Review the following standards to examine your ability and compatibility with the physical activity and demands, professional and clinical condition requirements of dental assistants. Sample tasks and skills are listed below with normal time frames.
Occasionally Dental Assistants must be able to:
Frequently Dental Assistants must be able to:
Constantly Dental Assistants must be able to:
Physical Demand Requirements
Dental Assistants must be able to:
Heavy clinical assignments
Visual Acuity Requirements
Professional Duty Requirements
Warnings and Notifications of Hazards and Risks
All occupations have inherent risks that prospective students should be aware of. The purpose of this Warning of Hazards and Risks is to bring students' attention to the existence of potential dangers in the Dental Programs and to aid them in making an informed decision concerning participation in the Program, and in signing the Informed Acknowledgement of and Consent to Hazards Risks Form.
Occupational hazards for the field of radiology include, but are not limited to:
• Exposure to infectious disease which may lead to side effects or death
• Exposure to hazardous chemicals or substances
• Accidental injury in the clinical setting or enroute to or from a clinical site
• Injury or illness that can affect one's personal health or the health of an unborn child
An injury or illness can impair one's general physical and/or mental health and may hinder one's future ability to earn a living; engage in business, social, or recreational activities; or generally impair one's ability to enjoy life. There may also be risk of injury, illness, or death resulting from causes not specified in the Warning and Notification of Hazards and Risks.
In addition to acknowledging hazards and risks, the applicant must take responsibility regarding matters of safety involving self and others. After receiving instruction, students will be expected to demonstrate safety practices designed for radiology and all clinical procedures. Students must inform appropriate faculty or any relevant personal medical condition that might be hazardous or risky to self or others. A student may be required to submit permission from his/her personal physician to participate in dental assisting education activities.
Upon entering the Dental Assistant Certificate Program, the student will be required to sign an Informed Acknowledgment of Consent to Hazards and Risks form.
The dental health care worker provides services in an environment that includes blood and saliva. Diseases may be encountered in this type of environment. However, research shows that risks are negligible when appropriate infection control procedure/barrier techniques are used. Upon entering the program, there is in-depth training to meet the protocol for a hazard-free, safe learning environment. Students are required to complete Health Requirements and have CPR certification before entrance into the program.
Students are required to have a physical exam, including an eye exam, before starting the Fall Semester. Lab exams are required and include: CBC, Urinalysis, RPR/VDRL, Mumps Titer, 2-Step PPD, Diphtheria Toxoid & Tetanus Toxoid, MMR vaccination record or Rubella Titer, Hepatitis B (3part series). Health Requirements must be completed before Fall Semester. The School of Health Science Programs and Nursing utilize the same health requirements.