Dental Assisting - Program Goals
Goal 1: provide dental assisting students the knowledge of dental theory to perform clinical techniques;
Goal 2: prepare dental assisting students to perform all expanded duty procedures which are legally delegated to dental assistants in the State of Oklahoma;
Goal 3: prepare dental assisting students to successfully complete the Dental Assisting National Board Examination;
Goal 4: prepare dental assisting students and graduates with knowledge of a dental assistant's role related to employment and as a allied dental team member;
Goal 5: support and encourage the continuation of the learning process through formal education and personal development;
Goal 6: prepare graduates and students to participate in community dental health services.
Physical and mental qualifications
Certain minimal physical and mental qualifications are necessary in order to perform the skills required of an allied dental student. In order to be considered for admission into and progression through the Rose State College Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Program, the student must have:
- The motor ability necessary to ambulate independently in patient clinic operatory, laboratory and other work areas.
- Visual acuity sufficient to observe and assess patient behavior, prepare instruments and accurately operate equipment.
- Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, and monitor equipment.
- The motor ability necessary to manipulate equipment and supplies and to utilize fine psychomotor skills for patient assessment and treatment.
- The ability to speak, write, and comprehend the English language proficiently.
- The ability to communicate in a professional manner and establish rapport with patients, peers, colleagues, and Program staff and personnel.
- The ability to think critically and use problem-solving skills.
- The ability to resolve conflicts appropriately and function effectively in stressful situations.
Rose State College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities in order for students to have access to educational programs and services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should make the initial request for accommodation to the Counselor for Students with Disabilities. See RSC Student Handbook for details.
Infectious/contagious disease transmisson
Bloodborne Infectious and Contagious Diseases: By law, when performing healthcare functions, dental assistants and dental hygienists must protect the health and safety of the public. The Allied Dental Programs written policy regarding treatment of individuals with bloodborne infectious diseases is available upon request. This policy is in accordance with the Guidelines on Infected Health Care Workers adopted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Guidelines, and Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Rules and Regulations Chapter 35.
Dental and allied dental healthcare workers provide services in the oral cavity and come in contact with blood and saliva. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control procedures are practiced. The Allied Dental Programs adhere to current OSHA Guidelines for infection control, based on input from the Center for Disease Control. Procedures undergo periodic review and are updated to meet the most current guidelines. All patients are treated following “standard/universal precautions."