Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DAS 110 - Preclinical Dental Assisting

4 Credits

This course provides foundational didactic content and preclinical/laboratory practice of essential dental assisting skills and chairside dental assisting functions. Topics include examination and assessment procedures, equipment and materials, instrumentation techniques, treatment procedures and the legal supportive functions/skills performed by a licensed dental assistant during restorative procedures. Preclinical practice will prepare students for clinical externship experiences in the spring semester. Two class hours and four laboratory hours per week. **DAS 110 SLN is offered as part of the D.A.R.T. online DA program.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the organizational structure of the dental team.
2. Describe the duties of various dental professionals.
3. Describe the educational requirements of each member of the dental team.
4. Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of dental team members.
5. Construct accurate general and periodontal charting systems.
6. Demonstrate accurate general and periodontal charting procedures.
7. Apply techniques of safe and efficient four-handed dentistry.
8. Describe the functions of specific dental instruments.
9. Describe the proper processing and sterilization of specific dental instruments.
10. Apply procedures for the operation of the dental unit and equipment in the dental operatory.
11. Apply infection control procedures for disinfection of the dental operatory.
12. Apply techniques for assembling, breakdown and transfer of an anesthetic syringe.
13. Apply techniques for matricing during restorative procedures.
14. Demonstrate procedures for isolation during restorative procedures.
15. Demonstrate procedures for evacuation and moisture control during patient treatment.
16. Demonstrate the legally delegated restorative functions of a licensed, certified dental assistant permitted by the New York State Dental Practice Act.
17. Demonstrate accurate manipulation of and placement of various dental cements.
18. Collect and document patient's vital signs.
19. Collect and document a patient's medical history.
20. Apply procedures to perform an orofacial examination.

Course Offered Fall only

DAS 115 - Orientation to Dental Assisting Clinical Practice

1 Credit

This course will provide orientation activities and didactic coursework to prepare the students for the mandatory clinical externship experience. Coursework will include orientations to clinical externship facilities, review of policies and protocols, clinical observation requirements, HIPAA regulations and compliance and professional clinical practice issues. Twelve conference hours, 28 experiential hours.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of DAS 110, DEN 111, DEN 112, DEN 113, and DEN 211.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply policies and procedures required for each clinical site as presented in orientation materials and activities.
2. Describe the dynamics of the dental team in various practice settings.
3. Describe the function of and role of the dental laboratory.
4. Explain the objectives of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
5. Describe how to achieve and maintain HIPAA compliance.
6. Describe best practices for patient management for a variety of patient populations, treatment procedures, or practice settings.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

DAS 117 - Biomedical Foundations for Dental Assisting Practice

3 Credits

This course will offer a didactic component that will include higher level science-based theory and case study investigation to expand the student's educational foundation, clinical application, critical thinking skills and ability to research and interpret new technologies and procedures to enhance patient treatment and promote oral health care. Three class hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Explain the differences between anatomy and physiology.
2.Name and locate select body systems.
3.Describe signs or symptoms of common disorders related to select body systems
4.Define oral embryology.
5.Define oral histology.
6.Identify oral facial landmarks.
7.Describe patient nutrition related to oral health.
8.Identify dental caries as an infectious disease.
9.Describe the infectious or inflammatory processes of periodontal disease as they relate to select body systems.
10.Describe the goals of preventive dentistry.
11.Describe various styles of patient communication theory.
12.Describe the signs or symptoms of a variety of oral pathologies.
13.Differentiate between a drug's chemical, generic, and brand or trade names.
14.Describe how to research patient medications using evidence-based databases.

Course Offered Spring only

DAS 120 - Clinical Dental Assisting Practice

4 Credits

This course is the clinical phase of the program and will emphasize practical application of clinical dental assisting skills as students rotate through various dental practice facilities. Students will have opportunities to observe procedures, actively practice dental assisting functions and work with dental professionals in general dentistry and specialty practice settings. A conference component provides an opportunity to discuss clinical experiences, introduce advanced and alternative treatment modalities, discuss patient education and patient management issues, learn about medically compromised patients and emergency procedures and discuss ethical, legal and professionalism issues related to dental practice and patient treatment. Twenty-two and a half (22.5) clinical hours and one conference hour per week.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of DAS 110, DEN 111, DEN 112, DEN 113, DEN 211.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Apply the knowledge and skills of dental assisting to clinical sites.
2. Describe ethical and legal issues related to professional practice.
3. Explain a process for making an ethical decision.
4. Describe common medical and dental emergencies.
5. Describe procedures for management of emergencies in a dental treatment setting.
6. Identify common medically compromised patient populations.
7. Describe effective procedures to manage medically compromised patients.
8. Describe the concept of cultural competence.
9. Explain various models used to describe individual's identification of culture and diversity.
10. Discuss the influences of culture and diversity on the patient's understanding of disease and health.
11. Explain strategies to implement culturally and linguistically competent dental health care.
12. Describe clinical issues at clinical sites.
13. Explain alternatives in treatment procedures at clinical sites.
14. Prepare a table clinic presentation.
15. Execute a table clinic presentation.

