Dental Assistant Courses, Competencies
Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting is designed to prepare students for work in fast-paced dental offices. The dental assistant program teaches students dental theory, the dental assistant’s role as a team member, their legal responsibility, ethical behavior, and professional conduct, as well as the clinical techniques and skills needed to perform in the dental office.
Dental Assistant Program Structure & Schedule
Dental Depot Academy of Dental Assisting is a 12-Week program that is offered three times per year. Our 2022-23 Course Schedule is:
- Fall 2022: Aug. 28th, 2022 – Nov. 17th, 2022
- Class Full – Waiting List
- Spring 2023: January 3rd, 2023 – March 24th, 2023
- Summer 2023: May 2nd, 2023 – July 21st, 2023
- Fall 2023: August 28th, 2023 – November 17th, 2023
The program runs Monday through Friday, with alternating classroom and clinical rotation days.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am – Noon in the classroom
- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 7:45am to Noon in clinical rotations in Dental Depot offices.
Dental Assistant Program Courses
This course will introduce students to the dental assisting profession including disease transmission and prevention; laws and ethics that regulate the dental industry; background, knowledge, and skills in assessing a patient’s overall health; and the foundational knowledge, basic principles and techniques for film-based and digital imaging to be able to produce diagnostic-quality images.
Students will learn about the human body and how the basic human anatomy, physiology, and tooth morphology plays a key part in the role of a dental assistant. Students will be able to identify in detail the structures of the oral cavity, learn about the early development of the mouth as well as any developmental disturbances that can take place. Students will use their knowledge of dentition every day in a career as a dental assistant.
Students will learn about preclinical skills and how dental care is delivered in a dental practice, beginning with the patient’s first impression of the dental office. Students will learn the crucial role as part of the dental healthcare team; ensuring that patient’s receive quality care and education.
Students will learn why dental materials are an essential part of most dental procedures and how the role of the dental assistant is an integral part of the chairside team. This course will provide students with the background knowledge and skills necessary to become competent with the dental materials used in the clinical setting.
Oral health is a critical component of our general health and well-being. In this course students will learn why it’s important for the dental healthcare team to educate patients on oral hygiene and its effects on our bodies and overall well-being.
This course will provide students with a level of knowledge and skill that will prepare students for the general clinical procedures
This course will provide students with a level of knowledge and skill that will prepare students for fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics and provisional restoration procedures.
This course will provide students with a level of knowledge and skill that will prepare them for advanced specialty procedures.
Students will learn about the business aspect of a dental practice. Students will learn how it is managed and operated efficiently.
In this course students will apply and build upon their basic knowledge and skills as a dental assistant in the clinical setting. They will demonstrate the core competencies and skills they’ve learned throughout the program and build upon them to achieve competency standards for the professional dental assistant.
This course will expand on the values of professionalism: competence, fairness, integrity, responsibility, respect, and service that surround people daily. Students will learn the importance of continuing education in the dental industry. Students will be provided skills on how to create a professional resume, cover letter, and reference sheet, as well as interviewing techniques and etiquette.
In this course students will apply the knowledge and skills in the clinical setting where they will perform competency standards that were learned throughout the program. Students will be evaluated and held to high standards that meet the requirements in becoming a professional dental assistant.
To qualify for graduation from the Academy, the dental assisting student must have:
- Earned a “C” or better in the didactic, lab and clinical courses.
- Successful completion of each course in the Academy.
- Paid all fees and fines owed to the Academy.
- Returned any Academy equipment and materials checked out to the student.
Dental Assisting Employment Opportunities
Dental Depot Academy students are uniquely positioned to take advantage of career opportunities in dental assisting with Dental Depot’s clinical practices upon graduation.
Though not included in the Dental Depot Academy curriculum, there are three additional expanded duties dental assistants may pursue through the Oklahoma Dental Foundation. Click here for more information.
Dental Assistant Certifications
Dentistry is regulated by the individual dental board of each state.
Clinical Expanded Duties for dental assistants: In the state of Oklahoma the four recognized dental assisting expanded duties are as follows:
- Radiation Safety
- Coronal Polishing
- Sealant Placement
- Assisting with Nitrous Oxide Analgesia
During the program, Dental Depot Academy will arrange with the Oklahoma Dental Foundation (ODF) to take the Radiation Safety course and exam to obtain an expanded duty certificate in Radiation Safety. All other expanded duty certificates will be obtained after completion of the program.
CPR provided by the American Heart Association/Health Care Provider or the American Red Cross/Professional Rescuer is a prerequisite for a dental assistant with any expanded duty permit.