The Infection Control Certificate Program is one of the courses offered under the iEducations Dental Assistant Training Center.

Program Director:  Paola M.
Program Instructor: Carolin N.
Program Inquiry:
 [email protected] or 650-448-9471

Infection Control Certificate Program Course Description:

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the rationale, regulations, recommendations, and training that govern infection control in a dental office.
  • Demonstrate the protocols for disinfecting, cleaning, and sterilizing prior to seating the patient and at end of treatment in operatories, in the dental radiography area, and in the dental laboratory.
  • Describe how pathogens travel from person to person in a dental office.
  • Describe the three primary routes of microbial transmission in a dental office.
  • Demonstrate the principles of infection control including medical history, handwashing, PPE, barriers, chemical disinfectants, ultrasonic cleaners, sterilizers, and instrument storage.
  • The use of various disinfectants and their application in dentistry.
  • The usage of different types of sterilizers.
  • Demonstrate different types of sterilization monitors such as biological and process indicators.
  • Demonstrate the use of pre-procedure mouth rinses, high volume evacuation, dental dams, disposable items (ex. sharps), and maintaining waterlines.

Course Syllabus:

  • UNIT 1: Infection Control and Infectious Diseases in Dental Healthcare Settings
    • Chapter 1: Key Concepts in Infection Control
    • Chapter 2: Transmission and Prevention of Infectious Diseases in Dental Healthcare Settings
    • Chapter 3: Infectious Diseases of Concern in Dental Healthcare Settings
  • UNIT 2: Elements of Infection Control in Everyday Practice
    • Chapter 4: Infection Control Practices in Dental Healthcare Settings
    • Chapter 5: Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-Care Items
    • Chapter 6: Environmental Infection Control
    • Chapter 7: Dental Waterlines, Biofilm, and Water Quality
    • Chapter 8: Special Considerations
  • UNIT 3: Infection Control Policies and Procedures at the Facility Level
    • Chapter 9: Elements of an Infection Control Program

Upon completion of this course, the student will be issued a California Dental Association Certificate.