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Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC 2014 Catalogue Volume 2 Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC 3715 Bloomington St., Ste 160 Colorado Springs, CO E. Lincoln Avenue, Suite #800 Lone Tree,
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Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC 2014 Catalogue Volume 2 Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC 3715 Bloomington St., Ste 160 Colorado Springs, CO E. Lincoln Avenue, Suite #800 Lone Tree, Colorado Castle Pines Parkway, Suite C-8 Castle Rock, Colorado Phone (719) Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board (303) Table of Contents Faculty and Administration... 3 Statement of Purpose... 5 Office Hours... 5 Academic Calendar... 5 Holidays... 5 Academic Requirements... 5 Description of Curriculum... 6 Course Numbers and Hours... 6 Program Outline... 7 Standards of Satisfactory Progress and Completion... 9 Attendance Policy Description of Certificate Awarded Tuition and Financial Arrangements Refunds and Cancellation Physical Facilities and Equipment Placement Services Transfer of Credits Disclosure Statement Student Records Student Academic Conduct and Policy Student Services Student Grievance Policy Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 2 - Instructors Faculty and Administrators of Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Faculty Nicole Forsythe, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant Experience: Manages 11 dental assistants as the Lead Assistant for 9 general dentists and specialists and has over 4 years experience. Trains and mentors new dental assistants. Manages the supply orders for 3 dental practices. Earned her Expanded Duties Dental Assistant experience through on the job training. Is certified in Radiology, Nitrous Oxide, Chairside Dental Assisting, CPR, and OSHA regulations. Andrea Burris, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant Experience: Managed 3 dental assistants as the Lead Assistant for 2 general dentists and specialists and has over 10years of experience with specialization in periodontics. Hired, trained, and mentored new dental assistants and worked with student interns to master basic skills of dental assisting. Manages the scheduling and supply orders for 2 dental practices. Certified in Radiology, Nitrous Oxide, Chairside Dental Assisting, CPR, and OSHA regulations. Natalie Robinson, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant Experience: Has 2 years as an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. Is certified in Radiology, Chairside Dental Assisting, CPR, and OSHA regulations. Senior Instructors Scott Frederick, DDS Education: Graduated with Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Experience: Currently is part owner in 3 different dental practices. Has experience in oral diagnosis, treatment planning, operative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics, periodontics, and preventive dentistry with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry. Provide afterhours emergency care. Was officer in charge of the only dental clinic in North Eastern Afghanistan. Douglas Peak, DDS, Owner of Colorado Dental Assisting School LLC Education: Graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Minnesota. Experience: Owned and operated multiple general and specialty dental practices for over 35 years in Minnesota and Colorado. Member of the American Dental Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 3 - Association, Colorado Dental Association, and recognized as a Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry. Administration Andrew Peak, President, Owner of Colorado Dental Assisting School LLC Education: Graduated with a Master s of Business Administration degree from The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, majored in Finance and Marketing. Experience: Has 5 years experience building, managing and operating multiple profitable general and specialty dentist practices. Manages over 50 employees at multiple locations. Andrea Smalls, Director of Education Education: Graduated with a Bachelor s degree in Technology from Cameron University Experience: Monitors and reports on accounts receivable, production, collections and unscheduled treatment plans. Handles human resources and payroll for multiple locations. Verifies, submits and collects on insurance claims. Experienced in all administration duties of a dental office. Has previously credentialed a dental laboratory and dental assisting school. Is a Certified Dental Assistant and is certified in CPR and X-ray. Mindy Anderson, Financial Controller/Project Manager Education: Graduated with a Master s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance. Experience: Prepares monthly financials for multiple locations. Generate key performance indicator reports. Research various accounting issues. Help with special projects. Processes accounts payable. Developed accounting procedures and internal controls. Prepared annual budgets. Prepared year-end financial fore-casts. Helped process tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Ramona Pacheco, Admissions Officer Education: Graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration Experience: Has 9 years of healthcare/dental experience including managing specialist schedules, treatment planning, and making patient financial arrangements. Is one of the moral leaders among staff in a multi-dentist practice. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC is a Limited Liability Company and is licensed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Education. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 4 - Statement of Purpose The mission of Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC is to provide an introductory program in dental assisting in a working dental office. Upon graduation, the student will be provided with a certificate of satisfactory completion of the course, a dental assistant pin, and a letter of recommendation. The graduate will have a working knowledge of entry level dental assisting and be able to begin a career as an entry level dental assistant. Office Hours Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC s office hours are Monday thru Friday 8am to 5 pm and during class hours. Academic Calendar Classes are held 4 times per year starting in January, March, May, and September tentively. Enrollment is accepted up to one week prior to the 1 st class of each term, by filling out the registration form and submitting it to Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC s office. Late enrollment is permitted upon the discretion of the Director of Education. Classes are held for 10 consecutive