Students in the Dental Assistant program prepare to function effectively as an essential member of the dental health care team. Successful completion of this course will prepare the student to maintain the treatment area; identify, sterilize, and disinfect instruments; maintain Universal and Standard Precautions; and assist with dental procedures. In addition, students will expose, process, and mount dental radiographs and be prepared to take the Radiation Health and Safety component of the Dental Association National Board exam. The student will also learn to record vital signs, recognize dental and medical emergencies; CPR certification is a part of the course. Also included is recognizing the legal and ethical aspects of dentistry and providing education in the prevention of dental diseases.