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Dental Assisting Program Curriculum

Instructors: Johanna Arce/Yaroslav Yarmolyuk

  • The practice of general dentistry
  • Dental specialties (orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery)
  • Role of dental assistant
  • Role of expanded duty dental assistant
  • Dental office overview: equipment, setting up and breaking chairs, procedure tray set up
  • LAB: Dental chair set-up, tray set-up
  • Anatomy of the Oral Cavity
  • Dental anatomy (tooth structure, type of teeth)
  • LAB: typodont review
  • Numbering teeth (primary, permanent, Universal system, Palmer notation)
  • Dental anomaly (missing teeth, peg-shaped laterals, etc.)
  • LAB: records review
  • Setting up chairs (morning)
  • Procedure tray set up
  • Breaking down chairs (at the end of the day)
  • LAB: Chair set-up, tray set-up
  • Assistant duties
  • Suctioning
  • Four-handed dentistry
  • LAB: Four-handed dentistry
  • Anesthetics (topical, local)
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Anti-Anxiety/sedation
  • LAB: Anesthetics
  • Antibiotic Pre-Medication
  • Analgesics
  • Medical history and medical records
  • LAB: Medical record taking
  • Pathology of teeth (decalcification, caries)
  • Pathology of soft tissues (gingivitis, periodontitis)
  • LAB: Case review
  • Congenitally missing teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral and dental trauma
  • LAB: Case review
  • Direct dental restorations (composite filling, amalgam filling, bonding)
  • Indirect restorations (crowns, onlays, inlays, bridges)
  • LAB: Instrument and material review, four-handed dental assisting
  • Removable dental restorations (partial dentures, fixed dentures, implant-supported dentures)
  • Implants and implant-supported restorations (fixed, removable)
  • LAB: Instrument and material review, four-handed dental assisting
  • Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): gloves, safety goggles, masks, etc.
  • Hepatitis and HIV: What Every Dental Healthcare Worker Needs to Know
  • Hand Hygiene: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers
  • LAB: PPE, chair set up
  • Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-care Items in Oral Healthcare Settings
  • LAB: Disinfection and instrument processing (ultrasonic, autoclave, etc.)
  • Radiology overview
  • Intraoral radiology (periapical, bitewings)
  • LAB: X-ray taking
  • Radiology overview
  • Extraoral radiology (panoramic, cephalometric)
  • LAB: X-ray taking
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry (extended duty assistants)
  • Periodontics
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • LAB: Instrument and material overview
  • Restorative dental materials (amalgam, composite, bonding agents)
  • Cements
  • LAB: Introduction to materials
  • Impression materials (alginate, PVS)
  • Stones
  • LAB: Impression taking and model pour up
  • Coronal polishing State regulations
  • Coronal polishing procedure
  • Pit and Fissure sealant State regulations
  • Pit and Fissure sealant placement procedure

Orthodontic Assisting Program Curriculum

Instructors: Melisa Campos/Roxanne Santana/Yaroslav Yarmolyuk

  • Practice of orthodontics
  • Role of an orthodontic assistant
  • Advanced dental anatomy
  • Abnormalities of teeth and malocclusions
  • Common orthodontic problems
  • Instrument overview
  • Orthodontic assistant duties
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Orthodontic instruments
  • Orthodontic instruments cont.
  • Chair setup
  • Procedure tray setup
  • Consultation and records
  • Photography
  • Record taking
  • Radiographs
  • Consultation appointments
  • Orthodontic appliances and procedures
  • Fixed appliances
  • Removable appliances
  • Application of separators
  • Bonding and banding
  • Adjustments and de-bonds
  • Patient teaching
  • Oral hygiene instructions
  • Appliances instructions
  • Patient teaching cont.
  • Appliances instructions
  • Internship requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Illinois Dental Careers applicants must be 18 years or older by the time of their program completion.

