NORTH WEST DENTAL ASSISTING SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Prior to starting your first week, we will provide you with your textbook so you may prepare for your first week of learning. All the information in the program builds upon the last. You can expect 80 total hours of lab, lecture, equipment, material, and clinical hands-on training (plus approximately 10 hours of home-study) in a sequence of learning as follows:

Dental Theory and Terminology

  • Dental and oral anatomy, tooth numbering system
  • Instrument nomenclature and identification for all aspects of General Dentistry
  • Dental terminology
  • Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage

Sterilization Techniques

  • Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation
  • Instrument and equipment sterilization/disinfection
  • Treatment room disinfection and asepsis techniques

Impressions

  • Model  pouring
  • Trimming the model impression

Radiology


  • X-ray theory and techniques, use of Rinn
  • Intraoral, bitewing, panoramic, and endodontic exposure methods
  • Developing X-rays using the automatic processor
  • X-ray safety and precautions
  • Mounting of X-rays

Prevention


  • Diagnostics and Primary Prevention
  • Vital signs
  • Rubber dam
  • Matrix system
  • Child prophylaxis
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants

Four-handed Dentistry

  • Hand-piece care and maintenance to include burs
    • Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting and suctioning
      • Chair-side Doctor-patient-assisting positioning
        • Tub and tray systems
        Operative Dentistry

        • Use of instruments and materials
        • Topical anesthetics

        Crown & Bridge Preparation and Seat

        • Impression materials and practice in their use
        • Rubber base, Bite registration
        • Temporary cements
        • Permanent cements

        Mid-way

        • Progress Report
        • Mid-term Exam
        • Use of instruments and materials in assisting for:
          • Oral Surgery
          • Endodonitcs
          • Orthodontics
          • Periodontics

        Receptionist – Front Desk Office Management

        • Phone techniques and appointment book control
        • Filing, Billing, Insurance forms and pre-treatment estimates
        • Accounts receivable, collections
        • Computer systems

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        ob Interview Assistance

        • Proper image, dress, resume
        • How to prepare for the job interview
        • Difficult questions you may face and how to answer them
        • What to do and not do during a job interview
        • What to expect during a job interview

        Additional services in oral healthcare


        Patient Care

        Final Exam and Graduation