Dental clinic management courses are typically offered at technical and community colleges. They are commonly part of undergraduate certificate programs in dental office management or administration and may often be completed in less than one year. Studies in dental clinic management are also incorporated into associate's degree programs in dental office management and dental assisting technology. Associate's degree programs often include an internship or a practicum component. In addition to technical studies, an associate's degree program also integrates general education courses in humanities, composition, communications, and foundational science. Typical course subjects will include:
- The history of dentistry
- Inventory control
- Software applications
- Appointment control
- Financial accounting
List of Typical Courses
Dental Office Management Course
This course teaches students about the principles and procedures needed to manage a dental clinic. Skills such as reception techniques, scheduling and form preparation are discussed. Students review the safekeeping and confidentiality of patient records and examine business and financial accounting practices.
Dental Terminology and Procedures Course
Students study the terminology and procedures used in a dental practice in this course. They explore the treatment of dental disease, oral diagnosis, dental therapeutics and medical emergency management. Advanced treatment options such as oral surgery, root canals and dentures are also discussed.
Dental Charting and Technology Course
This course explains dental charting procedures, including how to recognize common chart abbreviations and to identify components of the oral cavity. Students learn how to input information into dental databases and to use software programs.
Dental Insurance and Billing Course
The ability to properly and quickly handle insurance coverage claims and billing plays a vital role in the success of a dental clinic. Students learn to identify private and government dental insurance plans and to recognize eligibility for coverage. This course covers reimbursement methods for insurance and collection strategies for patients whose bills are past due.
Human Resource Management Course
Students gain an overall understanding of human resource management from the perspective of a manager or supervisor. They learn about designing job descriptions, recruitment, performance management and employee productivity. Employee training, disciplinary action and employee benefits and compensation are other topics presented in this course.