Course Description: Students will receive initial exposure to dental health science technical skills applicable to all dental health occupations. This course provides an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the dental field. Students are required to meet both national and intrastate professional guidelines as designated by applicable regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Georgia Board of Dentistry. Competencies for the co-curricular student organization HOSA are integral components of both core employablilty standards and technical skills standards. HOSA activities are incorporated throughout the instructional strategies developed for the course. The prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Healthcare Science.
Text: Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach
Course Requirements: One major test per objective
Performance of skills relevant to each objective
One vocabulary lesson per week
Work ethics appropriate to being successful in a dental career
Topics Covered: Employability Skills
Standard Safety Practices
Healthcare roles and systems
Laws, Regulations, and Ethical Considerations in the Dental Fields
Communication methods in healthcare
Maintaining equipment and instruments used in dental procedures
Materials Needed: iPad
Pen, pencil and paper
$20.00 HOSA Club dues
$7.00 for CPR card
Grading Policy: Labs and Projects = 50%
Final Exam = 10%
Employability Skills= 20%
Class Policies/Rules: All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.
Make Up Work: For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the grading period window once the time has passed. Re-Test Policy: Any student can retest any test regardless of the grade on the test provided that the student attends tutoring as directed by the teacher. The student must retest within two weeks of the grade being returned. The higher of the two grades will be recorded. This excludes, but not limited to benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as EOC Milestones, SLOs, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), major projects and/or research that required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (i.e.research paper).
Exam Exemption: Exam exemption policies must be approved by the superintendent each school year. Any and all exemption polices do not apply to EOCTs, AP exams or other PSD mandated examinations.
Late Assignment Policy: Students are expected to turn in all completed assignments at the time scheduled by the teacher. Any assignment turned in late will result in a 10 point deduction per day late in the grade.
Homework Policy: Students are required to complete homework and turn in the completed assignments when requested. Failure to turn in homework will result in a 10 point deduction per day late in the grade.