weeks excluding holidays. Optional externships will be available after each 10 week course is completed. Holidays Colorado Dental Assisting School s will be closed on New Year s Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Admission Requirements 1. Student must be at least 18 years of age. 2. Student must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 5 - Description of Curriculum The curriculum of the school consists of one program at this time, Entry Level Dental Assisting Course Numbers and Hours DA 1.1 Dental Theory and Terminology 10 Hours DA 1.2 Receptionist / Front Office 10 Hours DA 1.3 Four Handed Dental Assisting 20 Hours DA 1.4 Radiology 8 Hours DA 1.5 Cements and Liners 5 Hours DA 1.6 Impressions and Model Trimming 5 Hours DA 1.7 Sterilization Techniques 10 Hours DA 1.8 Pharmacology and Anesthesia 5 Hours DA 1.9 Job Interview and Placement Assistance 5 Hours DA 1.10 CPR Certification class 2 Hours DA 1.11 Optional Externship Program The course numbering system uses a five or six digit alpha numeric identifier. The prefixes are characters that represent the type of course and the suffixes are numbers that represent the sequence in which they are taught. A clock hour is defined as a minimum of 50 minutes of supervised directed instruction and appropriate breaks. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 6 - DA1.1 Dental Theory and Terminology Entry Level Dental Assisting Program Outline A. Dental and oral anatomy, tooth identification and numbering system B. Anatomy and physiology of the head and neck C. Instrument nomenclature and identification for all aspects of General Dentistry D. Dental terminology E. Equipment operation, chair positioning, assistant equipment usage F. Treatment options available, depending on oral conditions DA1.2 Receptionist Front Office Management A. Phone techniques and appointment book control B. Billing; accounts receivable and accounts payable C. Filing insurance forms and pre-treatment estimates D. Insurance terminology E. Paperless office DA1.3 Four Handed Dental Assisting A. The taking and recording of vital signs B. Hand washing techniques and practices C. First aid training and emergency care D. Instruction in HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention E. Safety techniques while working in the laboratory or with patients F. Instrument transfer techniques, chair-side assisting and patient suctioning G. Body mechanics for the patient and assistant H. Tub and tray systems of instruments and materials I. Familiarity and use of instruments and materials in assisting for: 1.Operative Dentistry amalgam and composite fillings 2.Oral Surgery instruments, procedures and post-op protocol 3.Crown and Bridge impression taking, temporary fabrication, cord packing, hemostatic agents, introduction into various crown types 4.Endodontics instruments, medicaments and materials; how and why they are used 5.Periodontics disease origin and usual treatment methods 6.Pedodontics commonality and differences in treating children vs. adult patients DA1.4 Radiology A. X-ray theory and technique, use of Rinn holders and other methods B. Intraoral, bitewing, panoramic, and endodontic exposure methods C. Working with Digital X-rays and Cephalometric projections D. X-ray interpretation, safety and precautions. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 7 - DA1.5 Cements and Liners A. Introduction to various cements and liners used in dentistry B. Practice mixing cements and liners DA1.6 Impressions and Model Trimming A. Impression materials and practice in their uses: alginates, polyvinyl silicone, etc. B. Wax bites, counter impressions C. Model pouring and trimming DA1.7 Sterilization Techniques A. Sterilization theory and terminology, autoclave operation B. Instrument and equipment sterilization/disinfection C. Treatment room disinfection and asepsis techniques D. Handpiece care and maintenance DA1.8 Pharmacology and Anesthesia A. Functions of pharmacology and anesthesia as they relate to dentistry B. Common drugs or their reactions/allergies as they relate to dentistry C. The use of PDR (Pharmaceutical Drug Reference) D. Topical anesthetics and their proper application/side effects DA1.9 Job Interview and Placement Assistance A. Proper image, dress, resume, and how to prepare for the job interview process B. Difficult questions you may face how to answer them C. Do s and don ts during the interview DA1.10 CPR Certification A. Proper technique in CPR DA1.11 Optional Externship A. Optional hours available to spend in a working dental office B. Opportunity to perform all tasks learned in class Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 8 - Standards of Satisfactory Progress and Completion A graduation certificate, letter of recommendation, and pin will only be awarded to those students attaining a 70% or above grade average. Those students whose grade average is below 70% will not receive a certificate and letter of recommendation but will be allowed to retake the entire program (if desired) at a reduced fee of $2000. A mid-term examination will be given at the mid-point and final written examination will be given at the end of the program. Each exam is worth 33% of the final grade. The final 34% of the grade is from a practical exam given on the last day of the program. Should the student receive a failing grade on the mid-term examination or is not progressing in a satisfactory manner, the student will be informed in writing and be given an opportunity to raise their grade on the final written and practical exam. Grades will be provided to the student at the end of the class in which the exams are given. The grading scale used is: % A 84-92% B 76-83% C 70-76% D Below 70% F Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page - 9 - Attendance Policy Successful performance in the school s courses is dependent upon regular student attendance and participation. It is the School s expectation that students will participate in every class, independent of whether attendance is formally part of the course grade. Excused Absences 1. Excused absences are authorized by the Colorado Dental Assisting School. Anticipated excused absences must be cleared with the instructor prior to the event, and religious observances must be declared at the beginning of the course. An independent official must verify unanticipated or emergency excused absences. Examples of excused absences and the required documentation and verification are offered in the Following tables: Anticipated: Official Colorado Dental Assisting School holiday Required court or jury appearance Required military obligation Religious observances Required Documentation: No verification required Clerk of the Court Copy of orders; or commanding officer Student initiated request Emergency or Unanticipated: Extraordinary illness or injury Death of Family member Inclement weather / Open campus Required Documentation: Physician Copy of death certificate, family relationship Highway department closed road verification 2. Upon failure of the student to notify the instructor in advance (anticipated) or immediately upon return (emergency), the instructor may consider the absence unexcused. Instructors have the right to ask for written, independent verification of an Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page excused absence before classifying the absence as excused, or before providing any accommodations for the absence. 