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Program Outcomes - Dental Assisting Certificate

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting Education program, the learner will be able to:

1. Demonstrates communication skills and strategies in dealing with diverse patients and members of the dental health team.
DAE 159, DAE 163/LC, DAE 165/LC, DAE 166, DAE 167, DAE 169/LC
2. Describe morphology, histology, and embryology of the human dentition.
DAE 161, DAE 163/LC, DAE 165/LC, DAE 167
3. Describe and anticipate the steps for treatment procedures performed by the dentist.
DAE 161, DAE 162/LB, DAE 163/LC, DAE 164/LB, DAE 165/LC, DAE 166, DAE 167, DAE 169/LC
4. Organize the operatory in order to prepare for and perform chairside assisting procedures.
DAE 159, DAE 162/LB, DAE 163/LC, DAE 164/LB, DAE 165/LC, DAE 169/LC
5. Describe, explain and interpret different health conditions and emergencies that may occur in the dental office.
DAE 159, DAE 166
6. Identify and comply with Health Information Privacy Policies and Procedures Act (HIPPA)
DAE 159, DAE 160, DAE 162/LB, DAE 163/LC, DAE 164/LB, DAE 165/LC, DAE 166, DAE 167, DAE 169/LC
7. Define and explain the Arizona State Dental Practice Act as it affects the functions of the dentist, dental hygienist, and the dental assistant.
DAE 160, DAE 161, DAE 162/LB, DAE 163/LC, DAE 164/LB, DAE 165/LC, DAE 166, DAE 167, DAE 169/LC
8. Interpret infection control guidelines in relation to disinfecting, sterilizing and antiseptic procedures.
DAE 159, DAE 160, DAE 161, DAE 162/LB, DAE 163/LC, DAE 164/LB, DAE 165/LC, DAE 166, DAE 167, DAE 169/LC
9. Recognize and understand Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
DAE 159, DAE 160, DAE 161, DAE 162/LB, DAE 163/LC, DAE 164/LB, DAE 165/LC, DAE 166, DAE 167, DAE 169/LC
10. Describe and delineate the various specialty branches of dentistry.
DAE 160, DAE 169/LC

Program Effectiveness Data

For Academic Year 2012/13, PCC student pass rates for those industry examinations for which data is available are given below.

Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners:

  • Dental Assistant Radiography Certification by Credential: 21 students tested; 21 students passed (100% pass rate)