Dental assistants serve as an integral member of the dental professional team working with the dentist chairside, in the dental lab and in the business office. This course introduces students to all aspects of entry-level dental assisting knowledge and skills and prepares students for the Dental Association National Board National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Certification Exam. Topics include: dental terminology, roles of the dental assistant and dental team, legal and ethical responsibilities, anatomy and physiology, dental care delivery including oral health and hygiene, prevention, clinical dentistry, chairside assisting, charting, instruments and accessories, dental lab materials and procedures, infection control, sterilization and OSHA regulations. Oral radiography is introduced in preparation for Oral Radiography class. This hands-on course provides practice on equipment in a dental lab setting.