Dental Assisting Program Application Information

Dear Prospective Dental Assisting Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Lamar State College Orange Certificate Program for Dental Assisting. This program was developed to meet the area workforce need for registered and certified dental assistants. As of September 1, 2006 all dental assistants in the state of Texas must be certified or registered.

It is projected that population growth and greater retention of natural teeth will fuel the demand For dental services thus creating opportunities for Dental Assistants. According to the Texas Labor Market Information from The Texas Workforce Commission the current salary range for Dental assistants in southeast Texas is $10.12-17.16 per hour.

Under the supervision of a licensed dentist, the Dental Assistant will perform a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties such as; assisting the dentist, techniques in sterilization, exposing and processing radiographs, suture removal, instrument transfer, patient education as well as many others. The Lamar State College Orange program is competency based and will teach the appro- priate skills, knowledge and perspectives needed to succeed in the dental assisting field. Students will be given the opportunity to obtain competence in oral and written communication as well as skills specific to dentistry and dental assisting.

Please review the enclosed information carefully.  If you have further questions or would like more information regarding this program, you may contact me at (409) 882-3022 or the Health Sciences and Workforce Technology Administrative Assistant at (409) 882-3044.

I look forward to receiving your application.

Sincerely,

Colleen Baker, RDA
Dental Assisting Program Director
Lamar State College Orange

Dental Assisting Program

Lamar State College Orange is an open-admission, lower division state institution of high education with the Texas State University System.

Our mission is:

  1. To provide academic transfer and associate degree programs to prepare students for senior colleges and universities;
  2. To provide technical certificate and associate degree programs to prepare students for employment;
  3. To provide developmental programs for students not ready for college-level work;
  4. To provide continuing education and customized training programs for those pursing areas of personal interest or upgrading employment skills and;
  5. To provide community service activities that promote economic development and cultural awareness.

Program Description

The Dental Assisting Program at Lamar State College Orange is a course of study to prepare graduates to work in the field of dentistry as a dental assistant. The 34 credit-hour curriculum should prepare students for the registration examination through the Texas Board of Dental Examiners.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Dental Assisting Program, the student is responsible for completing the admission procedure.

Admission to Lamar State College Orange and to the Dental Assisting Program is based on the following criteria:

  1. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - LAMAR STATE COLLEGE ORANGE
    1. Submit to Lamar State College Orange:
      1. Application for admission to Lamar State College Orange
      2. An official high-school transcript or GED Certification
      3. Original transcripts of all college work completed at other colleges or universities.
      4. A copy of your driver’s license.
      5. A copy of your social security card.
    Please contact the Office of Admissions and records at (409) 882-3364 if you have questions or need assistance.  Mail completed Lamar State College Orange application to:

    ADMISSIONS and RECORDS
    Lamar State College Orange
    410 Front Street
    Orange, TX 77630
  2. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM
    1. Students must meet the following admission requirements to be accepted into the Lamar State College Orange Dental Assisting Program:
      1. Possess a high-school diploma or a GED certificate
      2. Be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age
      3. Submit an online application
      4. Complete Employment History Form
      5. Obtain a clear background check from PreCheck

    Once you have completed these steps, you will be notified of acceptance or rejections within four weeks. Once you have been accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance via email that will allow you to register for your Dental Assisting courses. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the program director at (409) 882-3022 or Colleen.Baker@lsco.edu

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK FOR CLINICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Lamar State College Orange Dental Assisting

The Lamar State College-Orange Dental Assisting Program requires background checks on incoming students to insure the safety of the patients treated by students in the program.  You will be required to order your background check in sufficient time for it to be reviewed by the program director prior to registering for the dental assisting program.  A background check typically takes 3 normal business days to complete.  The background checks are conducted by PreCheck, Inc., a firm specializing in background checks for healthcare workers.  Your order must be placed online through StudentCheck. 

Go to www.mystudentcheck.com and select the name of the school, then select your Program from the drop down menu. 

Complete all required fields and hit Continue to enter your payment information.  The payment can be made securely online with a credit or debit card.  You can also pay by money order, but that will delay processing your background check until the money order is received by mail at the PreCheck office.  Texas residents will pay $41.35 and New Mexico residents will pay $40.75 Residents in all other states will pay $38.00. For your records, you will be provided a receipt and confirmation page of your background check order placed through PreCheck, Inc.

