Practical Intensive Training for Dental Assistants

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What We Do

imagesHands On Dental Assistant Training offers a training program that only spans a few short weeks. The course aims to turn students into well-trained dental assistants.

Classroom Format

Maximum10 students to 1 instructor during lecture and maximum 5 students hands on in Lab session.
Training is offered for 8 weeks in succession for a total of 22 lecture class session and 19 Lab sessions. Sessions are held on Saturday or Sunday from 9:00am – 3:30pm or weekdays Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm – 9:30pm.

Classes are held in a mocked dental office with dental equipment or in a fully equipped dental office. Each student receives all disposable equipment and supplies needed to perform in class hands on training. Students will also have to complete 50 hours of externship in a operating dental office. Hands On DAT also provides information to students for externship hours.. Our 8 week program includes classroom and laboratory training plus a 50-hour externship completed in one month for 143 total clock hours

Training Hours

DA 101 –1 hour – Introduction to the Profession
Dentistry as a profession and the responsibilities of the dental health team, which includes the dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, front office personnel and the back office personnel.

DA 102 –1 hour – Ethical and Legal Issues
A discussion of the ethics in dentistry and the various governmental agencies entrusted with the regulations of the dental profession to ensure and protect the public from incompetent and unethical procedures. Topics include licensure procedures and credentialing is also discussed.

DA 103 – 2 hours – Human Dentition
Form and structures of the human natural teeth in the dental arch.

DA 104 -3 hours – Dental Radiography
Basic X-Ray techniques, emphasis on taking a full mouth series of x-rays, developing and mounting radiographs.

DA 105- 3 hours – Composition of Teeth and Dental Terminology
Parts of the tooth. Topics include cervix, apex, dental pulp, tissues of the teeth such as enamel, dentin and cementum. Also, includes discussion of anatomical landmarks of the tooth and dental terminology.

DA 106 – 2 hours – Tissues Surrounding the Teeth
Tissues supporting the human teeth. Topics include the alveolar process, the periodontal ligament and the gingival (gums), which are collectively known as the periodontium.

DA 107 –2 hours – Bones of the Head
Basic anatomy and physiology of the human skull Topics include the cranium and the bones of the face.

DA 108 –2 hours – Muscles of the Head and Neck and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and Paranasal Sinuses
Muscles of the head and neck and the temporomandibular joint that connects the maxillary and the mandibular jaws. Topic also includes paranasal sinuses, which are the air cavities in the bones above each side of the nasal cavities.

DA 109 –3 hours – Pediatric Dentistry
Specialty limited to the dental care of children. Topics include informed consent from guardians prior to treatment, behavioral management.

DA 110 –2 hours – Oral Cavity, Salivary Glands and Immune System
Cavity of the mouth and the salivary glands, which are located outside the oral cavity. Topics include discussion of infectious diseases that can be transmitted from the patient in a dental environment.

DA 111 – 2 hours – Oral Pathology
Study of the nature of diseases that affect oral structures and regions nearby. Topics include discussions on how to distinguish normal from abnormal conditions in the oral cavity.

DA 112 –3 hours – Dental Materials
Material used in dentistry. Topics include cavity varnishes and liners, dental cements, surgical, periodontal dressing, glass ionomer cements, composites, pit and fissure sealants and dental amalgams.

DA 113 – 2 hours -Removal Prosthodontics
Removable Prosthodontics replaces missing teeth. Topics include component parts of both the partial and complete RPD’s and the various steps necessary during replacement appointment.

DA 114 –2 hours – Fixed Prosthodontics
Complete restorations, or the replacement, of one or more teeth in a dental arch. Topics include the different types of fixed prosthodontics restorations.

DA 115 – 3 hours -Endodontics more commonly referred to as Root Canal Therapy.
Topics include the use of the various endodontic instruments and materials.

DA 116 – 1 hour – Topical and Local Anesthesia
Application of anesthetics to oral tissues. Topics include the techniques of administering anesthesia and the dosage required.

DA 117 –2 hours – Orthodontics
Prevention and correction of dental and oral deviations.

DA 118 –2 hours – Periodontics/Dental Hygienist Assistant Training
Dealing with the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases,which are the most common of tooth loss. Assisting the dental hygienist with perio charting and patient education.

DA 119 –4 hours – Oral Surgery/Implants
Involved with removing of the teeth, bone and tissue grafts and removal of tumors and cysts. Topics include the various procedures and instruments used in oral surgery and the implant surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw.

DA 120 –3 hours – Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office
Risk associated with providing medical and dental care. Topics include the various steps to be taken to respond to emergencies.

DA 121 – 3-hr- Radiography: In Depth Overview
An in depth review of subjects likely to be encountered on the state specific radiographic written examination.

DA 122 – 1 hour – Resume Writing/interviewing tips
Fundamentals of resume writing. Topics include pointers in job hunting and how to handle interviews. Behavioral interview questions.

