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DAE 159 - Introduction to Health Care for Dental Assisting

2 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Basic skills essential to working successfully with patients and co-workers in dental offices and clinics, as a member of the dental health team. Includes study skills, psychology, vital signs, communication in the dental environment, job entry skills, research, and oral speech projects.

Corequisite(s): DAE 160 , DAE 161 , DAE 162 , DAE 162LB , DAE 163 , DAE 163LC , DAE 164 , DAE 164LB , DAE 165 , DAE 165LC  
Information: Consent of program coordinator is required before enrolling in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required to systematically collect diagnostic data.
  2. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of business office procedures.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and skills required to manage infection hazard control protocol consistent with published professional guidelines.
  4. Define and explain state and federal dental laws and regulations.

  1. Study Skills and Psychology
    1. College study skills
      1. Reading skills/note taking
      2. Learning styles
      3. Learning skills
      4. Library – computer lab orientations/skills
      5. Critical thinking
    2. Psychology of human behavior
      1. Goal setting/Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
      2. Stress and stress management
      3. Patient fear of dentistry
      4. Concepts of wellness
      5. Effects of health and disease
  2. Vital Signs
    1. Temperature
    2. Pulse
    3. Respiration
    4. Blood pressure
  3. Communication in the Dental Environment
    1. Teamwork and office communication
    2. Verbal and non-verbal communication
    3. Listening skills
    4. The handicapped patient
    5. The elderly patient
    6. The child and adolescent patient
  4. Job Entry Skills
    1. The job search
      1. Job application
      2. Resume and cover letter
    2. The Job interview
      1. Role playing
      2. Working interview
  5. Research and Oral Speech Projects
    1. Research paper
      1. Access networked resources
      2. Use library/periodicals
    2. Oral presentation to class
      1. Group dynamics
      2. Critiques

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2017/18

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