Curriculum Guideline

Plan for Direct Patient Care

Effective Date:
Course Code
CHDA 1214
Plan for Direct Patient Care
Dental Assisting
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 60 Field Experience: 5
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Audio-visual materials
  • Field experience


Course Description
This course will provide the learner with knowledge, skills and values required by a Level II Certified Dental Assistant to perform direct patient care. An ethical decision-making framework will enable students to utilize problem-solving skills to plan for and manage direct patient care and respond to patient-specific needs as they relate to the clinical practice of a Level II Certified Dental Assistant.
Course Content
  1. Conduct
    • Practice models
    • Professionalism
    • Ethics
    • Practice standards
    • Scope of practice
    • Code of ethics
    • Responsibility to patient
    • Responsibility to practice
    • Responsibility to self
    • Ethical decision-making models
  2. Direct Patient Care
    • Coronal polish
    • Application of anticariogenic agents
    • Application of fissure sealants
    • Application of desensitizing agents
    • Application of fluoride
  3. Oral Pathology
    • Development
    • Soft tissue
    • Teeth and bone
  4. Emergency Care Procedures
    • Management of dental emergencies
    • Syncope
    • Asthma/hyperventilation
    • Convulsions
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiac/CVA
    • Shock
    • Occupational hazards
    • Dental office emergency kit
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 1214 the student will be able to:

  1. relate ethical conduct to practice, patient and self.
  2. understand assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of direct patient care procedures and responsibilities of a Level II Certified Dental Assistant.
  3. recognize and describe common oral pathology.
  4. describe the responsibilities of a Level II Certified Dental Assistant in emergency situations.


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.

Textbook Materials

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

Which Prerequisite