HDA 290 - Dental Assistant Internship

Course Description

Students are assigned to dental offices in the community. 300 hours of hands-on experience includes chairside assisting in general offices, office management, laboratory techniques and expanded functions. A minimum of 200 hours must be completed in a general practice and the additional 100 hours can be in a specialty practice. Each student must also observe for four hours in each of the following: endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and periodontics. This course includes 6 hours of internship meetings with the instructor and classmates. During the internship experience, students must show progression from "O" (observed) to "W" (with assistance) to "A" (assisted alone) on their journal entries. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

HDA 240, HDA 241


HDA 286

General Education Outcomes supported by this course

Communications - Direct

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Explain basic dental theory as it relates to patient treatment.
  • Demonstrate radiographic skills with proficiency.
  • Demonstrate basic dental laboratory skills as required in general dental practices.
  • Demonstrate basic business office skills (both traditional and computerized) applicable to the business side of dentistry.
  • Provide a safe environment for patients and dental staff by incorporating best practices based on cumulative course concepts.
Human Dimension:
  • Interact with patients to promote dental care.
  • Engage with dental patients and the dental health team using effective communication skills, both written and oral.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Engage with others and have a professional, collaborative work ethic that recognizes the legal and ethical responsibility of those employed in the dental field.
  • Reflect on Michigan Board of Dentistry regulations related to training and identifying victims of human trafficking in health care settings.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Refine their clinical practice during their internships by self-evaluation within their daily journal writing.