Diploma in Dental Assistant - Gulf Medical University
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Diploma in Dental Assistant

COURSE CODE & TITLEDAC40 DENTAL ASSISTANT
COURSE DURATION180 hours
COURSE AVAILABILITYWeekend/Evening*
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTIONEnglish
MAXIMUM INTAKE20
PREREQUISITES (General)Certificate of Completion of High School – with science subjects / 3 years experience in the medical field
PREREQUISITES (Additional)TOEFL score of 400
AWARD18 CE units

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Dental Assistant program is approximately 10 months in length (Phase I & II). During this course, initially the students will receive basic instruction in skills required in any health care setting. The students will receive an explanation of the health industry and its various career
paths, both traditional and nontraditional. Competency based areas include medical law and ethics, communications, medical terminology, medical math, body system review and pathology of disease, human growth and development including life continuum. Instruction and practice will be provided in basic skills used in most health care settings, including specific skills such as the taking of vital signs, basic patient intake skills, documentation skills, computer input and retrieval skills, understanding of quality control and quality assurance, standard precautions, as well as others.

The second phase II of the program includes curriculum content in biodental sciences, dental services, clinical services and clinical practice. Students receive on-the-job training in the dental offices in addition to courses taken on campus.

COURSE OUTCOMES
On completion of the Dental Assistant Course, the candidates will be competent to:

  1. Provide basic chair side assisting skills as well as expanded functions that are within the guidelines of the dental practice.
  2. Produce adequate diagnostic aids (i.e. radiographs, study models).
  3. Provide adequate dental laboratory skills.
  4. Understand and manage ethical decisions and comply with legal regulations governing the practice of dental assisting.
  5. Exhibit professionalism in a dental practice.
  6. Manage various types of patients in a variety of clinical settings.
  7. Demonstrate basic dental office procedures.
  8. Apply self-assessment principles and develop commitment to lifelong learning.
  9. Use and evaluate scientific information to enhance knowledge and skills in the promotion of oral health.
  10. Successfully complete requirements necessary for registration or certification.
  11. Demonstrate adequate job seeking skills.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE COURSE
High school graduates who wish to take up a health career in dentistry. Participants will be capable of working as dental assistants in a variety of settings such as:

  • Solo and group dental practices;
  • General or specialty practices such as oral and maxillofacial surgery (removal of teeth and correction of facial deformities), orthodontics (straightening teeth with braces or other appliances), dentofacial orthopedics, endodontics (root canal treatment), periodontics (treatment of gum problems), prosthodontics (replacement of lost teeth), pediatric dentistry (treatment of children) and Sales and marketing of dental products.
COURSE CONTENT
Human Structure and Function of Dental RadiologyHuman Structure and Function Lab Office Practice and Management
Human Structure and FunctionDental Radiology
Human Structure and Function LabOffice Practice and Management
Technical CommunicationsIntroduction to chair-side Assisting
Introductory MicrobiologyDental Assisting Expanded Function
Introductory Microbiology LabPre-Clinic I
Introduction to PsychologyPre-Clinic II
Oral AnatomyClinical Training I
Biodental ScienceClinical Training II
Dental MaterialsClinical Training III
COURSE METHODOLOGY

  • Lectures & Lab
  • Course work
  • Instructor led discussions
  • Worksite learning
VENUE OF STUDY

  • Information & Learning Center, Gulf Medical University
  • GMC Hospital, Ajman
ASSESSMENT: Pretest / Post-test 
For academic advising and planning of their study schedule applicants are requested to contact: The CCECO Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Director, Center for Continuing Education & Community Outreach, Gulf Medical University, Al Jurf, Ajman, UAE.

Continuing Education Units
The course has been accredited for eighteen continuing education (CE) units awarded by the University. Although these CE units cannot be transferred to satisfy credit requirements in any diploma or degree level courses in which the candidates may enroll at a future date, they could be counted in advancement of career by the relevant institutions.

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