PreCheck will not use your information for any other purposes other than a background check.  Your credit will not be investigated, and your name will not be given out to any businesses. 

If you need assistance, please contact PreCheck at StudentCheck@PreCheck.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • How long does the report take to complete?  Most reports are completed within 3 business weekdays.
  • Do I get a copy of the report?  Yes.  Log into www.mystudentcheck.com and select students. Click on “here”, put in your SSN and DOB. If your application is complete, then you click on the application number to download and print a copy of your report. This feature is good for 90 days after submittal.
  • Does PreCheck need every street address where I have lived over the past 7 years? No.  Just the city and state.
  • I have been advised that I am being denied entry into the program because of information on my report and that I should contact PreCheck. Where should I call? Call PreCheck’s Adverse Action hotline at 800-203-1654.  Adverse Action is the procedure established by the Fair Credit Reporting Act that allows you to see the report and to dispute anything reported.
  • I have a criminal record.  What should I do?  Disclose the crime on your application. 

Financial Aid
Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment is available to qualified students.  Lamar State College Orange requires all students applying for aid to file the general Application for Student Aid.  Students wishing to be considered for scholarships should request the scholarship application.  Information regarding financial aid, scholarships and eligibility criteria can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, 409-882-3317.

Students interested in financial aid must apply before they gain acceptance into the program.  Financial aid applications can take up to eight weeks to process, so students should apply eight weeks before classes start.

Scholarships
Scholarships are funds that cover a portion of the student’s expenses. A limited number of Lamar State College Orange and endowed scholarships are available to students who qualify based on academic merit and/or need.  Scholarship recipients must have a grade point average above 2.0 to be considered.  The amounts and number of awards vary each year depending on available funding and the student’s need.  Scholarship information and applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.  In addition to LSCO scholarships, a variety of scholarships are available through local organizations, churches and businesses.

ESTIMATED EXPENSES DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM

EXPENSES

TEXAS RESIDENTS

OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS

Tuition/Fees:

ESTIMATES

 

First Semester
13 credit hours

$1820*

$7215

Second semester
17 credit hours

$2380*

$9435

Third semester
4 credit hours

$560*

$2200

Textbooks
(DNTA Courses only)

$420

$420

Physical Exam/Health Data Form

$100

$100

Tuberculin Skin Test

$15

$15

Hepatitis Vaccine - Series of 3

$150

$150

Liability Insurance (required)

$15

$50

Uniform(s)/shoes

$150

$150

Name Pin

$6

$6

Cap and Gown

$42

$42

Criminal Background Check

$45

$45

TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSES

$5,703

$19,793

Tuition/fee listed above are as printed in the Lamar State College Fall 2020 Class Schedule.  Future amounts may be different.

See www.lsco.edu/tuitionfees.

Texas and Louisiana residents pay the same in state tuition.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

At the completion of the Dental Assisting Program, the student will have been given the opportunity to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the dental care team’s role in the health-care industry, including quality improvement processes that may be used to monitor the dental health team’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities within a given health-care system.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the duties and responsibilities of the certified dental assistant, including standards of ethics and jurisprudence governing dental practice;
  3. Have a working knowledge of the pharmaceutical-medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols commonly used in the prescribing, dispensing, and charting of medications in the dental office;
  4. Have a working knowledge of the skill required to systematically collect and document diagnostic data in the dental office;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skill required to perform a various clinical supportive skills in the dental office;
  6. Demonstrate the ability to perform the essential functions relating to purchasing and inventory control of dental office supplies and equipment;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and skill required for management of business office procedures for the dental office;
  8. Demonstrate the ability to use therapeutic communication in the dental office in both verbal and written form.
  9. Have a working knowledge of biomedical sciences and the procedures and techniques related to blood borne pathogens and hazard communications standards;
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of radiation safety measures and the production of diagnostic radiographs; and,
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of materials used in intra-oral and laboratory procedures.

