NYS Certified Dental Assisting

MBC

Dental Assistants assist the dentist in providing patient care. They expose radiographs, set up and break down operatory, pass instruments to the dentist. With New York State License, there are many more responsibilities and opportunities for a dental assistant such as removing sutures, taking impressions, selecting and profiting provisional crowns and orthodontic brackets, placing amalgam, and composite restorations.

This is a Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) school and students will take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and apply for New York State License. They receive the right to call themselves a licensed certified dental assistant (RDA) and can perform extra functions as decided by State Education and New York State Board for Dentistry.

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Course Schedule

Days & Times

1st Semester:

Monday-Friday
Classes:
7:45 AM-3:00PM
2 days at UBEOC & 3 days at UBSDM

2nd Semester:

Monday-Friday
Classes (times vary):
7:30 AM-6:00PM 
1 day at UBEOC & 4 days at UBSDM

Program Length

30 Weeks

Start / End Dates

Fall-Winter

Start: August 2017
End: May 2018

Earn Your Certification

Upon successful completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the State University of New York.

Certification: NYS State Certified Dental Assistants

Program Outline and Courses

Name Description Hours

Dental Assisting

This course is designed to teach students to be familiar with specialties from the dental assistant’s aspect of knowing and understanding the uses of the specialty instruments. Included are the following specialties: endodontic, orthodontics, periodontics implant, and oral surgery. A pharmacology unit will complete the course with an overview of commonly used drugs and prescription writing. The student will read prior to the class  the chapter assigned, complete the written assignments, view online videos and be prepared to discuss each specialty the day of class. 30
Preclinical Tech I Lecture Preclinical Techniques I is a didactic course developed to provide the student with the theory to assist the dentist at chair side. Classroom lecture activities will introduce the student in the frequently performed, routine office tasks and matter. Students are expected to read and outline the chapter prior to lecture. 32
Preclinical Tech I Lab Preclinical Techniques I lab is a hands-on course developed to provide the student with the working knowledge and practical experience necessary to assist the dentist at chair side. Classroom lecture activities will introduce the student in the frequently performed, routine office tasks and matter. Lab activities are designed to provide the student with a practical understanding of the lecture topic. The   practical experience in clinical dental assisting will prepare the student for the wide range of activities he/she will be involved in during the second semester clinical externship. Students are expected to read the chapter prior to lecture.  64
Preclinical Tech II Lecture This lecture course is designed to introduce the students to the dental operatory. It is imperative that auxiliaries in the dental profession be well trained in the use of dental armamentarium and equipment and be able to operate it skillfully. The student must be able to identify, categorize or disinfect the operatory and equipment. The student must demonstrate an understanding of universal precautions and the prevention of disease transmission. The dental office can be a place where unexpected emergency conditions can occur. These emergencies may require special care and medications. The student must understand how to prevent medical emergencies from occurring. If a medical emergency should arise, the student will be trained to recognize the symptoms and the protocol on when to act in an emergency.  67.5
Preclinical Tech II Lab This laboratory session is conducted in conjunction with Preclinical Techniques II Lecture. Each student will have the opportunity to become familiar with the equipment in the dental operatory and able to identify, operate, sterilize, and/or disinfect equipment and instruments. The student will also be able to demonstrate accepted infection control methods which meet federal regulations and OSHA standards.  32
Professional Development This two semester lecture series is designed to introduce the student to the profession of dental assisting. Included in this course is how to become a successful student and employee. The student will be able to understand the local work environment to effectively identify and assess the type of employment he/she will be seeking upon graduation. 32
Dental Computer Fundamentals This hands-on course is designed to prepare the students with the computer skills needed to work in a dental office environment. The students will develop skills using Microsoft Office 2016 and create professional-looking documents. The students will create, format, and edit a variety of business documents, including letters, memos, reports, and employability documents such as a cover letter and resume. The responsibilities of the Administrative Dental Assistant such as filing/information management, written, and verbal communications will be discussed. An overview of the Dentrix dental office management software will be introduced. The student will also complete independent study assignments.  We will be using Blackboard also known as UBLearns/Course sites. This is a course management system that allows students to submit assignments electronically and grades will be posted using this system.  It is recommended that students use Firefox as their web browser. 48
Dental Sciences I This course begins with a brief review of important scientific terms and concepts which students need to know in order to understand courses in the Dental Assisting Program. This review encompasses general concepts, basic physical science topics, and important concepts in biology.  At the conclusion of this review, the course continues with areas of study specific to dental assisting.  It consists primarily of an introduction to microbiology and disease and an introduction to anatomy and physiology, particularly as it relates to head and neck anatomy. Study of these topics is designed to facilitate the understanding of other important dental assisting courses. Dental Sciences I is a required course in the Dental Assisting Program. Terminology and vocabulary will be emphasized throughout the course. Overall strategies for note taking, study, and test taking skills. Concepts will be emphasized that will enable students to successfully learn independently as they move forward to deepen knowledge of the topics that are addressed in class and to delve further into related scientific and medical topics. The outline of topics below may be modified due to scheduling or program demands, student needs, or other unanticipated variables.  45