3. Students are responsible for identifying anticipated absences at the beginning of the quarter in order to give instructor time to mentor the student about possible accommodations and to provide counseling about whether the student should continue in the course. Students who know in advance about numerous excused absences should avoid, when possible, select course dates. 4. The lack of attendance or class participation as a result of excused absences cannot be counted against a student in a class with required attendance or participation, unless such absences are so numerous as to interfere with the learning process or to preclude an adequate evaluation of student performance in which case an administrative solution should be explored. 5. Students are responsible for materials covered in classes missed during an excused absence. It is the student s responsibility to verify excused absences and to contact the instructor for completing missed materials and assignments. 6. For students with excused absence(s), faculty members will provide accommodations consistent with the number of assignments missed, pedagogy of the discipline, and time frame available. Any makeup accommodations must be at a time and place mutually agreeable to the instructor and student. Accommodations are restricted to material(s) for which the student was originally responsible. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following: a. appropriate substitute assignments, examinations, quizzes, or projects b. assignment of individual extra credit equivalent to the missed graded assignment(s) c. recalculation of grade on remaining assignments Unexcused Absences 1. Student absences that do not meet the criteria for an excused absence are classified as unexcused. 2. Faculty are under no obligation to allow students to make up, or to provide any grading adjustment for, a missed assignments as a result of an unexcused absence. Instructors may have class policies that lower a student s grade because of unexcused absences. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page 3. A student who believes a faculty member s attendance policies are inconsistent with school s policies or unfair for the circumstances should discuss the situation with the instructor. Religious Observances 1. While Colorado Dental Assisting School is a private institution governed by secular policies, instructors have a legal and moral obligation to accommodate students who must miss class because of religious observances. Instructors are encouraged to plan examinations and graded assignments to minimize conflicts with major religious holidays. Students must notify instructors at the beginning of the course about religious conflicts with graded assignments outlined in the syllabus. 2. Students and instructors are encouraged to exercise sound judgment pertaining to absences associated with the observance of religious, or ethnic, holidays. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page Description of Certificate Awarded A certificate similar to the one shown here will be awarded upon completing the program with a passing grade Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Certifies That Mary Brown Has satisfied all requirements and duly completed the educational program sponsored by this institution in Dental Assisting And has met the requirements for the State of Colorado and State Board of Dentistry for Dental Assisting. In witness, this Certificate of Achievement has been awarded on August 10, 2013 Douglas Peak, DDS Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page Tuition and Financial Arrangements The tuition for the Entry level dental assisting program offered by this institution is: $ The above tuition covers all costs for the program, including the $100 non-refundable registration fee. Lunch is not provided, however several eating establishments are within short walking distance. The tuition may be paid using one of the following arrangements: 1. Cash or Check: Accept personal checks via payment in full five days prior to the first day of class 2. Credit Cards: Accept all credit cards via payment in full prior to the first day of class 3. In-house Payment Plan: Accept $100 registration fee (refundable up to 30 days before session). Three installments: $1,325 (1st day of class), $1,325 (14th day of class), and $1,245 (28th day of class) 4. Long-term Financing: Accept and arrange for outside financing for those that are approved from Care Credit or Enhance Patient Financing, or Lending Tree. 5. Grants: The Workforce Center offers Workforce Investment Act (WIA) grants to people who qualify. Arrangements must be made prior to the first day of class. We do not qualify for most other government student grants (Pell) as the program is not the one year length those programs require. The program will run ten (10) consecutive weeks (excluding holidays), eight classroom hours per week for a total of eighty (80) classroom hours of instruction. This will include lecture material as well as clinical hands on training. In addition, there is approximately 60 hours of home study plus an optional externship where you will be able receives practical on-the-job training. The tuition fee includes all of the following: Textbook: Modern Dental Assisting, Torres & Ehrlich, 10th Edition (Saunders) Published 2011 Textbook: Concepts in Dental Assisting , Richard Erickson, DDS, 4th, Edition (DCI Publishing) Published 2012 All training and visual aids, materials and dental supplies used in the clinical training. A set of professional scrubs A teeth whitening kit. ($100 value) CPR Certification Use of all equipment and instrumentation with actual hands on training during the program of study. There are no hidden costs or expenses once you get started. Colorado Dental Assisting School, LLC Page A Certificate in Entry Level Dental Assisting, Dental Assistant pin, and a letter of recommendation outlining your training and experience will be awarded to all students who have attained a 70% or above grade average. The following skills are
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