All of the dental assistant course topics will be covered by a combination of classroom instruction, video, and hands-on experience. Classes will run for an 8-hour period with a lunch break. Michigan Dental Assisting School, LLC will provide all educational tools such as textbooks, visual aids, etc., at no additional charge. Additional time for preparation at home will be required.

I. The Dental Profession (4hrs)

1. Introduction to Dental Assisting
2. Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting

II. The Sciences (4hrs)

1. Anatomy and Physiology
2. Dental Anatomy

III. Infection control and Hazardous Materials (16hrs)

1. Disease Transmission
2. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials
3. Surface Disinfection and Treatment Room Preparation
4. Instrument Processing

IV. Dental Treatment (8hrs)

1. Clinical Dentistry (four-handed dentistry)
2. Moisture Control (rubber dam)

V. Patient Care (4hrs)

1. The Dental Patient
2. The Dental Examination
3. Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
4. Pain and Anxiety Control

VI. Dental Radiography (38hrs)

1. MDA curriculum for x-ray certification for dental assistants
2. Radiation Safety and production of x-rays
3. Oral Radiography (digital and traditional)

VII. Preventive Dentistry (4hrs)

1. Preventive care (Diagnodent, Spectra, Intra-oral cameras)
2. Coronal Polishing and Dental Sealants

VIII. Restorative Dentistry (12hrs)

1. Instruments, Hand pieces, and accessories
2. Restorative Materials
3. Restorative Procedures
4. Impression Materials and Laboratory Procedures
5. Prosthodontics

IX. Specialized Dentistry (16hrs)

1. Periodontics
2. Endodontics
3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
4. Pediatrics
5. Orthodontics

X. Preparation for Employment (4hrs)

1. The job search
2. Examination preparation practice exam