Laboratory Facilities 4-3
4-3 An adequate multipurpose laboratory facility must be provided for effective instruction and allow for required laboratory activities. If the laboratory capacity requires that two or more sections be scheduled, time for all students to obtain required laboratory experience must be provided.
Laboratory facilities must contain the following:
a) placement and location of equipment that is conducive to efficient and safe utilization;
b) student stations that are designed and equipped for students to work while seated including adequate ventilation (exhaust) and lighting, necessary utilities, dust collection equipment, storage space, and an adjustable, comfortable chair;
c) documentation of compliance with applicable local, state and federal regulations.
The laboratory facilities should include an appropriate number of student stations with equipment and space for individual student performance of laboratory procedures with instructor supervision. This Standard applies to all sites where students receive clinical instruction.
1. How many work areas (student stations) are there in the laboratory(s) used for instruction in dental science courses such as dental materials? If applicable, provide the same information for distance education sites.
The program utilizes its regular classroom where there are 20 student stations. It was designed as a classroom and laboratory specific for the dental hygiene program.
In 2006, the college renovated an area adjacent to the clinic to serve as a laboratory for the dental hygiene program. This room is four times the size of the previous lab and relocated adjacent to the clinic facility. This lab can accommodate 20 or more students. This room is primarily used as a dental lab for all clinic and classroom procedures such as study casts, mouth guards, and bleaching trays. This room also serves as a secondary classroom for the program.
2. List the type(s) and quantity of equipment provided for each work area. If applicable, provide the same information for distance education sites.
In the dental hygiene classroom (E1160) each work area is 23” X 52” and is equipped with: a dental unit light and a reading light; an extendable writing tray; 4 locked drawers; an electrical outlet; typodont mount; and adjustable chair.
In the dental hygiene lab, there are no specific work areas. It is a large room with 3 large tables, 20 chairs, 2 long countertops with 4 sinks, under cabinet lighting, and several drawers and cabinets for supplies and storage.
3. List the type(s), number and location of general use equipment and instruments such as lathes, model trimmers and vibrators. If applicable, provide the same information for distance education sites.
The dental hygiene program laboratory, which is adjacent to the clinic, houses the general use equipment including: 3 Buffalo vibrators; 2 Torit model trimmers with shields; 1 Proform vacuum former; 3 Tray magic trimmers; 1 butane torch; 15 articulators; 8 Emesco belt drive engines; 3 balance scales; 1 lathe; 2 whip mixes; 2 Varimix II amalgamators; and 5 water baths.
Please refer to Exhibit XX Student Purchased Equipment and Exhibit YY for a complete list of all equipment, supplies and instruments provided by the program.
B. Supportive Documentation
1. Exhibit WW: Blue print, schematic or line drawing detailing the shape and dimensions of the laboratory facilities.
2. Exhibit XX: Listing of types and quantity of instruments and small equipment purchased by students.
3. Exhibit YY: Listing of types and quantity of instruments and small equipment provided by program