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    Diploma Requirements

    DA B170: RADIOLOGY (5 Credits)

    The Radiology module focuses on one of the dental assistant's key areas of competence. This module focuses on the tasks associated with x-ray equipment, the nature of x-rays, film placement, angulation of x-rays, mounting, and developing techniques. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management.

    Prerequisites Required: DA K151, DA W151, DA Y151, and DA G151

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA G151: PATIENT INTERACTION (6 Credits)

    The Patient Interaction module, one of the four prerequisite modules for the Dental Assistant Diploma program, includes an overview of academic strategies and a review of fundamental math concepts. In addition, emphasis is placed on the types and physical characteristics of microorganisms and their method of study, the most common diseases found in the oral cavity, the prenatal development of teeth, the development of structures of the surrounding tooth, and tissues of the oral cavity. Students practice prophylaxis procedures, instrument exchanges, and other core dental assisting skills. Additionally, students are introduced to appointment book entries, telephone techniques, filing, insurance forms, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and dental office management software. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA K151: FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS FOR DENTAL ASSISTING (6 Credits)

    The Foundational Skills for Dental Assisting module is one of the four prerequisite modules for entering dental assistant students. This module includes an overview of academic strategies; general concepts of nutrition, law, and ethics; math fundamentals; an introduction to pharmacology, infection control, and vital signs; and complementary and alternative medicine. Also included is a focus on dental anatomy and basic setup and instrumentation. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only) 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA O170: OPERATIVE ASSISTING (5 Credits)

    The Operative Assisting module includes an overview of general dentistry and chairside assisting. This module focuses on the tasks associated with working with the dentist, equipment, instruments, tray setups, patient seating, four-handed dentistry, charting, anesthetic, amalgams, resins, and various other chairside procedures. This module also focuses on passing instruments correctly and the operation and maintenance of dental equipment, in addition to fundamental skills such as oral evacuation, placing rubber dams, syringe assembling, handling, and passing, and assembling the matrix band. (Omaha campus only)

    Prerequisites Required: DA G151, DA K151, DA W151, and DA Y151 

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA P170: DENTAL MATERIALS (5 Credits)

    The Dental Materials module includes an overview of the properties and proper uses of dental materials. The lab portion of this module focuses on mixing materials, taking impressions, pouring and trimming study models, and fabricating custom trays and temporary crowns. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

    Prerequisites Required: DA K151, DA W151, DA Y151, and DA G151

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA R170: CHAIRSIDE SPECIALTIES (6 Credits)

    The Chairside Specialties module focuses on the specialty practices such as periodontal surgery, root canal treatment, extractions, orthodontics, crown preparations, assisting with a child patient, assisting with crown and bridge procedures, and the process of fabricating a denture or partial. Students are taught critical regulation issues in law and ethics. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only) 

    Prerequisites Required: DA G151, DA K151, DA W151, and DA Y151 

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA V190: SPECIALTY DENTISTRY EXTERNSHIP (3 Credits)

    The Specialty Dentistry Externship module is designed to provide practical on-the-job experiences that augment the student's in-class experiences. Students are required to complete the 80-hour externship program at a work site connected with their field of study, which normally includes health care facilities such as private or group practices, clinics, and industrial clinics. (Omaha campus only)

    Prerequisites Required: DA B170, DA O170, DA P170, and DA R170

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA W151: TECHNOLOGY AND TERMINOLOGY FOR DENTAL ASSISTING (6 Credits)

    The Technology and Terminology for Dental Assisting module is one of the four prerequisite modules for entering dental assistant students. This module includes an overview of computer applications, medical emergencies, medical terminology, and anatomy and physiology. Students are required to develop a plaque control program. This module emphasizes the prenatal development of teeth, development of structures of the surrounding tooth and tissues of the oral cavity, and provides instruction on the expanded duties of a dental assistant. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management. (Omaha campus only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA Y151: DIAGNOSTIC ASSISTING (5 Credits)

    One of the four prerequisite modules for the program, the Diagnostic Assisting module includes an overview of academic strategies, English fundamentals, and a review of computer applications. This module emphasizes general dentistry and chairside assisting, and focuses on the tasks associated with working hand in hand with the dentist. Emphasis is placed on patient seating, charting, anesthesia, and various other chairside procedures. The module includes a focus on maintaining dental equipment, oral evacuation, and diagnoses. This module is also designed to develop professional skills and proactive career management.(Omaha campus only) 

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

    DA Z190: GENERAL DENTISTRY EXTERNSHIP (9 Credits)

    The General Dentistry Externship module is designed to provide practical on-the-job experiences that augment the student’s in-class experiences. Students are required to complete the 220-hour externship program at a work site connected with their field of study, which normally includes health care facilities such as private or group practices, clinics, and industrial clinics. The remaining 20 hours of the General Dentistry Externship module will be devoted to preparing students to sit for the dental assisting certification examination. (Omaha campus only) 

    Prerequisites Required: DA B170, DA O170, DA P170, and DA R170

    Total Diploma Requirements Credits: 56
    Total Program Credits: 56

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