Dental Sciences II This course begins where Dental Sciences I ended. The first topic is a review of head and neck anatomy. Following this will be a survey of the body systems. The immune response will also be reviewed. The last topic in the course is an examination of nutrition and its relationship to dental health. Dental Sciences II is a required course in the Dental Assisting Program. Terminology and vocabulary will be emphasized throughout the course. Overall strategies for note taking, study, and test taking skills will also be addressed. Concepts will be emphasized that will enable students to successfully learn independently as they move forward to deepen knowledge of the topics that are addressed in class and to delve further into related scientific and medical topics. The outline of topics below may be modified due to scheduling or program demands, student needs, or other unanticipated variables.    21
Chairside Seminar Lecture I This course will educate and familiarize students in dental terminology and concepts associated with dental assisting. The course will be divided into lectures, demonstrations and projects. The emphasis will be on fourhanded dentistry, modern dental procedures and effective management of the dental office.  16
Chairside Seminar Lecture II Chairside Seminar II familiarizes the student with the specialty areas of dentistry. Following each lecture the lecturer summarizes the dental assistant’s role in that specialty. 16
Chairside Seminar Lab I This clinic session coincides with Chairside Seminar Lecture. This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate four handed dentistry that be utilized in the dental office.  The instructor will demonstrate each project and the student will be required to demonstrate competency by assisting. 32
Chairside Seminar Lab II This clinic session coincides with Chairside Seminar Lecture. This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate four-handed dentistry that be utilized in the dental office. The instructor will demonstrate each project and the student will be required to demonstrate competency by assisting. 32
Dental Materials Lecture I This two-semester lecture series is designed to introduce students to the materials commonly found in the dental practice. Upon successful completion, the student will be familiar with routine practice procedures involving dental materials and demonstrate competency in the dental setting. 16
Dental Materials Lecture II This laboratory session coincides with DA592 Dental Materials Lecture. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to manipulate the various dental materials that are utilized in the dental office. The instructor will demonstrate each project and students will be required to complete each project independently during each laboratory session. 16
Dental Radiology I Dental Radiology I provides each student with the theoretical as well as practical knowledge needed to safely produce a dental radiograph. This course incorporates fundamental theory and weekly clinical activities which duplicate common dental office routines related to dental radiography. After completing the first semester, the student will recruit two adult patients with an almost complete dentition to be their radiology patients at the Dental Clinic at Good Neighbors. Students are expected to provide the patient and complete two (CMXS) using the paralleling technique. 16
Dental Radiology I Lab Students will learn to accurately place, expose, process, and mount a dental radiograph using DXXTTR II Mannequin. Each week student will have the objective of acquiring a series of radiographs which, when mounted throughout the semester, will equal two CMRS on adult and one on child. Students will use paralleling technique during the first semester using infection control tehcniques. 32
Dental Radiology II  Radiology II continues with bisecting technique, radiographic exposure errors and corrections, processing errors and corrections, and landmarks of the orofacial structure. The course also includes working with special needs and pediatric patients' exposures and extra oral imaging. 16
Dental Radiology II Lab Students will expose a CMRS using the Bisecting of the Angle technique on adult and pedo DXTTR II Mannequin. 32
Preventive Dentistry Preventative Dentistry is a designed self-study course using online resources such as ADAA.USA and DentalCare.com. Students work independently learning preventative dentistry, dental caries, patients with special needs, periodontal disease, child abuse, tobacco cessation, tooth brushing techniques, and flossing techniques. They will also write a research paper on an oral care topic. Students conclude with a table clinic presentation where they demonstrate TBI/OHI instructions and present their research paper. 21
Dental Office Procedures This is an independent study course that uses UBlearns Blackboard. The course is designed to address basic dental office procedures including: appointment and recall systems, financial records, accounting procedures, insurance claims, filing systems, purchasing and inventory of supplies and equipment, and the utilization of computers to perform business office procedures. Emphasis is placed on the duties of a dental receptionist.  53
Expanded Functions During second semester, students do their clinical externship Monday-Thursday. On Friday, students will be learning expanded functions allowed in NYS for Licensed Dental Assistants. N/A
Clinical Externship Students will be required to complete a 320-hour clinical externship at UBSDM, a community health center, or at a private dental office. Students will put into practice the skills they have learned through the school year working with a licensed dentist and a variety of dental office staff. Students will work the front desk as well as assisting and sterilization, taking radiographs and performing all functions allowed a NY Licensed Dental Assistant as the office allows. 320

