Dental Assisting

Program Description

This program prepares individuals to assist with the care of dental patients under direct supervision of a dentist.  Dental assistants help with the provision of patient care, office administration and laboratory procedures.  Dental assistants hold a vital role in the dental healthcare team.  Responsibilities include, recording patient’s dental and health history, taking and recording vital signs, patient reassurance, treatment and instrument preparation, mixing and transferring dental materials, processing and sterilizing instruments, maintaining infection control, maintaining inventory control,  exposing and processing radiographs, dental equipment maintenance, and providing patients pre-op, post-op and oral hygiene instructions.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and currently holds the status of “approval without reporting requirements”.  Students are required to take the Dental Assisting National Board Infection Control Exam, the Radiation Health and Safety Exam and General Chairside Exam.

Program Expectations

Students are expected to comply with the guidelines established in both the Allied Health and Dental Assisting Program policy manuals.

Program Costs

Estimated Dental Assisting Program Costs

DAT Program Requirements


Although it is not required that all general studies are taken before program application and entry, it is highly suggested as entry is based on the following point system:

Point System to Determine Selection to the Dental Assisting Program

The Dental Assisting Program can admit a maximum of 24 students.  The point system to determine admittance to the Dental Assisting Program is as follows:

1. Points given for GPA on 4.0 scale (i.e. 2.0 = 2 points).  Minimum 2.3 in last 24 credit hours of college coursework and minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA high school transcript without college coursework.

2. ENG 101, MTH 100, PSY 200 and SPH 107, 1 point each for completion with a ‘C’ or higher.

3. MTH 110, MTH 112, OR MTH 265 an additional 5 points.

If the above components are met, additional points will be awarded as follows:

4. CIS 146, ART or MUS 101, SOC 200 1 point each for completion with a ‘C’ or higher.

5. BIO 103, 3 points for an ‘A’, 2 points for a ‘B’, 1 point for a ‘C’.

6. BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 220, CHM104 an additional 5 points each, if completed with a ‘C’ or higher.

7. PSY 210, 3pts for completion with a ‘C’ or higher.

Total of  42 points possible.

Upon program acceptance, a two year certification in Professional Healthcare Provider CPR or Adult, Infant and Child 2-man CPR, liability insurance (purchased through the program), and a consent to random drug screening is required.

Only completed applications will be accepted after July 1st on a space available basis. No student will be admitted into the Dental Assisting Program without the completion of all entrance requirements prior to registration and/or program orientation.

Gainful Employment

You will find Gainful Employment information on our program here.

Dental Assisting Curriculum
Semester System
2014-2015


Eng 101 before fall entry 3 3 0 0 45 3
CERTIFICATE BY SEMESTER Hrs/wk Lec Lab Clinic Clock Credit
FALL SEMESTER            
DAT 100 Introduction to DA 2 2 0 0 30 2
DAT 101 Pre-Clinical Procedures I 5 2 3 0 75 3
DAT 102 Dental Materials 5 2 3 0 75 3
DAT 103 Anatomy & Physiology 3 0 0 0 45 3
DAT 104 Basic Science 2 2 0 0 30 2
PSY  200 Gen Psych 3 3 0 0 45 3
ORI 101 Orientation to College 1 1 0 0 15 1
Total 21 12 6 0 360 17
             
SPRING SEMESTER            
             
DAT 111 Clinical Practice I 13 1 0 12 195 5
DAT 112 Dental Radiology 5 2 3 0 75 3
DAT 113 Dental Health Education 2 2 0 0 30 2
DAT 116 Pre-Clinical Procedures II 3 3 0 0 45 3
MTH 116 or higher/offered on-line 3 3 0 0 45 3
DAT 121 Dental Office Procedures 3 3 0 0 45 3
Total 29 14 3 12 435 19
             
SUMMER SEMESTER            
DAT 122 Clinical Practice II 12 0 0 12 180 4
DAT 126 Dental Assisting Seminar 3 3 0 0 45 3
SPH 107 Intro to Speech 3 3 0 0 45 3
Total 18 6 0 12 270 10
Certificate Program
 Associate in Applied Science Program
 Total Credit Hours 49 (Incl Eng)
 Total Credit Hours 62
 Total Clock Hours 1065 (Incl Eng)
 Total Clock Hours 1260
 General Education 12
 General Education 25

THE COURSES BELOW ARE REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM TO EARN AN ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN DENTAL ASSISTING.