Course Outlines

EXTERNSHIP: Dental Assistant — DENT 2970

  1. Course Description
    • Credits: 7.00
    • Lecture Hours/Week: 0.00
    • Lab Hours/Week: 0.00
    • OJT Hours/Week: 0
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Corequisites: None
    • MnTC Goals: None
    This course provides the student with actual experience assisting in an off-campus clinical setting in private dental offices, group practices, or specialty dental offices. Prerequisites: Prior completion of all Dental Assisting courses or instructor approval
  2. Course Effective Dates: 2/26/98 – Present
  3. Outline of Major Content Areas
      As noted on course syllabus
  4. Learning Outcomes
    1. Perform appropriate infection control procedures
    2. Display professional dependability
    3. Perform various chairside, laboratory and office management duties in the dental office
    4. Demonstrate the ability to promote teamwork
    5. Demonstrate problem solving skills
    6. Demonstrate flexibility on the job
    7. Utilize time constructively to learn
    8. Follow HIPPA guidelines
    9. Display professional appearance
    10. Communicate effectively with patients and members of the dental health care team
    11. Assist with management of dental office emergencies
    12. Identify strategies to maximize performance
    13. Demonstrate test taking skills on mock board examinations
    14. Integrate learned theory with actual clinical practice
    15. Function as an integral member of the dental office
    16. Acquire confidence in professional ability be demonstrating consistent improvement
    17. Perfect skills in anticipating the needs of the dentist
    18. Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities
    19. Exhibit universal disease control precautions
    20. Use dental and personal ethical responses for the profession
    21. Show enthusiasm and interest in the role of the dental assistant
    22. Show empathy, respect and support to patients
    23. Seek out and request involvement in any new learning situations
    24. Retain emotional control in stressful situations
    25. Determine own clinical performance
    26. Observe and assist with chairside procedures
    27. Display excellent motivation
    28. Display patient and environment safety
    29. Display appropriate and professional behavior
    30. Display appropriate action during emergencies
    31. Research the possibilities of working in a specialty office versus a general officce
    32. Research the possible future job opportunities in either externship site
    33. Perform entry level dental assisting duties
    34. Perform receptionist duties
    35. Demonstrate decision making abilities
    36. Perform expanded functions allowed by the State Dental Practice Act as delegated by the supervising dentist
  5. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area(s) and Competencies
  6. Learner Outcomes Assessment
      As noted on course syllabus
  7. Special Information
      None noted