

  • Record keeping

  • Work place controls

  • Engineering controls


  • Time management

  • Organization

Competencies and Skills:

  • Identify viral and bacterial diseases most the dental field (CO1)

  • Properly don and remove personal protective equipment (CO1)

  • Explain the modes of disease transmission (CO2)

  • Wash hand properly before gloving (CO2)

  • Differentiate between disinfection and sterilization and identify when each would be utilized (CO3)

  • Identify the roles of the CDC and OSHA (CO4)

  • Identify proper waste management in the dental office based on the waste being disposed (CO5)