Dental Assisting I

Course Description:

Concluding their investigation of Dental Assisting 1, students will:
• Learn about the dental profession.
• Understand psychology, communication, and multicultural interaction in the dental profession.
• Learn about ethics, jurisprudence, and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.
• Learn about the importance of nutrition in dental assisting.
• Learn about general anatomy and physiology.
• Learn about head and neck anatomy.
• Learn about embryology and histology.
• Learn about tooth morphology.
• Learn about microbiology.
• Learn about infection control.
• Learn about management of hazardous materials.
• Learn about preparing for patient care.
• Learn about dental charting.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Dental Assisting I
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Dental Science
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Fuel Education LLC (formerly Aventa Learning)
Online Instructor Provided By : Fuel Education LLC (formerly Aventa Learning)
Standards Addressed : None
Academic Terms : Open Entry / Open Exit
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : Health Care Sciences
Course Identifier : Dental Science
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 1
Sequence : 1 of 3

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website : https://www.gennet.us/
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 810-591-4401

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Additional Course Information:

Concluding their investigation of Dental Assisting 1, students will:
• Learn about the dental profession.
• Understand psychology, communication, and multicultural interaction in the dental profession.
• Learn about ethics, jurisprudence, and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.
• Learn about the importance of nutrition in dental assisting.
• Learn about general anatomy and physiology.
• Learn about head and neck anatomy.
• Learn about embryology and histology.
• Learn about tooth morphology.
• Learn about microbiology.
• Learn about infection control.
• Learn about management of hazardous materials.
• Learn about preparing for patient care.
• Learn about dental charting.

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Partially Met Learning objectives are provided at the beginning of each unit (chapter). Objectives are met via reading content as well as a variety of interactive activities including quick checks and chapter tests in addition to the learning labs and study tools.
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Partially Met Alignment available for reference.
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Partially Met Opportunities to practice information literacy and communication skills are incorporated.
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met Information is available in syllabus and course overview; details clarify policies and offer suggestions for student success. An online orientation and videos are also offered (ORN010).
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met MindTap's Learning Path provides an overview of the course. A detailed syllabus, customized by the teacher at the start of each course is available in the Course Materials in D2L.
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Partially Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met Located on the home page under Teacher Contact Information and in the syllabus.
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met Academic Integrity guidelines are provided to each student in each course. The policy is located in the Course Materials section of each course. Specific academic integrity policies are developed by each school and are found in the school's policy handb
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met http://www.k12.com/privacy_policy/
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met Instructional resources are available in course materials.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Partially Met Auto-graded assignments deliver answers and some assignments also deliver explanations. Instructor resources for the course including answer keys and scoring guides for dropbox assignments are located in the Course Materials.
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Partially Met Auto-graded assignments deliver answers and some assignments also deliver explanations. Instructor resources for the course including answer keys and scoring guides for dropbox assignments are located in the Course Materials.
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met Instructor can adjust the pacing of course, alter assignments, and offer additional practice or extended learning in synchronous sessions to meet individual student needs.
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Partially Met Can be fully met when implemented at the school; local policies
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Partially Met Instructors can add content or hide or move assessment for all students, but not for individual students. Individual assessments can be modified exempting point values.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met Interaction includes synchronous sessions, office hours, and email or voice contact. Students can monitor their own progress in the online gradebook. Most schools set policies for timely responses to student communication and updates of course progress an
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met Fully met when implemented at the school; local policies
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met Teachers communicate regularly with students via email and telephone. In general, there are two exchanges per week. Students know how to contact the instructor (via phone and I email) and are encouraged to do so whenever needs arise. Teachers are required
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met Learning object repository in D2L is designed to support additional resources.
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Partially Met There are multiple different activity types offered for assessments directly on the learning path. The CNOW app allows the instructor to edit quizzing and create their own assignments using the existing question pool.
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Partially Met Instructor resources for the course include including answer keys and scoring guides for dropbox assignments.
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Partially Met Grading information docs and pacing guides are provided.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Partially Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Partially Met All embedded animations and video content meets accessibility guidelines and provides closed captioning. The reader contains ReadSpeak functionality which allows the student to have reading content read aloud to them.
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met Technology Requirements are found on the K12 website and explained during course orientation: HS: http://www.k12.com/high-school-course-list/technical-requirements.html
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Not Met Can be fully met when implemented at the school; local policies
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met IMS Global Learning Consortium-Product List for Cengage Learning
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met http://www.k12.com/ip-policy.html http://www.k12.com/copyright_policy/ http://www.k12.com/online-educational-products-services-agreement-terms.html
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Partially Met K12 encourages full compliance for WCAg 2.0 Level A and AA
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met Can be fully met when implemented at the school; local policies
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Partially Met Peer review and biannual family and student evaluations of courses are available at K12. A feedback system for families, mentors, teachers, and students helps to monitor and evaluate course effectiveness. Internal review of student success helps inform an
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Partially Met MindTap activity is assessed for improvement of new releases every 3-4 years of programs.
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Partially Met MindTap updates courses every 3-4 years.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met Teachers must meet professional teaching requirements set by the state.
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met Instructors complete comprehensive virtual training, including use of courseware and media, before the school year begins.
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met Students receive 24/7 technical support and course management through Customer Care: 866.K12CARE (866.512.2273). Instructors and School Coordinators have 24/7 support through Academic Services Helpdesk, school-based technology managers, and Operations Ma
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met Instructors participate in professional development that focus on building skills and competencies to meet the needs of students and their families. A catalog of 400+ professional development offerings for educators to choose from are available at K12trai
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met Instructors complete virtual training before the start of school and ongoing support and training, including an instructional coach and mentor (for new teachers) to help them build communication skills via multiple modalities.
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met Fully met when implemented at the school; local policies
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met Students attend an online orientation course (ORN010); they also participate in synchronous orientations with local school staff.