20 MODULES/2.5 HOURS EACH, OFFERED TWICE A WEEK IN THE EVENING (PLEASE, REFER TO ACADEMIC CALENDAR, POSTED IN SCHOOL CATALOG, FOR DETAILS), EACH INCLUDE THEORETICAL AND CLINICAL COMPONENTS, COVERING DENTAL AND ORAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING, RADIOLOGY, IMPRESSIONS, INSTRUMENT IDENTIFICATION, RESTORATIVE MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES, LAB MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES. THE PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES CORONAL POLISHING, PIT AND FISSURE SEALANTS PLACEMENT, INFECTION CONTROL, STERILIZATION, AND ASSISTING IN DENTAL SPECIALTIES.

10 MODULES/2.5 HOURS EACH, OFFERED ON SATURDAYS (PLEASE, REFER TO THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR, POSTED IN SCHOOL CATALOG, FOR DETAILS), FOLLOWED BY A 40-HOUR ORTHODONTIC INTERNSHIP. INCLUDE THEORETICAL AND CLINICAL COMPONENTS, COVERING ADVANCED DENTAL AND ORAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, BASIC TO ADVANCED ORTHODONTIC CHAIRSIDE ASSISTING, ORTHODONTIC MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, INSTRUMENTS AND PROCEDURES, APPLIANCES, INVISALIGN, RADIOLOGY, AND IMPRESSIONS. 40-HOUR ORTHODONTIC INTERNSHIP MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN ONE MONTH FROM THE DATE WHEN THE 10 ORTHODONTIC MODULES HAVE BEEN FINISHED. ORTHODONTIC INTERNSHIP CAN BE COMPLETED AT ANY OF THE FOUR ORTHODONTIC CLINICS LISTED IN THE ACADEMIC CATALOG. STUDENTS CAN ROTATE BETWEEN THE CLINICS TO FULFILL THE INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT IN A TIMELY MANNER. INTERNSHIP FORMS MUST BE SIGNED AT THE END OF EACH INTERNSHIP DAY BY ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT AND CLINIC MANAGER. INTERNSHIP FORMS MUST BE EMAILED TO PROGRAM COORDINATOR (ILDENTALCAREERS@GMAIL.COM) AT THE END OF EVERY OTHER WEEK OF THE INTERNSHIP.

ILLINOIS DENTAL CAREERS OPERATES ON A ROLLING ADMISSION BASIS, WHERE STUDENTS CHOOSE THE START AND END DATES OF THEIR PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS THEIR OWN PACE OF STUDYING. THE ONLY REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS IS TO COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE PROGRAM MODULE EVERY TWO WEEKS IN ORDER TO STAY ACTIVE IN THE PROGRAM. IF THE STUDENTS MISS A MODULE DURING THE WEEK, THEY CAN WAIT UNTIL THIS MODULE IS OFFERED AGAIN DURING THE NEXT ACADEMIC CALENDAR CYCLE AND TAKE IT AT THAT TIME.

  • Students must complete all assigned modules in their programs.
  • Students must attain at least a 70% overall grade in their programs.

The tuition for a Dental Assisting program offered by the Illinois Dental Careers is $3,400. The program is based on 20 modules, which are offered twice a week in the evening in all of our IDC campuses(please, see Academic Calendar for details).

The tuition for the Orthodontic Assisting program offered by Illinois Dental Careers is $1,875. This program is based on 10 modules and a 40-hrs orthodontic internship. The modules are offered on Saturdays at all of our campuses (please, see Academic Calendar for details). Internship can be done at the same location as well as three other orthodontic clinics (please, see Orthodontic Assisting Program description above).

For those students who choose to enroll in both programs, the total cost of tuition comes down to $4642 instead of $5275 (12% savings).

Additionally, tuition includes all of the following:

  1. Lectures: handouts and instructional materials
  2. Clinicals: Training materials and dental supplies
  3. Access to state-of-the-art technology
  4. Dental/Orthodontic Assisting Certificate
  5. Dental Assistant’s Pin
  6. Clinical fees
  7. Access to Google Classroom

Note that students are responsible for the scrubs and gym shoes or clogs to wear in class.

DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM PAYMENT PLAN: $1000 DOWN PAYMENT UPON SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT, FOLLOWED BY 8 WEEKLY PAYMENTS OF $300.

