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Provide Direct Patient Care

Health Sciences
Dental Assisting
Course Code
CHDA 1360
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
1:10 Clinical, 1:30 Field Experience
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This clinical and practicum experience will provide an environment for the student to apply and adapt knowledge and skills related to medical histories, oral assessment, rubber cup polish, topical fluoride, desensitizing agents, radiographs, fissure sealants, dental health education and emergency situations.
Course Content
  1. Manage Patient Records
    • Confirm patient appointments
    • Review patient file
    • Record treatment
    • Record financial transactions
    • Maintain patient recall
    • Prepare for chart audit
  2. Observe The Dentition, Intra-oral Soft Tissues, and Tooth Deposits
    • Record clinical findings
    • Report clinical findings
    • Recognize and report deviations from normal
    • Modify proposed treatment to clinical circumstances
    • Classify abnormalities by clinical appearance and record confirmed findings using appropriate clinical terms
  3. Dental Health Education
    • Assess current home care and nutritional practices
    • Establish self care goals with the patient
    • Select appropriate self care aids
    • Instruct using principles of teaching and learning
    • Evaluate and modify patient’s application
  4. Polish Clinical Crowns
    • Perform coronal polish procedures specific to clinical findings
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of the procedure
  5. Anticariogenic and desensitizing agents
    • Select the appropriate anticariogenic and/or desensitizing agent
    • Apply using safe clinical techniques
    • Evaluate the procedure
  6. Fissure Sealants and Cavity Preparations
    • Apply isolation
    • Apply enamel sealants
    • Evaluate the finished product
  7. Dental Radiographs
    • Recognize indications and contraindications for radiographs
    • Expose and process prescribed radiographs
    • Evaluate the films
  8. Emergency situations
    • Recognize signs of medical emergencies
    • Activate emergency protocol
    • Complete required follow-up procedures
  9. Professional Standards (Ethics)
    • Perform duties within the regulations of the governing body, the professional code of ethics and as specified in Dentists Act of BC
    • Demonstrate responsibility/accountability using problem solving and decision making skills/participates as a team member
    • Demonstrates and communicates with professional attitude and confidence/complies with clinical policies and procedures
    • Demonstrates time management and organizational skills
    • Employs self-evaluation techniques
Methods Of Instruction
  • Demonstration
  • Procedure Guidelines
  • Practicum
  • Discussion
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 student at the beginning of the course.

A minimum mark of 75% is required to be successful in this 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 1360 the student will be able to:

  1. manage patient records
  2. observe the dentition, intra-oral soft tissues, periodontium and occlusion
  3. provide dental health education
  4. polish clinical crowns
  5. apply anticariogenic and desensitizing agents
  6. apply fissure sealants and acid etch cavity preparations
  7. take and process dental radiographs
  8. manage emergency situations
  9. maintain professional standards (ethics)
Textbook Materials

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


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.