- Administrative aspects: The history of dentistry and dental assisting, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, policies and guidelines.
- Clinical aspects: Introduction to oral anatomy, dental operator, dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure, primary and permanent teeth, the oral cavity and related structures, proper patient positioning, dental hand-pieces, sterilization and other areas.
The program teaches students pharmacy-related knowledge and other information such as the Pharmacy Technician Mathematical Calculation to become well prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination provided by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
With the Pharmacy Technician Mathematical Calculation an important component of this course, WorkKeys© Applied Mathematics assessment for mathematical competency is a prerequisite. Students must achieve at least a Silver (mid-level) score on the applied math assessment to be eligible to enroll in this course.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
The Industry Recognized Credentialed (IRC) program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. CCMA training includes 144 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs with additional integrated clinical rotations at a local medical facility, followed up with an additional 60-90 hours of a clinical externship at a local health care provider.
Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will cover the following topics during class in preparation for their national certified clinical medical assistant exam: Health care systems and settings, Medical Terminology, Basic Pharmacology, Nutrition, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical patient care, Infection control, Testing and laboratory procedures, Phlebotomy, EKG and cardiovascular testing, Patient care coordination and education, Medical administration for electronic health records and billing, Communication and customer service, Medical law and ethics, Scope of practice and Standards of care. During clinicals and externship experiences, students are provided hands-on exposure with the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology with EKG and the proper placement of leads, ethics, and demonstrating a professional workplace behavior.
To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 144-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, submit to a drug screening and meet other requirements. The additional clinical hours will be scheduled one-on-one for the student. Upon successful completion of the classroom portion and clinical rotation/externship, students will be eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national examination. The NHA CCMA exam is a Wyoming/Regional Industry Recognized Credential.