Review Conducted By : Fuel Education LLC (formerly Aventa Learning)
Date of Review : 08/29/2018

Introduction to the Dental Profession
• Review dental disease and dentistry from the “beginning of time.”
• Identify the items on the timeline of dental history.
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• Name the individuals who had a great impact on the profession of dentistry.
• Identify the people who promoted education and organized dentistry.
• Explain what DDS and DMD stand for.
• Identify the nine specialties of dentistry.
• Describe, generally, the career skills performed by dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental laboratory technicians.
• List the education required for, and the professional organizations that represent, each dental career path.
Psychology, Communication, and Multicultural Interaction
• Define psychology and paradigm.
• Describe the components of the communication process.
• List the skills used in listening.
• Differentiate the terms used in verbal and nonverbal communication.
• Demonstrate how the following body language is used in nonverbal communication behavior: spatial, posture, facial expression, gestures, and perception.
• Discuss how Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is used, and how it relates to communication in today’s dental office.
• Discuss how defense mechanisms can inhibit communication.
• Identify and explain dental patient phobias and concerns.
• Describe how the baby boomer generation may differ from generations X, Y, and Z.
• Identify office stress, and demonstrate how to achieve conflict resolution.
• Describe some general behaviors of multicultural patient populations.
Ethics, Jurisprudence, and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
• Identify the difference between statutory, civil, and criminal law.
• Define the Dental Practice Act and what it covers.
• Identify who oversees the Dental Practice Act and how licenses for the dental field are obtained.
• Define expanded functions.
• Identify the components of a contract.
• Identify due care and give examples of malpractice, doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, and torts.
• Define fraud and where it may be seen in the dental office.
• Identify care that can be given under the Good Samaritan Law.
• Describe emotional abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.
• Identify the four areas of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• Identify the responsibilities of the dental team in regard to dental records, implied and informed consent, subpoenas, and the statute of limitations.
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• Define ethics and give examples of the American Dental Association and American Dental Assistants Association’s principles of ethics.
• State how dentistry follows ethical principles in regard to advertising, professional fees and charges, and professional responsibilities and rights.
• State how the HIPAA law has impacted the dental office and identify the parameters of the law.
• Identify how patient health information can be used and disclosed, as well as the rights of patients.
• Gain an understanding of the training that the staff must follow to be compliant with the HIPAA laws.
• Identify the CDT transactions and code sets.
Oral Health and Preventative Techniques
• Describe how plaque forms and affects the tooth.
• Identify oral hygiene tips that will aid each age group.
• Identify the oral hygiene aids, including manual and automatic, available to all patients.
• Demonstrate the six toothbrushing techniques.
• Identify types of dental floss and demonstrate flossing technique.
• Describe fluoride and its use in dentistry.
• Define fluoridation and describe its effects on tooth development and the posteruption stage.
• List and explain the forms of fluoride. Describe how to prepare a patient and demonstrate a fluoride application.
Nutrition
• Describe how an understanding of nutrition is used in the profession of dental assisting.
• Define nutrients found in foods, including carbohydrates, fiber, fats, proteins, and amino acids. Explain how they affect oral hygiene.
• Identify the food sources, functions, and implications of deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, and the seven major minerals.
• Define a Calorie and the basal metabolic rate.
• Identify and explain how vitamins, major minerals, and water function in the body.
• Explain how to interpret food labeling.
• Discuss the implications of eating disorders.
• Discuss various technologies available to aid with nutrition and good health.
• Explain how energy drinks and shots affect the body.
• Discuss diet and culture and how it relates to oral health.
General Anatomy and Physiology
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• List the body systems, body planes and directions, and cavities of the body, and describe the structure and function of the cell.
• Explain the functions and structure of the skeletal system, list the composition of the bone, and identify the types of joints.
• List the functions and structure of the muscular system.
• List the functions and structure of the nervous system.
• List the functions and structure of the endocrine system.
• Explain dental concerns related to the reproductive system.
• List the functions and structure of the circulatory system.
• List the functions and structure of the digestive system.
• List the functions and structure of the respiratory system.
• List the functions and structure of the lymphatic system and the immune system.
• List the functions and structure of the integumentary system.
Head and Neck Anatomy
• List and identify the landmarks of the face and the oral cavity, including the tongue, floor of the mouth, and salivary glands.
• List and identify the bones of the cranium and the face as well as the landmarks on the maxilla and the mandible.
• Identify the parts of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and describe how the joint works.