Dress & Appearance

As a health care professional, you will be expected to adhere to accepted standards of appearance and hygiene in class. Hair must be pulled away from face and attached to back of head. Jewelry, any visible piercings (including ears), tongue rings/studs, and visible tattoos are not permitted. Nails must be short with no nail polish. Acrylic or fake nails are not permitted because of infection control precautions. Students are expected to dress appropriately for a school environment. Contact lenses are not permitted because of infection control precautions.

Student Expenses

  • 2 sets pf scrubs (2 extra sets for 2nd semester)
  • 1 warm up jacket
  • 1 pair white or black clinical shoes or sneakers
  • 3-ring binder
  • flash drive
  • stethoscope
  • blood pressure cuff
  • notebook
  • stapler
  • paper clips
  • DANB exam money
  • review book and NY licensing fee
  • $45 for American Dental Assistants Association Membership (liability insurance)

Required Medical Assessments and Immunization Records

Required health forms must be completed and on file in the Allied Health/ISU office. Make appointments medical records during the summer in anticipation of admittance into the allied health program. Annually: Influenza and PPD; within 10 years: Tetanus, Meningococcal vaccine, Varicella, Visual Acuity, and the entire HEP B 1, 2 and 3 series must be complete.

Attendance

Daily attendance is mandatory. 100% is expected. You are expected to maintain attendance as if you were in an employment situation.

Admissions Eligibility

You must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Be an adult who is at least 17 years of age or older. If you are 17, you are required to show proof such as a high school diploma or equivalency.
  • NOT hold any academic degrees -- associate's, bachelor's, master's, etc. -- or more than 33 college credits. 
  • Have a limited household income and meet income guidelines. 
    Click here for -> Eligibility Table - Economic Guidelines(431 KB)
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. You must provide a green card or I-94 document if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Attend STAR Orientation and meet the TABE placement test scores of 9.1 reading/7.0 math and obtain typing test scores of 25wpm 5 errors or less.  Upon successful completion of STAR, you will be asked to provide a resume and 2 letters of recommendation (personal and professional).

Admissions Process

  1. Complete an application online at our website: buffalo.edu/eoc
  2. Bring in the required documents listed on the "How to Enroll in UBEOC" sheet.
  3. Register and attend orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Why is Dental Assisting Lab a prerequisite?
A: Medical skill prep lab will provide students with information regarding healthcare expectations (health physical requirements to include drug/alcohol testing, criminal background checks, healthcare professions, customer service requirements, and critical thinking and skills). 

Q: What prerequisites are needed?
A: Infection Control Course, HIPPA and Corporate Compliance training, and CPR Health Care Provider Level.

Q: Why is time and attendance important to this program?
A: Within healthcare the patients rely on the caregivers to provide good quality care. Therefore, in order to meet the needs of the population that we serve, punctuality is essential. The program is designed to build these skills.

Q: Why must I submit a completed health physical examination form to include immunizations?
A: Center for Disease Control requires that all healthcare professionals are immunize to prevent the spread and or acquiring a communicable infection

Q: What immunizations are required within healthcare?
A:  Annually: Influenza and PPD; within ten years: Tetanus, meningococcal vaccine, Varicella, visual acuity and the entire HEP B 1, 2 and 3 series must be complete

Q: If I attend prerequisite classes during the summer will I be required to enroll in similar courses during the first quarter?
A: Yes, the prerequisite classes may not be all inclusive of the required courses; therefore, the student should contact the faculty overseeing the programs.

Q: Why are computer courses essential?
A: Computer skills are essential within healthcare professions due to the evolution of electronic medical records and patients' documentation.

Q: How essential are the prerequisite courses (Introduction to Healthcare, Professional Development and Introduction to Effective Communication)?
A: Due to the diversity population within healthcare students must have a basic understanding of the core values of each aspect of the job requirements and/or performance.

Q: Do I have the option in choosing my externship site?
A: No, the program faculty will assign based on the student’s final performance assessment.