Curriculum Outline*

Lamar State College Orange
FICE Code: 023582
www.lub002@lamar.edu
Dental Assistant Program
Level I Certificate in Dental Assisting
CIP Code: 51.0601

CURRICULUM OUTLINE

1st Year

1st Sem

Fall

Prefix

Number

Course Name

Course Type

Weekly Lec Hrs

Weekly Lab Hrs

Ext Hrs

Cont Hrs

Cred Hrs

DNTA

1401

Dental Materials

WECM

3

2

0

80

4

DNTA

1305

Dental Radiology I

WECM

2

2

0

64

3

DNTA

1311

Dental Science

WECM

2

2

0

64

3

DNTA

1315

Chairside Assisting

WECM

2

3

0

80

3

Semester Totals

12

9

0

336

13

2nd SEM

Spring

DNTA

1241

Dental Laboratory Procedures

WECM

1

2

0

48

2

DNTA

1245

Preventive Dentistry

WECM

1

2

0

48

2

DNTA

1249

Dental Radiology Techniques

WECM

1

2

0

48

2

DNTA

1251

Dental Office Management

WECM

1

2

0

48

2

DNTA

1353

Dental Assisting Applications

WECM

2

2

0

64

3

DNTA

1660

Clinical I -Dental Assistant

WECM

0

0

18

288

6

Semester Totals

6

10

18

544

17

4th SEM

Sum II

DNTA

2461

Clinical II-Dental Assistant

WECM

0

0

32

192

4

Semester Totals

0

0

32

192

4

Program Totals

21

19

50

1120

34

Course Descriptions

DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials     4-3-2
Introduction to the theory and structure, properties, and procedures related to dental materials.  Laboratory safety and universal infection control precautions will be employed. Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1305-Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311- Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.

DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology     3-2-2
Introduction to radiation physics, protection, the operations of radiographic equipment, exposure, processing and mounting of dental radiographs.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1401- Dental Materials, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication

DNTA 1311 - Dental Science     3-2-2
An introduction to anatomical systems with emphasis placed on head and neck anatomy.  The supporting oral structures, embryology of the teeth, and tooth nomenclature are covered.  Topics include the physiology and morphology of the deciduous and the permanent teeth along with basic dental terminology.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.

DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting     3-2-3
An introduction to chairside assisting procedures, instrumentation, infection control, equipment safety and maintenance.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.

DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures     2-1-2
The study of dental laboratory procedures including skills associated with chairside assisting; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts; preliminary impressions; and fabricating provisional restorations. Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry, DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques, DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management, DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications, and DNTA 1660 - Clinical I -Dental Assistant.

DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry     2-1-2
The study and prevention of dental diseases, community dental health research and projects, fluoridation, nutrition, and nutrition counseling, visual aids, and oral hygiene instruction for dental patients.  Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures,  DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques, DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management, DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications, and DNTA 1660 - Clinical I -Dental Assistant.

DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques     2-1-2
The practical application of exposing, processing and mounting of dental radiographs obtained by utilizing various radiographic techniques.  This course will encompass critical evaluation of all procedures.  Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures,  DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry, DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management, DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications, and DNTA 1660 - Clinical I -Dental Assistant.

DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management     2-1-2
An introduction to businessoffice procedures, including telephone management, appointment  control, receipt of payment for dental services, completion of third-party reimbursement forms, supply inventory maintenance, data entry for charges and payments, managing recall systems, and operating basic business equipment including the computer.    Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures,  DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry, DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques,  DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications, and DNTA 1660 - Clinical I -Dental Assistant.

DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications     3-2-2
The procedures and applications for the specialties of dentistry.  Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures,  DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry, DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques,  DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management, and DNTA 1660 - Clinical I -Dental Assistant.

DNTA 1660 - Clinical I - Dental Assistant     5-0-18
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training, and workplace experience and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site.  Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty.  On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation, and placement are the responsibility of the college faculty.  Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.    Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication.  Recommended co-requisites: DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures,  DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry, DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques,  DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management, and DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications.

DNTA 2461 - Clinical II - Dental Assistant     4-0-12
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training, and workplace experience and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site.  Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty.  On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation, and placement are the responsibility of the college faculty.  Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.    Required Pre-requisites:   DNTA 1401 - Dental Materials, DNTA 1305 - Dental Radiology, DNTA 1311 - Dental Science, DNTA 1315 - Chairside Assisting, and SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication, DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures,  DNTA 1245 - Preventive Dentistry, DNTA 1249 - Dental Radiology Techniques,  DNTA 1251 - Dental Office Management, DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications, DNTA 1660 - Clinical I - Dental Assistant, and ENGL 1301 - Composition I.

