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DNA 103: Introduction to Oral Health (1 cr.) — Teaches anatomy of the head and neck, the oral cavity hard and soft tissues, as well as tooth morphology. Includes dental terminology, deciduous and permanent dentition as well as pathology. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program

DNA 108: Dental Science (3 cr.) — Studies head and neck anatomy, tooth morphology, pathological conditions of the oral cavity, disease processes, and microbiology. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 110: Dental Materials (3 cr.) — Studies the materials utilized in the laboratory aspect of dentistry as support in treatment. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics, manipulation, economical control, storage, and delivery of materials. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 113: Chairside Assisting I (3 cr.) — Provides instruction on the principles of clinical chair side dental assisting, dental equipment use and maintenance, safety, instrument identification, tray set-ups by procedures, and patient data collection. Emphasis on patient management during restorative procedures. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 114: Chairside Assisting II (4 cr.) — Introduces the student to various dental specialties including oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontic, prosthodontics, endodontic, and pediatric dentistry. Integrates and applies previous course content to operative dental procedures. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 119: Dental Therapeutics (1 cr.) — Exposes students to concepts and terminology related to pharmacology, pain control, and dental medicinal agents. Emphasis is placed on the use of materials I patient treatment. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 120: Community Health (1 cr.) — Studies topics related to community health issues including identification of specific diseases, symptoms, causes, and effects. An emphasis is placed on the promotion of oral health in the community through patient education in oral home care techniques, dietary counseling, plaque control procedures and application of medicinal agents. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 130: Dental Office Management (2cr.) – Exposes students to and provides practical experience in the legal aspects of dental office management with regard to ethics, jurisprudence, appointment control, recall systems, reception techniques, telephone techniques. Accounts receivable and payable, payroll, insurance claims, inventory control, and professional conduct in a dental office. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 0 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 134: Dental Radiology and Practicum (3 cr.) — Teaches the physics of dental radiation and safety, equipment operation, cone placement for the parallel and bisection techniques, panoramic exposures, mounting and film processing. Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Assisting Program required. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 140: Externship (5 cr.) — Exposes students to the fast pace of a dental practice while they perform support services with an established team. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 12 hours. Total 13 hours per week. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

DNA 190: Coordinated Internship (3 cr.) — Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours. Prerequisite: Acceptance into DNA program.

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