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Applied Dental Sciences

Health Sciences
Dental Assisting
Course Code
CHDA 1108
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course will provide the learner with the skills, values and the knowledge required to practice effective infection control procedures in the dental environment.
Course Content


  1. Rationale for basic microbiological concepts
    • Ethical responsibilities
    • Responsibilities to patients
    • Responsibilities to co-workers/health care providers
  2. Basic microbiological concepts
    • Microbiology
    • Pathogens
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses
    • Fungi
    • Disease transmission/prevention
    • Cross-contamination
    • Immune system
    • Body defense systems
  3. Infection Control
    • Infection control guidelines/protocols
    • Universal precautions
    • Classification of instruments, equipment and surfaces
    • Chain of asepsis
    • Protective barrier techniques
    • Hand washing
    • Sterilization
    • Chemical disinfection
    • Treatment room cleaning and disinfection
    • Instrument recirculation
    • Special considerations
    • Waste management
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture/Laboratory
  • Group discussion/Seminar
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Audio-visual materials
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is based on course objectives, and is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policies.  An evaluation schedule is presented to the students at the beginning of the course.

A minimum mark of 65% is required to be successful in the course.

Outlines of evaluation may be subject to change.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on the Curriculum Guide 2001 Education of Certified Dental Assistants in British Columbia developed for the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology, February 2001.

Upon successful completion of CHDA 1108 the student will be able to:

  1. discuss infection control principles as related to dentistry.
  2. discuss basic microbiological concepts, modes and routes of disease transmission, cross-contamination and the body’s defense mechanisms in relationship to the problems of dental infectious diseases.
  3. describe methods, principles, and procedures for effective infection control as established by          recognized standards.
Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.