This program is designed to provide training so that our graduates will be equipped to obtain an entry level position in the field of dental assisting.
There will be a combination of classroom lecture and discussion followed by a clinic where the practical use of the day's work will be shown.
A lifelike mannequin and large variety of models will be available. All equipment currently available in an actual dental office will be available for demonstration and practice.
The Dental Chairside Course
Our 11-week Dental Chairside Assisting program provides 88 hours of lecture/clinic. This course covers the basic skills necessary to assist the dentist in an entry level position in the various operative procedures performed in a dental practice. This course includes the Dental Radiology course as approved by SC DHEC. On Saturday two sessions are held in the hours starting at 8 AM and ending at 5 PM with a one-hour break for lunch.
This gives the student hands-on experience in all areas of dental assisting using the treatment rooms, laboratory, x-ray facilities, and office area. Each session is divided into lecture and clinic. During the lecture portion the student views slides presented by an instructor. There is time for questions, answers, and review. The second part of the class focuses on learning and practicing skills utilizing treatment rooms, labs, and equipment.
Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of internship in a dental office. This is required to complete the course.
Course of study includes on a weekly basis
- Introduction to dental assisting, role of the dental assistant, the dental team, characteristics of a professional dental assistant, law and ethics
- Head anatomy, oral histology, tooth terminology and anatomy, SOAP, charting, classification of cavities
- Office management, communication skills, scheduling appointments, chart components, chart documentation
- HIPPA, chart documentation, insurance terminology, dental codes
- OSHA, HIV, infection control
- Isolation, rubber dam placement, 4-handed dentistry, amalgam, composites, tub and tray systems
- Preventive dentistry, sealants, oral hygiene, periodontal disease, oral prophylaxis, topical fluoride
- Study models, impression taking, pouring, trimming, bite registration
- CPR, crown and bridge, provisional crowns
- Oral surgery, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Orthodontics
- Employment skills, resumes
- Radiology safety and procedure, intraoral radiology, panorex
The Dental Front Office Administrative CourseThe Dental Front Office Administration training program seeks to open doors and help students start on a path to success while meeting the demands of dentists seeking well trained, qualified staff. This course includes:
- The Dental Profession/Orientation to the Dental Profession: Dental Basics, Dental Anatomy & Terminology
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Communication Skills and Telephone Techniques
- Records Management, Patient Clinical Records, Information Management
- Scheduling and Recall Systems, Dental Patient Scheduling, Recall Systems
- Dental Insurance Processing
- Financial Management, Financial Arrangements and Collection Procedures, Bookkeeping Procedures, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable
- Office Equipment and Inventory
- Computers in the Dental Office, study and usage of Eaglesoft Dental Software Program
- Employment Strategies