• Practice Dentoforms
    Practice Dentoforms

    Dentoforms are used to train students by simulating conditions they will encounter in practice.

  • Mirror & Periodontal Probe
    Mirror & Periodontal Probe

    Students use a Mirror and Periodontal Probe for disease assessment.

  • Infection Control
    Infection Control

    Students learn to use Dental Dam to reduce contamination during procedures.

  • Instruments

    DATC Students learn Instruments in order to effectively assist the Dentist when chairside assisting.

  • Radiographs

    Students learn to take Radiographs that are consistent in order to help the Dentist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

  • CPR

    As part of the DATC Dental Assistant I Program, Students become American Red Cross Certified in CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers.

  • Dental Office Operatory
    Dental Office Operatory

    Students learn about the Dental Operatory Set-up, Infection Control using Barriers and about the Dental Unit.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    As part of the OSHA and Infection Control, Students learn about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for them and for the patient.  Using barriers and wearing the proper protective items keeps everyone safe.

  • Impressions

    Students learn how to make good first impressions, In and Out of the operatory.

  • Curing Light
    Curing Light

    DATC Students learn how to use and what procedures require Curing Lights.

  • Dental Specialities
    Dental Specialities

    DATC Students learn from local area dental specialists.

Session 13 -- DATC Dental Assistant I Program | Week 1 What will I learn?

A Dental Assistant Training Centers (DATC) Orientation each student is given a Workbook, Textbook and Instrument Guide along with a copy of the Syllabus, Lecture and Instrument List for week 1 as well as the homework that is due at 8am on week 1.  There are 7 chapters due from the workbook on week 1.  This is indeed a fast paced class with only 12 Saturdays to gather all the knowledge needed to go out and get a job as a DA I.

There is a lot to read and comprehend in those first 7 chapters in your Introduction to Dentistry.  You will learn about:

  • Introduction to & History of Dentistry
  • Professional & Legal aspects of being a Dental Assistant
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Patient Care
  • Dental Exam
  • Preventative Care

At DATC we use the TELL, SHOW, DO learning experience for teaching.  After you have read all of the information in the assigned chapters of your textbook for class and turned in your homework then:

  • The instructor(s) will go through the powerpoint lecture (TELL) on all the material. 
  • The instructor(s) will take all the students to the clinic area and demonstrate (SHOW) seating a patient, going over medical history, how to instruct patients on brushing and flossing techniques and how to apply fluoride to a patients teeth.
  • The students will practice (DO) their new skills on each other or on dentoforms.

Students are assessed on their skills learned each week and then again multiple times during the 12 weeks to make sure they can execute their new skills accurately and professionally.

 "I'm a Dental Assistant and I am always learning something new"!


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