# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Dental Careers II Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Dental Careers II (8329/36 weeks, 280 hours)

NOTE: This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Services prior to implementing this course. All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov.

Virginia Board of Dentistry Delegation to Dental Assistants Duties Guidance Document

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Performing Administrative Functions

  1. Schedule appointments.
  2. Manage patient conversations.
  3. Recall patients.
  4. Demonstrate accounts receivable procedures.
  5. Perform accounts payable transactions.
  6. Fill out insurance forms in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  7. Manage inventory.
  8. Demonstrate the use of common dental office computer applications.

Handling Medical Emergencies

  1. Explain the basic medical emergency procedures and rules for a dental office.
  2. List items found in basic emergency kits.
  3. Describe the causes, symptoms, and treatments of selected medical situations/emergencies.
  4. Obtain certification in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid.
  5. Demonstrate American Heart CPR and/or automated external defibrillator (AED) procedures.

Assisting with Advanced Pharmacology and Pain Control

  1. Describe the components of a prescription.
  2. Describe the signs and symptoms of drug abuse.
  3. Explain the major routes of drug administration.
  4. Describe various drugs used in dentistry.

Performing Radiographic Procedures

  1. Describe the basic concepts of radiography.
  2. Describe radiographic equipment.
  3. Describe digital radiography.
  4. Obtain radiation and health safety certification.
  5. Outline governmental health and safety standards for use of radiographic equipment.
  6. Demonstrate techniques for executing radiographic exposures in accordance with safety standards.
  7. Identify quality-control tests to ensure the production of high-quality radiographs.
  8. Demonstrate various methods of processing radiographs.
  9. Demonstrate mounting radiographs.
  10. Explain which radiographic techniques to use for patients with special needs.
  11. Maintain radiographic processing equipment.

Demonstrating Chairside Procedures

  1. Assist with an amalgam procedure.
  2. Assist with a composite procedure.
  3. Simulate assisting with basic oral surgery procedures.
  4. Simulate assisting with an endodontic procedure.
  5. Simulate assisting with a periodontal procedure.
  6. Simulate assisting with an orthodontic procedure.
  7. Simulate assisting with a fixed prosthodontics procedure.
  8. Simulate assisting with a removable prosthodontics procedure.
  9. Apply pit and fissure sealants
  10. Obtain alginate impressions for diagnostic casts.

Performing Laboratory Procedures

  1. Pour and trim diagnostic casts.
  2. Prepare a dental laboratory prescription.
  3. Mount models on a simple hinge articulator.
  4. Fabricate a custom tray.
  5. Fabricate a temporary crown or bridge.
  6. Fabricate miscellaneous appliances.

Gaining and Maintaining Employment

  1. Explain the process for gaining certification.
  2. Explain the importance of continuing education.

Describing the Opioid Crisis

  1. Describe the history and current state of the opioid crisis in the United States.
  2. Describe the history and current state of the opioid crisis in Virginia.
  3. Define the pharmacological components and common uses of opioids.

Examining the Key Factors of Drug Addiction

  1. Examine the science of addiction.
  2. Explain prevention and early intervention strategies.
  3. Identify addiction and its behavioral elements, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
  4. Describe the treatment models of addiction therapy.
  5. Describe the medication management antidote used to prevent fatal opioid overdoses.

Understanding Pain Management Protocols

  1. Explain the science of physiological and mental pain.
  2. Describe the diagnostic tools used in developing pain management plans.
  3. Describe pain treatment options available to various populations of patients.
  4. Describe the effects of opioid dependency on the human body systems.
  5. Explain the mechanism and physical effects of opioids on the human body.
  6. Explain the use of opioids in practice settings, the role of opioids in pain management, and risk factors associated with the use of the medication.
  7. Describe the withdrawal and tapering side effects of opioid use.
  8. Describe storage and disposal options for opioids.
  9. Explain community resources for education about opioid use.

Working with Patients and Caregivers

  1. Describe key communication topics involving opioids for patients.
  2. Describe communication topics for caregivers and family members.