Applied Nutrition & Pharmacology

Health Sciences
Dental Assisting
Course Code
CHDA 1215
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of nutrition and pharmacology as they apply to the role of a Level II Certified Dental Assistant. The nutrition portion of this course will include an emphasis on the relationship between nutrition and dental health. The pharmacology portion of this course will emphasize commonly administered dental drugs.
Course Content
  1. General nutrition
    • Canada’s Food Guide
    • Energy needs
    • Classification of nutrients
    • Minerals
    • Vitamins
    • Water
  2. Role of Nutrition in Dental Health and Disease
    • Cariogenic foods
    • Consistency of foods
    • Oral manifestations
    • Nutrition misinformation
  3. Dietary Evaluation Plans
    • Dietary histories
    • Nutritional Balance
    • Sucrose intake
    • Dietary changes
  4. Pharmacology
    • Terminology
    • Prescription writing
    • Storage
    • Administration
    • Adverse reactions
  5. Action of Dental Pharmaceuticals
    • Anaesthetics
    • Fluoride
    • Antibiotics / antifungal
    • AnalgesicsNarcotics
  6. Oral Manifestations of Diseases/Medications
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Adrenocorticoids
    • Oral contraceptives
    • Antiasthmatics
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Group discussion
  • Case studies
  • 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 1215 the student will be able to:

  1. apply basic nutrition concepts.
  2. recognize the role of nutrition in health and disease.
  3. propose dietary evaluation for dental patients.
  4. use pharmacology terminology.
  5. discuss general considerations for storage, administration, and precautions with drugs in the dental office.
  6. describe the action of drugs used in the dental office.
Textbook Materials

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




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.