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Pre-Dental Assisting

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is designed to help prepare students for admission to the Dental Assisting Certificate. Students enrolled in this CSC are not yet accepted into the Dental Assisting Certificate, but are completing their developmental (if required) and general education courses.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: This CSC is designed to prepare students to succeed in the Dental Assisting Certificate.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Students applying to this program must also complete Reynolds placement tests and submit an official high school transcript, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling and college transcripts (if applicable) to Central Admissions and Records. The transcript must document completion of high school biology and one unit of high school math with a grade of “C” or better, or completion of Reynolds equivalent BIO 1 and MTE 2 with a grade of “S,” or completion of comparable college-level courses with a “C” or better. Students must complete all Reynolds developmental coursework prescribed as a result of placement tests.

PROGRAM NOTES: This CSC accepts new students in the spring, summer, and fall semesters of each year. Students must declare their plan as Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate (plan code 221-120-01) and will be assigned the Dental Assisting Certificate (plan code 120).

Students must report to Enrollment Services following placement testing for interpretation of scores and assistance with developing a course schedule to complete the Pre-Dental Assisting CSC. All developmental courses must be completed with a passing grade of “S” and prerequisite courses with a “C” or better.

Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Certificate is limited, so contact with the program head is imperative.  Completion of the Pre-Dental Assisting CSC does not guarantee admission to the Dental Assisting Certificate program.  Students must maintain a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA to be considered for the Certificate. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  If the number of applicants exceeds the enrollment space available for the Dental Assisting Certificate program, then some applicants may not be accepted for a particular semester even if the minimum requirements for admission are met.  Those students will be placed on a space available list from which students will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Selected students may be carried over to the next enrollment semester for definite enrollment.

Students wishing to enter the Dental Assisting Certificate at the beginning of a fall semester must have all developmental and prerequisite courses completed by the end of the previous spring semester.  Students wishing to enter in the beginning of a spring semester must have all requirements completed by the end of the previous summer semester or previous fall semester (if space is available).

After completing all developmental and prerequisite courses, students will need to interview with the program head to be eligible to enter the Dental Assisting Certificate.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Those students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB. 
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

HLT 105

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1

0

1

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 1151

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

PSY 200

Principles of Psychology

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

0

11

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Pre-Dental Assisting 11

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1 CSC 155 can be substituted for ITE 115.

HEALTH

HLT 100 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2 cr.

Focuses on the principles and techniques of safety, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.Lecture 2 hours per week.

HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1 cr.

Provides training in coordinated mouth-to-mouth artificial ventilation and chest compression, choking, life-threatening emergencies, sudden illness, and AED skills for adults, children, and infants. Equivalent to EMS 100.Lecture 1 hour per week.

HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2 cr.

Focuses on the principles and techniques of safety and first aid.Lecture 2 hours per week.

HLT 110 Concepts of Personal and Community Health 3 cr.

Studies the concepts related to the maintenance of health, safety, and the prevention of illness at the personal and community level.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 115 Introduction to Personal and Community Health 1 cr.

Introduces and focuses on the principles of personal and community health.Lecture 1 hour per week.

HLT 116 Introduction to Personal Wellness Concepts 3 cr.

Explores the relationship between personal health and physical fitness as they apply to individuals in today's society. Includes nutrition, weight control, stress, conditioning, and drugs.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 119 First Responder 3 cr.

Provides knowledge and proficiency in basic life support and in actions necessary to minimize patient discomfort and prevention of further complications. Meets requirements for Virginia certification as a first responder. Equivalent to EMS 101.Prerequisite: CPR certification at the health care provider level.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 121 Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse 3 cr.

Explores the use and abuse of drugs in contemporary society with emphasis upon sociological, physiological, and psychological effects of drugs.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3 cr.

Provides an understanding of medical abbreviations and terms. Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling, pronunciation, and usage. Emphasizes more complex skills and techniques in understanding medical terminology.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 145 Ethics for Health Care Personnel 1 cr.

Focuses on ethical concepts of health care. Emphasizes confidentiality; maintaining patient records; personal appearance; professionalism with patients, clients, and associates; and an awareness of health care facilities.Lecture 1 hour per week.

HLT 200 Human Sexuality 3 cr.

Provides a basic understanding of human sexuality. Includes anatomy, physiology, pregnancy, family planning, venereal diseases, and sexual variations.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 203 Men's Health 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the male anatomy and examines health status from birth to death from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include major, chronic, and infectious diseases; mental health, andropause, stress, sleep, aging, exercise, nutrition, sexual health, and grooming; and the impact of a male role model on health.Total 3 hours per week.

HLT 204 Women's Health 3 cr.

Explores current issues related to women's health and wellness with an emphasis upon prevention of disease and optimum well-being. Takes a multi-ethnic approach to exploring the most up-to-date findings, diagnostic tools, and treatments for breast cancer, reproductive tract illness, heart disease, and other common diseases faced by women from puberty through menopause.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 215 Personal Stress and Stress Management 3 cr.

Provides a basic understanding of stress and its physical, psychological, and social effects. Includes the relationships between stress and change, self-evaluation, sources of stress, and current coping skills for handling stress.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 226 AIDS Awareness 2 cr.

Provides basic understanding of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Includes information on the etiology of AIDS, historical perspectives, signs and symptoms, HIV antibody testing, safer sex guidelines, AIDS in the workplace (including health care settings), psychosocial issues, death and dying issues, homophobia, and HIV transmission and prevention.Lecture 2 hours per week.

HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development 3 cr.

Teaches the relationship between nutrition and human development. Emphasizes nutrients, balanced diet, weight control, and the nutritional needs of an individual.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 250 General Pharmacology 3 cr.

Emphasizes general pharmacology for the health-related professions, covering general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, and routine mathematical calculations needed to determine desired dosages.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 261 Basic Pharmacy I 3 cr.

Explores the basics of general pharmacy, reading prescriptions, symbols, packages, and pharmacy calculations. Teaches measuring compounds of drugs, dosage forms, drug laws, and drug classifications. Part I of II.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HLT 250.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 262 Basic Pharmacy II 3 cr.

Explores the basics of general pharmacy, reading prescriptions, symbols, packages, and pharmacy calculations. Teaches measuring compounds of drugs, dosage forms, drug laws, and drug classifications. Part II of II.Prerequisites: HLT 250 and HLT 261.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 298 Seminar and Project in Health (Pharmacy Technician) 4 cr.

Provides the student with an overall perspective of the pharmacy technician's role in practice through virtual simulation and field experience in retail and clinical pharmacies.Prerequisite: HLT 261.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HLT 262.Lecture 4 hours per week.

Name Program Email Phone
Nancy Daniel Pre-Dental Assisting CSC ndaniel@reynolds.edu 523-5380