• List and identify the muscles of mastication, facial expression, the floor of the mouth, the tongue, the throat, the neck, and the shoulders. Explain their functions.
• List and identify the nerves of the maxilla and the mandible.
• List and identify the arteries and veins of the head and the neck.
Embryology and Histology
• Identify the terms and times of the three prenatal phases of pregnancy.
• Describe how the human face develops and changes during the zygote and embryonic phases.
• Describe the life cycle of a tooth and identify the stages.
• Identify the four primary structures of the tooth and the location and function of each.
• Identify the substances of enamel, dentin, cementum, and pulp and their identifying marks.
• Identify the components of the periodontium and the considerations of the alveolar bone.
• Describe the structures of the gingiva and the mucosa.
Tooth Morphology
• Identify the dental arches and quadrants using the correct terminology.
• List the primary and permanent teeth by name and location.
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• Explain the eruption schedule for the primary and permanent teeth.
• Identify the different divisions of the tooth, including clinical and anatomical divisions.
• Identify the surfaces of each tooth and their locations.
• List the anatomical structures and their definitions.
• Describe each permanent tooth according to location, anatomical features, morphology, function, position, and other identifying factors.
• Describe each deciduous (primary) tooth according to its location, anatomical features, morphology, function, position, and other identifying factors.
Microbiology
• Identify Anton Van Leeuwenhoek, Ferdinand Cohn, Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and Richard Petri according to their contributions to microbiology.
• Explain the groups of microorganisms and staining procedures used to identify them.
• Identify the characteristics pertaining to bacteria.
• Identify the characteristics pertaining to protozoa.
• Identify the characteristics pertaining to Rickettsia.
• Identify the characteristics pertaining to yeasts and molds.
• Identify the characteristics pertaining to viruses.
• Describe the diseases of major concern to the dental assistant and explain why they cause concern.
• Identify how the body fights disease.
• Explain the types of immunity and routes of microorganism infection.
Infection Control
• Identify the rationale, regulations, recommendations, and training that govern infection control in the dental office.
• Describe how pathogens travel from person to person in the dental office.
• List the three primary routes of microbial transmission, and the associated dental procedures that affect the dental assistant.
• Demonstrate the principles of infection control, including medical history, handwashing, personal protective equipment, barriers, chemical disinfectants, ultrasonic cleaners, sterilizers, and instrument storage.
• List various disinfectants and their applications as used in dentistry.
• Identify and demonstrate the usage of different types of sterilizers.
• Demonstrate the usage of several types of sterilization monitors, such as biological and process indicators.
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• Identify and show the proper usage of preprocedure mouth rinses, high-volume evacuation, dental dams, and disposable items.
• Demonstrate correct procedures for dental unit water line maintenance.
• Identify and demonstrate the correct protocol for disinfecting, cleaning, and sterilizing prior to seating the patient, at the end of a dental treatment, in the dental radiography area, and in the dental laboratory.
Management of Hazardous Materials
• Identify the scope of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and the Hazardous Communication Standard.
• Explain the purpose of the Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS).
• Identify the three major changes of the HCS to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
• Identify physical equipment and mechanical devices provided to safeguard employees.
• Demonstrate safe disposal of sharps.
• Describe the purpose of safety data sheet manuals.
• Describe the required format of the new safety data sheets.
• Identify the nine HCS pictograms.
• Describe the employee training that is required to meet the OSHA standard for hazardous chemicals.
Preparation for Patient Care
• Explain how the patient record is developed and the importance of the personal registration form, medical and dental information, clinical evaluation, and the extraoral and intraoral examinations.
• Describe how the patient record may be called into litigation or used in a forensic case.
• Perform or assist the dentist in an extraoral and an intraoral evaluation including lips, tongue, glands, and oral cavity.
• Explain how a diagnosis and treatment plan is developed.
• Perform vital signs on the patient, including both oral and tympanic temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure.
• Document the vital signs and be alert to any signs that are abnormal.
• Identify the five Korotkoff sounds, the two that are used in recording blood pressure, and the man who described them in 1905.
Dental Charting
• Explain why charting is used in dental practices.
• Identify charts that use symbols to represent conditions in the oral cavity.
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• List and explain the systems used for charting the permanent and deciduous dentitions.
• Define G. V. Black’s six classifications of cavity preparations.
• List common abbreviations used to identify simple, compound, and complex cavities.
• Describe basic dental charting terminology.
• Explain color indicators and identify charting symbols.

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019 100 $270.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Courses dropped within 2 weeks of enrollment will receive 100% refund Enrollments earning 60% or more of the total course points are considered course completions and will be charged the final 20% payment. Open Entry / Open Exit 07/01/2019 12/31/2019