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTING PAYMENT PLAN: $750 DOWN PAYMENT UPON SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT, FOLLOWED BY 6 WEEKLY PAYMENTS OF $187.50.

DENTAL AND ORTHODONTIC ASSISTING PROGRAMS COMBINED, PAYMENT PLAN: $1000 DOWN PAYMENT UPON SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT, FOLLOWED BY 10 WEEKLY PAYMENTS OF $364.20

  • Illinois Dental Careers shall, when a student gives written notice of cancellation, provide a refund in the amount of at least the following:
  • When a notice of cancellation is given before midnight of the fifth business day after the date of enrollment but prior to the first day of class attendance by the student, 100% of tuition, and any other charges shall be refunded to the student;
  • When notice of cancellation is given after midnight of the fifth business day following the date of enrollment but prior to the close of business on the student’s first day of class attendance, the school may retain no more than the application registration fee which may not exceed $150 or 50% of the cost of tuition, whichever is less;
  • Applicants not accepted by the school shall receive a refund of all tuition and fees paid within 30 calendar days after the determination of non-acceptance is made.
  • Deposits or down payments shall become part of the tuition.
  • The school shall mail a written acknowledgment of a student’s cancellation or written withdrawal to the student within 15 calendar days of the postmark date of notification. Such written acknowledgment is not necessary if a refund has been mailed to the student within the 15 calendar days.
  • All student refunds shall be made by the school within 30 calendar days from the date of receipt of the student’s cancellation.
  • Students need to complete at least one module every two weeks to stay in the program. Not completing at least one module every two weeks shall constitute constructive notice of cancellation to the school. For purposes of cancellation the date of cancellation shall be the last day of attendance.
 
Number of Modules completed Refund amount (% of tuition)
1 100% minus the registration fee of $150
2 90% tuition
3 80% tuition
4 70% tuition
5 60% tuition
6 50% tuition
7 40% tuition
8 30% tuition
9 20% tuition
10 10% tuition
11 or more 0% tuition
Institutional Disclosures
  1. The number of students who were admitted to the Dental Assisting Program as of July 1 of this reporting period: 38.
  2. The number of students who were admitted to the Orthodontic Assisting Program as of July 1 of this reporting period: 25.
  3. The number of additional students who were admitted in the Dental/Orthodontic Assisting Programs during the next 12 months and classified in one of the following categories: a) Dental Assisting Program, new starts: 18. Orthodontic Assisting Program, new starts: 12. b) Re-enrollments: 0. c) Transfers into the program from other programs at the school: 0.
  4. The total number of students admitted in the Dental Assisting Program during the 12-month reporting period: 38.  The total number of students admitted in the Orthodontic Assisting Program during the 12-month reporting period: 25.
  5. The number of students enrolled in the programs during the 12-month reporting period who: a) Transferred out of the program or course and into another program or course at the school: 0. b) Completed or graduated from the Dental Assisting program: 38. Completed or graduated from the Orthodontic Assisting program: 12. c) Withdrew from school: 1. d) Are still enrolled in the Dental Assisting program: 0. Are still enrolled in the Orthodontic Assisting program: 0.
  6. The number of students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program who were: a) Placed in their field of study: 2. b) Placed in a related field: 3. c) Placed out of the field: 0. d) Not available for placement due to personal reasons: 0. e) Not employed: 0.   The number of students enrolled in the Orthodontic Assisting Program who were: a) Placed in their field of study: 11. b) Placed in a related field: 1. c) Placed out of the field: 0. d) Not available for placement due to personal reasons: 0. e) Not employed: 0.
  7. The  number of students who took a State licensing examination or professional certification examination, if any, during the reporting period: 0
  8. The  number of students who took and passed a State licensing examination or professional certification examination, if any, during the reporting period: 0
  9. The number of graduates who obtained employment in the field who did not use the school’s placement assistance during the reporting period: 2.
  10. The average starting salary for all school graduates employed during the reporting period: a) Dental Assisting graduates: $14.75/hr. b)Orthodontic Assisting graduates: $15.00/hr.

*Illinois Health Careers DBA Illinois Dental Careers was approved to operate by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education with no accreditation with the U.S. Department of Education.