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Course Syllabus

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

       Dental Careers

       Laws, Regulations, and Ethical Considerations in the Dental Fields

       Communication methods in healthcare

       Medical abbreviations

       Infection Control


      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%

                                       Tests= 20%

                                        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.