Dental Assisting (DA)

DA 143. Chairside Assisting: Operative Dentistry. 2 Credit Hours.

This course provides the basic principles and theory of common restorative dental procedures. Emphasis is placed on instrumentation and materials preparation and use, and the assistant's role in chairside restorative procedures.
Corequisite: DA 164.
Prerequisites: DA 144 and DA 151, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 144. Preclinical Practice. 1 Credit Hour.

This preclinical course gives the student an opportunity to apply knowledge and practice basic dental assisting skills and clinical support functions in the laboratory setting. Additional lab hours required.
Corequisites: DA 149, DA 150, DA 151 and DA 159.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 149. Dental Terminology. 1 Credit Hour.

An introduction to the structure and function of teeth and oral cavity components. Additional topics include dental charting and restorative terms.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 150. Infection Control in Dentistry. 1 Credit Hour.

This course will cover the process of disease transmission, methods and agents for sterilization and disinfection, universal precautions, and means of protection for the dental team and patient.
Corequisite: DA 144.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 151. Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting. 2 Credit Hours.

This course introduces the student to patient and treatment room preparation, data collection, four-handed dentistry techniques common to all dental procedures, and recognition and management of medical emergencies.
Corequisite: DA 144.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 157. Dental Radiology. 2 Credit Hours.

This course will cover radiation production, safety and protection, exposure and processing procedures, and quality assessment of radiographs. Lab emphasis placed on developing proficiency in intraoral exposure techniques. Additional lab hours required.
Corequisite: DA 164.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 159. Dental Office Procedures. 1 Credit Hour.

An introduction to procedures associated with the business aspects of the dental office that include scheduling appointments, telephone and written correspondence, and records management.
Corequisite: DA 144.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 161. Dental Assisting Practicum. 2 Credit Hours.

This course introduces the student to the dental office and provides an opportunity for the application of basic dental assisting skills and clinical support functions. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: DA 144, DA 164, and current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 162. Dental Systems Management. 1 Credit Hour.

An introduction to the use and application of dental office computer software for data entry and records management. The student will learn how to use dental software and will explore its utilization potential in the modern dental office.
Prerequisites: DA 159 and current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 164. Clinical Applications I. 2 Credit Hours.

Theoretical knowledge is applied in the clinical lab setting. Emphasis is on developing skill in assisting with restorative procedures and manipulating dental materials. Additional lab hours required.
Corequisites: DA 143, DA 157 and DA 165.
Prerequisites: DA 144, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 165. Dental Materials. 1 Credit Hour.

This course presents the basic physical properties and technical aspects of materials used in restorative and laboratory procedures with emphasis on restorative materials, dental cements, gypsum products, and impression materials.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 166. Dental Lab Procedures. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a continued study of dental materials, focusing on those materials used in the fabrication of appliances and prostheses. Lab sessions give the student an opportunity to develop skill in manipulation of material and use of lab equipment. Additional lab hours required.
Corequisite: DA 174.
Prerequisites: DA 164, DA 165, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 167. Dental Radiology II. 1 Credit Hour.

A study of the principles of extraoral radiography, variations in intraoral radiographic procedures, physical properties and biological effects of radiation, and the appearance of normal anatomical structures and pathological conditions.
Corequisite: DA 174.
Prerequisites: DA 157, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 168. Integrated Dental Sciences. 2 Credit Hours.

A study of basic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on structures of the head, neck, and oral cavity. Dental anatomy, oral embryology and histology, oral pathology, and pharmacology are also covered in this course.
Prerequisites: DA 149, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 169. Preventive Dental Health. 2 Credit Hours.

A study of the principles of preventive dentistry in terms of oral health maintenance and nutrition. This course emphasizes the dental assistant's role in dental health teaching, patient motivation, and preventive intraoral procedures.
Corequisite: DA 174.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 172. Dental Practice Management. 1 Credit Hour.

A study of principles and procedures related to the daily operation and management of the dental office. Additional topics include resume preparation and interviewing skills, discussion of legal and ethical issues, and interpersonal work relations.
Prerequisites: DA 159, DA 162, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 173. Chairside Assisting: Dental Specialties. 2 Credit Hours.

This course covers the scope and function of the dental specialties, as well as terminology, instrumentation, and treatment procedures unique to each specialty. Emphasis is placed on the assistant's role in chairside procedures and patient teaching.
Corequisite: DA 174.
Prerequisites: DA 151, DA 161, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 174. Clinical Applications II. 2 Credit Hours.

The student continues to assimilate and apply theoretical knowledge through practice and demonstration of proficiency in the clinical lab setting. Emphasis on dental specialty procedures, dental health education, dental lab procedures, and special radiographic techniques.
Corequisites: DA 166, DA 167, DA 168, DA 169, DA 172 and DA 173.
Prerequisites: DA 161, DA 164, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 175. Dental Assisting Practicum II. 2 Credit Hours.

A continuation of practical experience in the general or specialty dental office. The student will acquire new skills and increase proficiency in four handed dentistry techniques, lab procedures, and clinical support functions. Additional hours required.
Corequisite: DA 174.
Prerequisites: DA 161, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 176. Dental Assisting Practicum III. 2 Credit Hours.

The student will assume the role and responsibilities of the dental assistant as an integral member of the dental team during this final phase of clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on the application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in performing advanced dental assisting procedures and clinical support functions. Additional hours required.
Corequisite: DA 174.
Prerequisites: DA 161, DA 175, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.

DA 201. Expanded Functions I. 1 Credit Hour.

Techniques and concepts of restorative and preventive expanded function procedures delegated to dental assistants in the state of Missouri as specified in the rules and regulations set forth in the Missouri Dental Practice Act. Procedures include placing restorations and dressings, sizing stainless steel crowns, and use of the air polisher. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program or department approval and Reading Proficiency.

DA 202. Expanded Functions II. 1 Credit Hour.

Techniques and concepts of prosthodontic expanded function procedure delegated to dental assistants in the state of Missouri as specified in the rules and regulations set forth in the Missouri Dental Practice Act. Procedures include placing retraction cord, making impressions for fixed and removable prostheses, extra-oral adjustment of prostheses, cementation of permanent appliances or prostheses, and placement of temporary soft liners. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program or department approval and Reading Proficiency.

DA 203. Expanded Functions III. 1 Credit Hour.

Techniques and concepts of orthodontic expanded function procedures delegated to dental assistants in the state of Missouri as specified in the rules and regulations set forth in the Missouri Dental Practice Act. Procedures include preliminary bending of archwires, placement and cementation of bands and brackets, removal of orthodontic bands and brackets, palliative care of orthodontic emergencies. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program or department approval and Reading Proficiency.

DA 204. Expanded Functions IV. 1 Credit Hour.

Expanded Functions IV will address techniques and concepts of restorative procedures delegated to dental assistants in the state of Missouri as specified in the rules and regulations set forth in the Missouri Practice Act. Procedures include placing, carving, and finishing Class I, II, III, IV, V and VI restorations.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.