CE Hours: 35 Lecture, Hands-On, Workshop
Admission Criteria: high school diploma or GED equivalency is required
Upon finishing each program the attendee will receive:
- Summary of training
- Letter of recommendation
- Certification in radiology approved by the BORID (Board of Registration in Dentistry)
- Infection control in the dental health care setting update
- Certification: American Heart Association two year BLS Healthcare Provider card
This unique program builds a solid foundation of the requisite skills for entry-level dental assistants. It is a combination of didactic and hands-on classes and is especially beneficial to newly hired dental assistants who have yet to receive adequate training. This affordable program also benefits dental practices so that their new employees can gain necessary skills and knowledge.
Please note: The radiology lecture will be held on Friday, September 26 with the clinical session on Saturday, September 27, 2014
Radiology lecture and clinical session are included in the program.
Introduction to Dental Assisting and Basic Terminology
The dental team, history of dental assisting, operatory, dental specialties, dental vocabulary and terminology
CPR/BLS/Dental Practice Emergencies
CPR, identification and preparation for treating common medical and dental emergencies
Dental Charting and Medical History Review
Dental anatomy, cavity classifications, charting symbols, documentation, abbreviations
Patient Management (Positioning)
Importance of preparing the patient for dental treatment, explaining treatment, giving post-operative instructions, creating patient acceptance, patient positioning in chair, seating of the dental
Infection Control (Risk Management, OSHA, Waste Management, Sterilization)
Modes of disease transmission, disinfection and sterilization methods and equipment, personal protective equipment
Basic Clinical Skills and Four Handed Dentistry
Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting
Dental Materials/Instruments/Tray Systems
Categories of, usages, handling, mixing, and precautions for common dental materials and some newer products
Impression materials, theory, uses, manipulation of alginates
Model Pouring and Temporary Crown
Pouring models, fabrication of temporary crown, finishing and seating of provisionals. Personal protective equipment.
To enable auxiliaries to expose, process, mount and evaluate radiographs and to be qualified to expose radiographs in MA according to BORID
Pamela Donovan, CDA, RDH, MEd, dental assistant instructor, Blackstone Valley Technical High School,
former instructor, Quinsigamond Community College, dental hygiene and former Oral Health Consultant for the Department of Public Health and a practicing clinical dental hygienist
Kathy Eklund, RDH, director, occupational health and safety, The Forsyth Institute and adjunct faculty member, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Mount Ida College
Anita Gohel, BDS, PhD, diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Oral Medicine;
director, oral diagnosis and radiology and associate professor, department of general dentistry, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Ellen Gambardella, CDA, MEd, former director, dental assisting, Minuteman Career and Technical Training School and has been appointed by the Department of Education to develop dental assisting teacher licensing examinations for Massachusetts
Kelly Hartman, MEd, certified CPR/AED/first aid instructor
Mary Ellen Sholes, AAS, dental radiology technologist, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
(Included in the fee)
Prepare to Take the DANB CDA Exam Seminar
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: Registration: 8:30 am, Seminar: 9:00 am-2:30 pm
Instructor: Pamela Donovan, CDA, RDH, MEd
*Please note: This program is not a formal training program pursuant to regulations under consideration by the Board of Registration in Dentistry
Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met. Call (800) 342-8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather. Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the basic dental assisting course offered at Massachusetts Dental Society. As a teacher and someone who has never worked in the field of dentistry, I was a little nervous that I would be unable to keep up with the class. However, I was able to follow along with ease. The curriculum, as well as the binder full of notes, power points, and other materials were a very helpful resource. I enjoyed the hands-on and interactive lessons, which helped me apply what I was learning in the lectures to a ‘real-life’ scenario. The staff at MDS was very friendly and supportive and were always asking if they could be of help to anyone in the class. This class was a great introduction into the field of dentistry, and I would highly recommend this course to anyone. It was a great experience and helped me develop a further interest in dentistry. Thank you MDS!” - Meghan Croft
Class is subject to cancellation if enrollment is not met.
Call (800) 342-8747 ext. 250 for information on cancellations due to inclement weather.
Free cancellation up to 10 days prior to course date