SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 4:12:39 AMDE 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2001

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  DE 50Title:  INTRO TO DENTL PROF  
Full Title:  Introduction to the Dental Profession
Last Reviewed:11/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  DNA 60

Catalog Description:
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An introduction to the roles, educational requirements, and legal responsibilities of each member of the dental health team.  Discussion of current issues facing the dental profession and the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies influencing the practice of dentistry. Overview of the career opportunities available to the registered dental assistant and dental hygienist.


Recommended Preparation:
HLC 50 or ANAT 51 and eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An introduction to the dental profession.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:HLC 50 or ANAT 51 and eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Identify the important events and persons related to the
   development of the dental profession and allied health
2.  Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, objectives and functions of
   the American Dental Assistants Assoc. and the American Dental
   Hygiene Assoc.; their relation to the American Dental Assoc; and
   roles of the Dental Assistants National Board, Dental Hygiene National
   Board, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
3.  Explain the ethical responsibilities of dental auxiliaries as outlined
   in the Code of Ethics of the ADA, ADAA, and ADHA, and also those
   provisions of the state Dental Practice Act which relate to the
   utilization of dental auxiliaries.
4.  Identify the requirements and recommendation for certification and
   membership in the American Dental Assistants Association and American
   Dental Hygiene Association.
5.  Describe the roles of dental assistants and dental hygienists and
   the provisions for their employment in all types of service.
6.  Describe the duties and educational requirements of members of the
   dental team.
7.  Identify the regulatory agencies that impact dentistry.
8.  Describe career opportunities in dentistry.
9.  Perform research specific to the discipline and use appropirate
   citation style (e.g., APA).

Topics and Scope
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1.  The Dental Profession
   A.  Members of the Dental Health Team
       1.  Dentist
       2.  Registered Dental Hygienist
       3.  Registered Dental Assistant
       4.  Dental Assistant
   B.  Educational and Licensing Requirements
       1.  Dentist
       2.  Registered Dental Hygienist
       3.  Registered Dental Assistant
       4.  Dental Assistant
   C.  Professional Organizations
       1.  American Dental Association
       2.  American Dental Hygiene Association
       3.  American Dental Assistants Association
       4.  California Board of Dentistry
       5.  Commission on Dental Accreditation
   D.  Employment Opportunities
       1.  Private practice
       2.  Government service
       3.  Educational settings
       4.  Hospitals
       5.  Sales and marketing
Introduction to discipline-specific research tools, including seminal
books, important periodicals, major indexing sources, professional or
trade organizations, standard reference tools, discipline specific tools,
and major web sites.

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Reading 4 chapters in texts.
Three written reports (2-3 pages each)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 75%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 50%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Torres, H. & Ehrlich, A. Modern Dental Assisting. 5th Ed. W.B. Saunders,
Chasteen, J. Essentials of Clinical Dental Assisting. 5th Ed. Mosby, 1996

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