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D A 50 ORIENTATION TO DENTAL ASSISTING2.5 Units
Preview of dental practice, including specialties, history, professional and legal responsibilities and the role of the dental auxiliary; dental forms, record keeping, patient communication and office personnel relations. This course is intended for students who have completed an application for the dental assisting program and received notice by the program director of acceptance.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2.5 hours lecture. (30 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 51A INTRODUCTION TO CHAIRSIDE DENTAL ASSISTING8 Units
Introduction to chairside assisting; use and care of dental equipment, patient management, instrument identification; overview of common dental procedures such as composite, amalgam, partials, dentures, root canals, crown and bridge appointments; manipulation of dental materials commonly prepared or used by the dental assistant including temporary dressings, impression materials, cement bases and liners, topical agents, composites, resins and amalgams. Completion of this course is required to be eligible for the Certificate for Dental Assisting. Completion of this course required for the A.S. degree in Dental Assisting and the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 11 hours laboratory, 4 hours clinic. (228 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 51B INTERMEDIATE CLINICAL DENTAL ASSISTING2 Units
Periodontal and oral surgery procedures, equipment, and instruments. Registered Dental Assistant orthodontic function. Fabrication of bleaching splints.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1.5 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory. (42 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 51C ADVANCED DENTAL ASSISTING SKILLS3.5 Units
Continuation of techniques introduced in D A 51A and 51B to include pulp vitality testing, fluoride administration, intraoral/extraoral exam, polishing removable partial and full dentures, dental implants, and pedodontic procedures. Theory and practice of coronal polishing. Completion of this course required for the A.S. degree in Dental Assisting and the Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2.5 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory. (78 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 53A INTRODUCTION TO RADIOGRAPHY I3 Units
Introduction to dental radiology for dental assisting students. Emphasis on production, characteristics, biologic effects, radiation safety and protection. Introduction to intraoral long-cone radiographic techniques, film processing and mounting. This course is intended for students enrolled in the dental assisting program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 53B DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY II2 Units
Intraoral radiographic technique continued with evaluation of film quality, recognition of landmarks,and film errors. Bitewing radiography is emphasized. Introduction to digital panoramic radiographs and identification of radiolucent and radiopaque landmarks of the head and neck. Intended for students enrolled in the dental assisting program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 53C DENTAL RADIOGRAPHY III1 Unit
Continuation of DA 53B. Intraoral technique and film evaluation skills practiced on mannequins and performed on patients. Emphasis on endodontic, occlusal distal-oblique and digital radiographs. Intended for dental assisting students.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 56 DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION1 Unit
Principles of patient motivation and education; etiology, process and prevention of dental decay and periodontal disease; design and management of a plaque control program, brushing, flossing, adjunctive aids; dietary counseling for caries risk.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 57 OFFICE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES2 Units
Overview of psychological or common medical problems which could lead to an emergency situation in a dental office. Emphasis placed on prevention, management, and legal issues of an emergency response.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 58 SPECIALITY PRACTICE PROCEDURES1 Unit
Familiarization with the scope of practice in both general and specialty dental office settings. The emphasis of this survey class will be on the role of the auxiliary personnel in each of the different types of dental practices. Intended for students admitted into the dental assisting program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 60A DENTAL OFFICE BUSINESS PRACTICES I2 Units
Introduction to appointment management, telephone techniques, communication and patient management, dental and office records management; written correspondence, treatment plan and case presentation; accounts receivables.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 60B DENTAL OFFICE BUSINESS PRACTICES II3 Units
Introduction to purchasing, inventory and cost control; banking, payroll and tax procedures; resume writing and interviewing techniques. Includes billing procedures, collection of accounts, treatment plans and case presentations, dental insurance procedures. Instruction in both manual and computer applications.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 62A DENTAL SCIENCES I2 Units
Discussion of anatomy and morphology of the teeth, the eruption sequence and process; normal occlusion, development and class of malocclusions; anatomy of the skull, arteries and veins, musculature and nervous structures of the head and neck.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 62B DENTAL SCIENCES II2 Units
An overview of the embryologic development of the structures and tissues of the head, neck, teeth and oral cavity, histology of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Developmental and structural defects involving the oral cavity and the teeth. Periodontal diseases, caries process and oral pathology.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 62C DENTAL SCIENCES III2 Units
Microbiologic and nutritional conditions related to dentistry; etiology, symptoms, transmission and control of infective and contagious diseases, nutritional physiology, and counseling, effect of nutrition on general dental health. Pharmacology of local anesthetic solutions, analgesic gases, and psychosedatives, and antibiotic agents. Use of nitrous oxide equipment.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 63 SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS1 Unit
Discussion and development of techniques and/or equipment needed to meet the needs of special patient populations.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 71 INFECTION CONTROL & HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT1.5 Units
Introduction to infectious diseases important to dentistry. Instruction on disinfection, instrument decontamination, sterilization procedures and tray set-up preparation. Regulatory compliance agencies such as OSHA, CDC and ADA recommendations. Hazardous materials management and waste management. Protocols and emergency procedures for hazardous and biohazardous waste or materials.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1.5 hours lecture. (18 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 73 DENTAL ASSISTING SUPERVISED CLINIC2 Units
Continuation of techniques introduced in D A 51A; supervised clinical experience in externship environment, chairside dental assisting in general practice and specialty clinics at the UCSF School of Dentistry.
Prerequisite: D A 51A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
17 hours clinic. (204 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 74 DENTAL ASSISTING CLINICAL PRACTICE2 Units
Continuation of techniques introduced in DA 51A, 51B and 73; supervised clinical experience in externship environment; advanced and specialty chair side procedures.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
17 hours clinic. (204 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 85 RDA REVIEW2 Units
Fabrication, seating, temporary cementation and removal of excess cement for temporary crowns. Information necessary for completion of requirements for national certification and Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) licensure in the State of California. Review of chairside dental assisting procedures to prepare for written and practical examinations.
Prerequisites: D A 51A & 51B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
D A 88 PIT & FISSURE SEALANTS1.5 Units
Theory and practice for placement of sealants by the Registered Dental Assistant to prevent decay in the pit and fissure areas of the dentition.
Prerequisite: Admission to Dental Assisting Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 2 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 


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