Lab Sessions

LAB 101 – 1 hour – Dental Chair and Infection Control.
The different components of the dental operatory and dental chair. Topics include the operation of the dental chair and the various associated instruments. Each student will be asked to operate the chair and various instruments until they are completely familiar with the procedures. The goals of infection control are discussed together with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and standards. Students are taught and asked to use the various Personal Protective Equipment (gown mask, eyewear/face shield and examination gloves) required in the dental clinic.

LAB 102 – 1 hour – Set Up and Breakdown of a Dental Chair and Infection Control Procedures
Performed by the dental assistant prior to seating a patient in the operatory. A standard routine must be established according to the dentist and the appropriate regulatory agencies. Students are taught to follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines in effective infection control. Topics include the various procedures required to be accomplished following dental treatment. Students are asked to demonstrate the correct routine for breaking down and clean up of operatories following dental treatment.

LAB 103 –1 hour – Suction Placement
Students will learn different methods of moisture control, emphasizing suctioning. Students will be asked to practice placement of the tip of the High Volume Evacuator with reference to each quadrant.

LAB 104-1 hour – Sterilization
Students will learn how to properly sterilize instruments, including packing instruments. Students will package and sterilize instruments via cold sterilization and the autoclave.

LAB 105-2 hours – Dental Instruments
Topics include a study of the various dental instruments, how they are organized to the tasks they are to perform and separated onto trays.

LAB 106 –3 hours – Radiography Basics and X-Ray Procedures Basic X-Ray techniques
Emphasis on taking a full mouth series of x-rays, Students are taught and asked to take x-rays, developing and mounting radiographs.

LAB 107 –3 hours – Dental Charting
Documenting the present dental conditions of the patient and the dental services to be rendered, this serves as a legal record of the patient. The students are taught and asked to prepare a dental chart using appropriate symbols and abbreviations.

LAB 108 –2 hours – Alginate Impressions, Laboratory Materials and Techniques
Alginate impressions are taken in order to capture an accurate three-dimensional duplication of a patient’s teeth and/or surrounding tissues. The impressions are used to produce a model to be used for treatment planning and the fabrication of dental prostheses. Students are taught how to do alginate impressions. Students also learn how to take impressions using silicon and gypsum.

LAB 109 –3 hours – Pedodontic.
This procedure is performed if the pulp of a primary or newly erupted permanent tooth has been exposed. Topics include the pulpotomy procedures and the use of various instruments. Students are asked to practice setting up trays for the pulpotomy and stainless crown placement procedure. A clinical video of amalgam restoration and composite resin restoration is shown to the students during this session.

LAB 110 3 hours – Dental Materials
Instruction in the use of bonding agents to be used between the tooth structures and the restoration. Topics include the preparation of bonding agents using various installments. Students are asked to practice mixing ionomer cement, and applying bonding agents.

LAB 111-4 hours – Restorative Procedures
Students will learn the procedures for amalgam and composite restorations, including instrument recognition, manipulation of materials and proper set-up.

LAB 112-2 hours – Removable Prosthodontics, Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures.
An overview of the steps involved in the fabrication and installation of complete and partial dentures. Students are asked to practice putting tray set-ups together for each stage of removable and prosthodontic fabrication and delivery.

LAB 113-2 hours – Fixed Prosthodontics
An overview of the preparation of a full cast, porcelain fused to metal crown or all porcelain crowns. Students learn the proper techniques for expelling impression materials.

LAB 114 –3 hours – Endodontic Instruments and Procedures
An overview of endodontics (root canal) procedures and the various materials and instruments used. Students are asked to practice identifying the materials and instruments used in the root canal procedure.

LAB 115 –2 hours – Techniques in Administering Anesthesia
Proper use of anesthesia in the dental practice. Topics include the various types of anesthesia and the instruments and techniques used in administering them. Students are asked to practice loading the syringes, proper passing techniques and safe recapping techniques. A clinical video is shown during this session.

LAB 116 –3 hours – Sealants and Bleaching techniques
Newly erupted and caries free teeth benefit from sealants. Students learn how to apply sealants and bleaching techniques.

LAB 117 –3 hours – Periodontal Treatment Procedures
Topics include the various steps and instruments used. Students are taught the various periodontal instrumentation and practice techniques in passing instruments. Students are taught how to set up the cavitron ultrasonic scaler/Piezo Scaler.

LAB 118 –3 hours – Oral Surgical Procedure/Implants
A study of dental implants and dental extraction. Students are taught the different instruments and how they are used and passed over a patient. A clinical video of both oral surgical procedures is shown to the students during this session.

LAB 119 –2 hours – CPR Training and Certification
CPR Training and certification to be conducted by the American Red Cross or the local Fire Department. Students learn to administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.


Students will undergo fifty (50) hours of on the job training in the office of a practicing dentist to further enhance their hands on experience. This training could be conducted in the school premises or in the offices of other participating dentists. Externship must be completed before graduation.