Policies applicants should be aware of

  1. HIV Status Policy
  2. Blood-Borne Pathogen Policy
  3. Infectious Disease Policy
  4. All students admitted into the Dental Assisting Program are required to show proof of the following before entering DNTA 1660;
    1. Current CPR card
    2. Immunization Information
    3. Hepatitis B vaccination

STUDENT POLICY REGARDING HIV STATUS

Effective September 1, 1991, the State of Texas House Bill HB7 imposed on all Texas health care professionals various requirements designed to prevent the transmission of HIV from health care workers to their clients.  Under this law, care workers include “individuals in the course of training or educational program in the health professions.”  Thus, the law applies to all the dental assisting students at Lamar State College Orange during the time they are involved in patient care.

It is each LSCO student’s responsibility to understand the legal and professional/ethical ramifications of the law and to comply with the law’s requirements.  In general, the law requires that all health care workers adhere to UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS and that individuals with educative lesions (draining sores) or weeping dermatitis (reddened areas that leak clear fluid) refrain from patient care and the handling of patient equipment and devices used in invasive procedures until the condition resolves.  To ensure that all students are familiar with UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS, course content on this subject will be included in the program.

If a student is unsure of his/her HIV status, anonymous testing is available through the following agency:

Orange County Health Department 2014 N. 10th Street Orange, TX By appointment- Minimal fee

If a student is HIV positive, he/she must advise the director of the dental assisting program.

BLOOD BORNE PATHOGEN POLICY

In the event a student is exposed to a blood borne pathogen (specific eye, mouth, or other mucus membrane, non intact skin, or contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials) he/she must immediately notify the dentist and the clinical instructor. *Failure to notify both will result in termination from the program. *

Students are responsible for any costs of treatment.

The instructor will visit the site as soon as possible (that day) and an incident report will be completed.

Students should follow protocol at the dentist office for treatment.

Students who refuse to have any treatment measure performed MUST sign a refusal of medical evaluation form.

Students who have three or more incidents of blood borne pathogen exposure may be dropped from the program.

INFECTION CONTROL POLICY

 

STUDENTS AT ALL TIMES WILL PRACTICE STANDARD BLOOD AND BODY SECRETION PRECAUTIONS:

  1. STUDENTS WILL WASH THEIR HANDS PRIOR TO PROVIDING CARE TO ANY PATIENT.
  2. STUDENTS WILL WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLONG ANY BODY SECRETION.
  3. STUDENTS WILL REMOVE THEIR GLOVES AND WASH THEIR HANDS PRIOR TO PERFORMING ANY OTHER DUTIES.

SCRUPULOUS HAND WASHING IS THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST ALL TYPES OF INFECTION.

STUDENTS SHOULD REVIEW THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR INFECTION CONTROL IN EACH CLINICAL FACILITY PRIOR TO PROVIDING CARE TO CLIENTS IN THAT FACILITY.

  1. Wear gloves – at all times during patient care.
  2. Wear gloves, gown, mask and goggles – when the possibility of being splashed occurs:  i.e. high-speed aerosol.
  3. Dispose of needles and sharps properly – recap using scoop method or recapping device only.  Place needles in sharps containers.
  4. Resuscitation – use mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, or ventilator devices.  Students are not encouraged to perform mouth-to-mouth breathing without protective mouthpieces.
  5. Wash hands – before and after contact with each patient, and after contamination.
  6. Wash hands before applying gloves and after removal of gloves.
  7. Clean spills – any blood or body fluid spills should be cleaned promptly, using gloves and a disinfectant solution provided by the health care agency.
  8. Mercury spills – use mercury spill kit.
  9. Students must follow institutional guidelines for affiliated clinical agencies.
  10. In the event that a student is exposed to any blood or body fluid, notify the instructor/clinical instructor immediately.

Registration

Registration information for Lamar State College Orange may be obtained from the Office of Admission and Records located in room 341 in the Ron Lewis Library at 410 Front Street or by calling 883-3364.

Registration information for dental assisting classes may be obtained from the Office of Advising and Counseling, located in the Ron Lewis Library – room 355 at 410 Front Street or by calling (409) 882-3340.