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DA0047: Dental Assisting Concepts and Practice [DACP] Part I

Date: 11/01/2013 - 10/01/2014 Course Status: Completed
Facility: Online Location: Online
Level: Basic Audience: Assistants
Quota: 1 - 1000 students Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 11.00 (Total CDE); 11.00 (DANB Clinical)
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The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider
The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

Effective dental assistants possess a core set of knowledge and skills. For individuals who are new to dental assisting and are trained on-the-job, it is critical to have a curriculum they can follow to become competent. For more experienced dental assistants, it is important to have a curriculum to review concepts and learn new techniques that have been recently developed.

The purpose of DACP is to offer a curriculum that can be taken by on-the-job trainees who need to develop basic dental assisting competencies or more experienced dental assistants who want to renew their skill set. DACP Part I includes: Infection Control, Tooth Dental Anatomy, Universal Numbering System, Moisture Control, Tofflemire Matrix Band and Wedge, and Dental Dam.

Participation in DACP requires a local dental program to make a commitment to:

  • Schedule a specific time each month for staff development.
  • Purchase of supplemental textbooks.
  • Arrange use of computer with Internet access, and with a printer.
  • Designate an individual who is able to support training, assess skill development, and provide oversight of an individual's progress toward achieving learning competencies.

    Course developed February 2010. Reviewed 2012. Course revised November 2013.

  • Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this course, a participant will be able to:
    •   Create a safe environment to prevent or reduce the risk of disease transmission to patients and dental staff.
    •   Correctly and easily identify parts and surfaces of teeth.
    •   Correctly and easily identify teeth by using universal numbering system.
    •   Correctly and easily identify different methods to control moisture in the oral environment.
    •   Correctly and easily identify components and purpose of Tofflemire, matrix band and wedge.
    •   Correctly assemble, place, and remove Tofflemire and matrix band without assistance.
    •   Identify and explain purpose of dental dam items and materials.
    •   Safely and appropriately place and remove a dental dam.

    Disclosure Policy:

    It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

    None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

    Concerns or complaints about this course may be directed to IHS CDE Coordinator or to ADA CERP (



    Tuition Payment Information:

    Tuition Policy:

    Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.

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