||Gross and fine motor abilities to assist in the provision of safe and effective care
- Calibrate and use equipment, document care; position and move patients
- Mix and dispense dental materials and perform expanded function dental procedures.
- Tactile ability sufficient for assessment and treatment.
- Perform functions related to dental materials as well as laboratory procedures and treatment procedures.
- Must have tactile sensitivity in natural fingers and strength in both hands enough to manipulate and grip small instruments and objects.
||Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in dental care.
- Observe patient responses, observe appearance and consistency of dental materials, oral findings, and determine shading and coloring of restorations.
- Must be able to distinguish colors, hue, and shades of gingival tissues, teeth, and charting information for documentation.
||Ability to listen to and react promptly to instructors, patients, dental and medical providers while working in the clinical setting or gathering information for patient care.
- Listen to patient oral health concerns
- Formulate a treatment plan based on patient needs and concerns
- Respond promptly to emergencies/sirens
- Respond promptly to the sound of malfunctioning equipment; including handpieces, ultrasonic and radiographic equipment and compressors.
- Call medical and dental providers on behalf of the patient regarding health related concerns.
||Basic technological abilities sufficient to be able to use a computer, dental software, and digital scanning and radiographic equipment
- Use of computer to document patient medical history and clinical findings.
- Expose and develop radiographs using digital radiology equipment
- Use of computer for web based research
||Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.
- Explain treatment procedures to patients
- Initiate preventative oral health education
- Document and interpret treatment rendered with clinical findings.
- Communicate effectively, respectfully and efficiently with peers, faculty, supervisors, other professionals and patients.
- Students are expected to be able to effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally. This requires the ability to see, speak, hear, read, write, and effectively utilize the English language.
- Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs and communicate with patients and other members of the oral health care team.
|Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.
- Student must be able to identify cause – effect relationships in clinical situations
- Collect and analyze clinical and radiographic data to aid in problem solving
- Assist in the development of dental treatment plans
- Assimilate knowledge from lecture, laboratory and clinical areas.
- Retain factual information and use it appropriately.
- Demonstrate sufficient observation skills to collect data on client treatment and assure patient safety during operative procedures.
- Anticipate dentist and/or patient needs before, during, and after procedure.
||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc., from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
- Student shall establish rapport with dentist, patients, and members of the community, other health care professionals and dental team members.
- Demonstrate patience and empathy with patient.
- Must be able to be aware of your own tone and pitch of voice, body language, and being aware of one’s self image and how you are portraying yourself.
||Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time in small spaces
- Sit or stand in small clinical spaces and laboratory areas.
- Ability to tolerate high frequency noises associated with a dental handpiece and ultrasonic equipment.
- Ability to tolerate the smell of and possible exposure to dental materials and cleaning agents
||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; stand and walk for extensive periods of time.
- Move around small clinical space, room to room, laboratory areas, and equipment.
- Ability to keep balance while standing or sitting, stretch, bend, turn or squat as the need arises.
- Perform multiple activities. Must be able to sit in a fixed position for an extended amount of time while assisting with dental procedures.
- Must be able to fit and sit appropriately in the dental stool or chair that can be raised at the appropriate level for assistant or operator (4”-6” above operator’s head, must be able to place stool waist bar at appropriate area for balance).
||Ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds daily.
||Position patients and move equipment and/or supplies.
|Cognitive and Intellectual Abilities
||Ability to be oriented to time, place and person; organize responsibilities and decisions.
- Student shall assess patient complaints and oral conditions and be able to assimilate and communicate information to other members of the treatment team.
- Modify behavior/performance in the classroom or clinic after feedback from instructor or clinical supervisor.
- Show problem-solving ability sufficient to organize and complete multiple tasks accurately and within assigned time frames.
- Independently initiate routine tasks
- Respond independently and quickly to emergency situations.
- Comprehend three-dimensional relationships as in anatomical relations.
- Understand spatial relationships of structures.
- Comprehend and apply clinical instructions given by department personnel.
- Ability to remember and re-call a large amount of information.
- Ability to apply critical thinking skills and regard to obtaining adequate clinical history from the patient record and documenting that information with exam findings.
- Deal with abstract and concrete variables, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
||Exhibits mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, peers, faculty, supervisors, and other professionals.
- Exercise sound judgment, complete assessment, and develop sensitive and interpersonal relationships with patients.
- Flexibility to function under stress and deal with patients and others who may be experiencing stress.
- Tolerate physically taxing workloads.
- Adapt to changing environments and flexible schedules.
- Display behavior of:
- compassion, empathy, integrity, concern for others, interest, respect and motivation, and have emotional stability.
- Ability to calmly and respectively cope in stressful situations with patients and other staff members.