Health Science & Medical Technology
Dental Assisting / 1
This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of three designed for dental assisting. Emphasis is placed on the areas of dental specialization, organization of the dental health team, legal/ethical/compliance issues, head and neck anatomy, dental nomenclature, dental anatomy, dental pathology, microbiology and dental infection control, pharmacology, anesthesiology, and the impact of nutrition on dental health.
Dental Assisting / 2
This competency-based course is the second in a sequence of three designed for dental assisting. Emphasis is placed on procuring a patient’s medical/dental history and vital signs, completion of a dental chart, and the instruments/materials/techniques used in chairside procedures and dental emergencies.
Dental Assisting / 3
This competency-based course is the last in a sequence of three designed for dental assisting. Emphasis is placed on dental office management procedures, dental radiography, digital radiography, and in-service clinical practice.
Health Information Tech / 1: Terminology
This class is the first in a sequence of five designed for health information technology. It provides students with project-based experiences in medical and dental health informatics. Technical instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety policies and procedures, resource management, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on medical word formation, analysis, spelling, pronunciation, abbreviation, and applications, an overview of healthcare specializations, and understanding of case reports, body systems, clinical/diagnostic/surgical procedures, pathological conditions, and medications. Practice in the use of a medical dictionary and other medical reference books is also included. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.
The class consists of theory and clinical preparation to include: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmaceutical settings, duties and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician, pharmaceutical terms, abbreviations and symbols, metric and apothecary systems, drug requirements, record-keeping, dispensing prescriptions, knowledge of manufacturing, packaging, and labeling of drug products. At the successful completion of this course, students will be qualified to register with the California State Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. Students will perform community classroom activities while under the direct supervision of a pharmacist.