Course Outline

Summit Dental Assisting Academy provides a comprehensive curriculum delivered in a fast paced, hands-on manner. Each student will learn a wide array of skills and techniques enabling them to become effective members of the dental team.

Week 1 Introduction

  • Introduction to the Dental Profession
  • Tooth Morphology
  • Infection Control
  • Management of Hazardous Materials
  • Dental Charting
  • Introduction to the Dental Office and Basic Chairside Assisting

Week 2 Prevention & Nutrition

  • Oral Health and Preventive Techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Embryology and Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Instrument Transfer and Maintaining the Operating Field

Week 3 Basic Dental Sciences

  • General Chairside Instruments & Tray Systems
  • Anesthesia and Sedation
  • Dental Cements, Bases, Liners and Bonding Agents
  • Laboratory Materials and Techniques

Week 4 Continuation of Week 3 Materials

Week 5Dental Radiography

  • Introduction to Dental Radiography
  • Production and Evaluation of Dental Radiographs
  • Extraoral and Digital Radiography

Week 6Anatomy & Physiology

  • General Anatomy and Physiology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy

Week 7Patient Care

  • Preparation for Patient Care
  • Pharmacology
  • Emergency Management

Week 8Dental Specialties

  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Periodontics
  • Crown and Bridge
  • Fixed Prosthodontics & Gingival Retraction
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Removable Prosthodontics

Week 9Dential Specialties continued

Week 10Psychology, Cultural, Legal

  • Psychology, Communication and Multicultural Interaction
  • Ethics, Jurisprudence and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act

Week 11Dental Office Management

  • Dental Office Management
  • Employment Strategies

Week 12Final & Practical Examinations