Course Offered Spring only

DAS 121 - Dental Assisting Clinical Experience

1 Credit

This course accompanies DAS 117 and includes the clinical experience requirements necessary for completion of the Dental Assistant Rapid Track (DART) program. Students must successfully pass all skill competencies and meet or exceed the specific clinical experiences and hour requirements. This course will provide an opportunity to apply dental assisting skills in a clinical setting. Students will actively participate in and practice dental treatment procedures in both general dentistry and specialty areas. Specific skill competency will include those functions/procedures allowed by the New York State Education Law. 500 experiential hours.

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Provide proof of completion of and competency in the skills required to perform dental assisting functions that are legal for a licensed dental assistant in New York State.
2.Explain the concepts of dental caries management in order to educate a patient.
3.Explain the concepts of gingival and periodontal disease management in order to educate a patient.
4.Describe effective patient management strategies for a specific patient population

Course Offered Fall and Spring

DAS 122 - Advanced Biomedical Sciences for Dental Assisting Practice

2 Credits

This course will focus on didactic content in biomedical sciences to provide the foundational knowledge to assess and adapt to individual patient needs, provide relevant and current patient education, deliver safe and effective patient treatment and understand oral diseases and treatment options. Topics will include: embryology and histology, preventive dentistry, oral pathology, microbiology, nutrition and pharmacology. Two class hours.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of DAS 110, DEN 111, DEN 112, DEN 113, DEN 211

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe how the process of embryologic development impacts patient assessment and treatment.
2. Describe how the histology of the tissues of the teeth impact oral health and disease.
3. Describe how the histology of the supporting tissues of the periodontium impact oral health and disease.
4. Describe how nutrition relates to oral health.
5. Construct a dietary evaluation for a specific patient.
6. Describe the decay process.
7. Explain how the decay process is influenced by histology.
8. Explain procedures for management of dental decay.
9. Explain the objectives of preventive dentistry.
10. Demonstrate proper oral self-care techniques.
11. Construct an appropriate home care plan for a specific patient.
12. Describe common oral pathological conditions.
13. Explain how oral pathological conditions impact patient assessment and treatment.
14. Identify the common categories of drugs encountered by dental professionals.
15. Explain how the different categories of drugs used by patients may impact their treatment.
16. Describe how prescriptions are managed in dental practice.
17. Explain how the decay process is influenced by nutrition.

Course Offered Spring only

DAS 227 - Dental Specialties Procedures

2 Credits

This course will focus on treatment procedures specific to a variety of dental specialty practices. Topics will include treatment procedures, instrumentation and armamentarium for treatment, patient education, pre and post- operative instruction, patient management techniques and the role and responsibility of the dental assistant in each specialty practice. Laboratory practice will focus on practice of competency skills including expanded functions that support and deliver patient treatment. One class hour and two laboratory hours per week.

Successful completion of all first semester DAS and DEN courses.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the scope of practice of dental specialty practices.
2. Describe the treatment procedures related to each of the dental specialty practices.
3. Describe the dental materials utilized in each of the dental specialty practice.
4. Describe patient management techniques utilized in each dental specialty practice.
5. Describe patient education procedures utilized in each dental specialty practice.
6. Describe the role of the dental assistant in each dental specialty practice.
7. Demonstrate the legally delegated functions of a New York State licensed, certified dental assistant in each dental specialty practice.
8. Describe the interrelationship between each dental specialty practice and the general dental practice.
9. Describe how specific specialty procedures are integrated into general dentistry practice.
10. Compare patient safety measures in each dental specialty practice.
11. Describe infection control procedures within each dental specialty practice.
12. Describe ethical and legal issues within each dental specialty practice.
13. Describe communication techniques within each dental specialty practice.

Course Offered Spring only

DAS 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology