The goal of the CTA course is to train dental assistants in the field of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and craniofacial pain disorders. Assistants will gain clinically relevant knowledge and skills, which are essential for success in a TMD practice.
After completing CTA I, you will have learned:
- The basic principles of anatomy, neurology, and pathology of the temporomandibular joint;
- The basis of making an informed diagnosis;
- The drugs used in the treatment of TMD;
- The types of imaging used in the diagnosis of TMD;
- Insurance coverage for TMD treatment;
- The principles of how to run a TMD practice.
CTA I is broken into six modules:
- Anatomy, Neurology, Pathology;
- Patient Examination & Principles of Diagnosis;
- Insurance Principles of a TMD Practice; and
- Office Operations/Stress/Communications.
Qualifications for the CTA certificate include:
- Two years experience in the medical/dental field;
- Mandatory completion of all modules in Part I and Part II of this program;
- A valid CPR certificate; and
- A passing grade on the final exam.
Note: Participants completing the CTA certificate online will write their exam remotely (e.g., in their sponsoring dentist’s office). Upon meeting all of the qualifications, participants will be eligible to receive their certificate at the next AACP Annual International Clinical Symposium.
Program length: 11.5 hours