Jul 15, 2024  
2019-2020 Archived Catalog 
2019-2020 Archived Catalog

DAST-121 Dental Jurisprudence

Credits 1 / 1 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into ENGL-100 (ACSR-100), completion of ELAP-120 with a 2.0, or completion of RDNG-030, ACLT-075 or ACLT-076. Co-requisite: DAST-120 , DAST-122 , DAST-123 , DAST-124 , DAST-125 , DAST-126 , DAST-127  and DHDA-114 . Note: Division signature is required for registration.
This course includes the principles of law and legality related to dentistry. It is an introduction of types of law contracts liabilities of practice and the Michigan Dental Practice Act.

Course Outcomes
1. Define the following terms: abandonment, breach of contract, certification, civil law, consent, contract, criminal law, defendant, dental jurisprudence, deposition, ethics, expanded functions, law, legal duty; liable, liability, libel, licensure, malign, malpractice, negligence, plaintiff, reasonable skill, care and judgment, reciprocity, registration 2.  State the function of the following as they apply specifically to dentistry within Michigan: Bureau of Occupational and Professional Regulation, Attorney General’s Office, Board of Dentistry, Governor, Senate, Legislature 3. Describe the composition of the Michigan Board of Dentistry, their terms and the process by which they are appointed 4. Describe the role of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and the State of Michigan, in establishing minimum standards in dental education 5. Identify expanded functions that are legal for dental assistants in Michigan and describe legal requirements for performing these functions 6. List 3 elements which must be present in a valid contract and describe at least 2 kinds of contracts and breach of contract 7. Describe the duties required of both the patient and the dentist in the dentist-patient relationship 8. State how the doctrine of respondeat superior affects the liability of the dental assistant for a negligent act 9. List the 4 elements which must be present for a tort to have been committed 10. Describe how the dentist may legally withdraw from a case 11. List 5 factors necessary for valid consent 12. Identify at least 5 types of acts for which the dentist may be held professionally liable 13. Discuss the responsibilities of the auxiliary as described in the term “reasonable skill, care and judgment” 14. Discuss risk management as it pertains to the dental assistant.