Learning Materials

Modern Dental Assistant Book
Modern Dental Assisting, Student Workbook, by Doni L. Bird, Debbie S. Robinson, Elsevier Saunders Publisher; Hardcover 10th

Equipment Used
Classes are held in a modern state-of-the-art dental office with the latest equipment. The school provides each student with dental assistant nametags, sets of scrubs, and student models of his/her dentition. Each student receives all disposable equipment and supplies needed to perform tasks. Five students work in a treatment or specialty room at any one time. Each student has the opportunity to use the required tools and equipment in each room.

Teaching Devices
Fully equipped dental treatment rooms, AV aides, dental laboratories, darkroom, office including computer, photocopy machine, fax, multiple phone lines. Digital X-ray machines, Autoclave and Automatic film processors.

Table of Content
Student Learning Outcomes: At the completion of the Dental Assisting Program, the student will have been given the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the dental care team’s role in the health-care industry, including quality improvement processes that may be used to monitor the dental health team’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities within a given healthcare system.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the certified dental assistant, including standards of ethics and jurisprudence governing the dental practice.
  • Have a working knowledge of the pharmaceutical-medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in the prescribing, dispensing, and charting of medications in the dental office.
  • Have a working knowledge of the skill required to systematically collect and document diagnostic data in the dental office.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill required to perform a various clinical supportive skills in the dental office.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill required for management of business office procedures for the dental office.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use therapeutic communication in the dental office in both verbal and written/computer form.
  • Have a working knowledge biomedical science and the procedures and techniques related to bloodborne pathogens and hazard communications standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiation safety measures and the production of diagnostic radiographs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of materials used in intra-oral and laboratory procedures.
Attendance Policies


Students are expected to attend all hours of program instruction. We recognize that emergencies occur. Should there be extraordinary circumstances; students are requested to speak with the School Director who will arrange ways to make up the sections that were missed. Often this is accomplished by completing the missed section the next time the program is offered or through make-up work. Only 10% of the program can be made up through make-up work. Students must be in class during the session they enroll in for a minimum of 90% of the time.

Lateness or missing classes/Makeup Work

Absences due to arriving late or leaving early will be treated as absences. Missed coursework is to be made up by conferring with the instructor. There is no charge for make-up work. However, only 10% of the work and session may be made up in this way.

Unsatisfactory Progress

Should a student receive a grade of less than 75% s/he will be notified. Ways to raise the grade will be determined with the school director and/or instructor. If the student is not able to raise the grade point average above 75% s/he will be requested to take the course for no credit or withdraw and return at another time if there is demonstration of the ability to succeed. The tuition paid will be refunded less than $100 registration fee.


The student may re-enroll or re-enter at another time if arrangements have been made with the school director at the time the student leaves. If satisfactory arrangements have been made, no additional tuition is charged.


Students may have to suspend their training due to extenuating circumstances. Should this occur, the student may request re-admission from the school director for a future date. All training must be completed within a twelve month period from the original start date.


An average grade of 75% is required in order to satisfactorily complete training programs. Class work is graded as follows:

Excellent 94 – 100
Good 85- 93
Fair 78- 84

Failing below 75 Lab work is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Students are strongly encouraged to take exams as scheduled. However, in the event that an exam is missed, the student is required to notify the instructor BEFORE the exam and give the reason for the absence. A make-up exam may be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor. The make-up exam must be taken within one week after the original examination. In the event of a make-up exam there will be an automatic ten point reduction on exam. There will be no make-up for a practical exam and are scheduled by the student. Results of exam grades will be withheld until all students have taken the exam.

The final examination must be taken, with no provision for make-up. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all missed material and make-up any missed daily (lab) work.

If a student fails a unit examination, he/she is expected to make an appointment within one week after the examination with the course instructor. At that time, the student will review the examination and, with the assistance of the instructor, identify strategies to improve examination performance. Any student can review the examination with the course instructor within two weeks after the examination.

Exams will be given on scheduled dates (refer to course calendar). Dates are subject to change upon instructor’s discretion.


Students will receive a certificate upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements. In addition there may be no outstanding balances owed to the school.


Student records are maintained permanently by the school in fire-proof safe. Computer records are backed up regularly. All records are maintained with the same security and confidence as patients’ dental records. A set of records is maintained by the corporate offices.


Students will be terminated if, after having been put on Academic or Attendance probation, they fail to meet Attendance or Grade requirements by the 15-day deadline. Fifteen days begin from the date of notification of probation.

Changes Made by School

If the school cancels or changes a program of study or location in such a way that the student who has started is unable to complete training, arrangements will be made in a timely manner to accommodate the needs of each student enrolled in the program who is affected by the cancellation or change. If the school is unable to make alternative arrangements that are satisfactory to both parties, the school will refund all money paid by the student less the $100 registration fee.