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Catalog 2017-18

Dental Assistant


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Program Description


Dental Assistants work in dental offices assisting dentists in providing services to patients. The majority of the work is performed for procedures that include development of impressions, assisting with treatment such as fillings and root canals, and preparation of patient operatory. They may assist in reception and scheduling duties, sterilization of instruments, and exposing radiographs. Hours are generally standard daytime with some evening and weekend flexibility depending on the facility.

Program Outcomes


Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).  Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate as required to sit for the oral radiography certification. Students will be eligible to take the radiography certification exam, and prepared to gain an entry level dental assistant position. Upon employment students may complete advanced training by enrolling in the Maryland General Expanded Functions course.  

Certifying Organization:

Dental Assistant National Board (DANB)

www.danb.org

Financial Aid and Payment Options


  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length


16-20 weeks

Dental courses are offered at CCBC Dundalk and CCBC Randallstown.

Program Requirements


Orientation Session - Mandatory:

Students are required to attend an orientation session prior to registering for classes.  Orientations are scheduled for June 22nd, and August 3rd (Dundalk), and September 11, 2017 (Randallstown) at 6:00 pm.  For additional information, please call Carole Parlett at 443-840-1887.

 

Requirements:

High School Diploma or GED

All students must be computer literate and have Internet access. Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and urine drug testing. Cost of the test is the responsibility of the student.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to the start of clinical:

  • Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old
  • Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form
  • Tetanus shot (less than ten years)
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Current flu vaccination
  • Background check

Application Process


Provisional Entry: Students must attend a mandatory orientation session prior to registration.

Program Course Sequence


HIPAA Training, CPR (For Health Care Providers) REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted.  Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

 

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)**

Prerequisites:

AHL 140

Essential Skills for the Healthcare Professional

20 

$179.

T-$90/F-$89

Handouts online

AHE 805

CPR for Healthcare Providers

7

$109

T-$52/F-$57

Textbook provided on the first day of class; price included in course costs.

AHC 360

 

or

AHL 719

HIPAA Training

 

or

HIPAA Training Online

4

$89

T-$21/F-$68

Or

$109

T-$21/F-$88

Handouts online

Prerequisite Totals:

31

$377-$397

T-$163

F-$214-$234

$0

Course Series: 

AHL 131

 

EHR for Health Care Workers

$99

T-$39/F-$60

No Textbook Required

AHL 938

Dental Assistant Oral Radiography

90

$ 2089

T-$990/F-$1099

1. Torres & Ehrilich Modern Dental Assisting (Bundle); 12th Edition; ISBN 978-0-323-49588   ; $229.95; and

2. Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques; published by Elsevier; 5th Edition; ISBN 032397420; $92.75

Course Series Totals:

96

$2188

T-$1029/F-$1159

$322.70

Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:

127

$2565 - $2585

T-$1192

F-$1373 -1393

$322.70

 

Additional Information


Course Substitutions:

HIPAA AHC 360 can be substituted with:  AHL 719 or AHC 356

 

Additional Expenses:

Expenses beyond the cost of tuition, fees, and books include screenings noted above, medical testing, scrubs and miscellaneous supplies—approximately $750.

 

Skills for Success:

See Technical Standards at the end of this document.

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Program Contact Information


Coordinator:

Beverly Davidson

bdavidson2@ccbcmd.edu

443-840-2773

Randallstown

Administrative Assistant:

Carole Parlett

cparlett@ccbcmd.edu

443-840-1887

Essex, HTEC 001

Technical Standards


Technical Standards for CCBC’S Dental Assistant Training Series
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Dental Assistant Training Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position as a chair side dental assistant in a dental office.  The duties of a dental assistant require the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time, in sometimes awkward positions, while constantly being focused on the task at hand. Dental assistants need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to work accurately and quickly. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital. Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:
A.    Sufficient strength and mobility to: 

  •     Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements
  •     Keep hand and arm steady while performing a task with the other hand and arm.

B.    Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:

  •     Handle delicate instruments with precision
  •     Safely handle sharp instruments 
  •     Handle instruments and equipment that may be costly to replace if damaged
  •     Quickly and precisely adjust controls on equipment
  •     Perform basic repairs to instrumentation 
  •     Clean and assemble instrumentation

C.    Adequate vision to:

  •     Read and interpret digital or traditional radiographs
  •     Adequate distinction of colors to read and interpret sterilization indicators 
  •     Read instruction sheets and computer screen   

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A.    Have the ability to: 

  •     Work in a professional manner under sometimes stressful situations
  •     Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
  •     Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, instrumentation, and procedures
  •     Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
  •     Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  •     Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  •     Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  •     Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession, 
  •     Maintain a conscience/professional morality in the application of infection control techniques
  •     Willingness to precept (train) others 

B.    Sufficient communication skills to:

  •     Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  •     Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  •     Follow proper channels of communication 
  •     Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  •     Communicate clearly and effectively to any team members regarding issues that may be difficult to address (i.e. problem with machinery that could affect sterilization; admission of own errors, etc.)

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  •     Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  •     Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  •     Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand 
  •     Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials 
  •     Accept feedback from others 

Environment Requirements:
A.    The dental assisting profession involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:

  •     Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  •     Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning agents and chemicals and blood-borne pathogens
  •     Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  •     Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  •     Submitting to periodic drug screening

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