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Board of Higher Education Approved Certificate Program
Dental Assistant Certificate
Dental Assistant Certificate

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The dental assistant is an important member of the dental team. Effective utilization of a well-trained dental assistant results in more effective dental service for a greater number
of people with less time and productivity expended by the dentist. A well-trained Certified Dental Assistant is always in demand in the career market.

While the majority of assistants are employed in private dental practices, there are other fields of opportunity:

• School clinics • Dental schools
• Public health clinics • The Armed Services
• Private hospitals • Dental sales
• Government hospitals • Insurance Companies

As for duties, the main thrust is assisting the dentist at chairside in the transfer of instruments, the preparation of dental materials, and the sterilization of instruments and preparation of the treatment room. The Dental Assistant is also responsible for certain laboratory procedures.

Most important, the assistant is trained to expose and process x-rays which are used by the dentist in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Frequently the assistant is called upon to evaluate the patient’s diet and its relationship to oral health, to instruct the patient in the importance of home care and to demonstrate proper brushing, flossing techniques and the use of other adjuncts as prescribed by the dentist.

The assistant’s duties also include appointment making, recalls, billing and processing third party insurance forms, ordering supplies, and complying with OSHA regulations.
First Year / Semester 1
English Composition I ENGL101* 3
Dental Office Management DENT105 3
Dental Materials I DENT102 3
Dental Science I DENT106 5
Dental Radiography I DENT103 3
Chairside Assisting DENT107 6
First Year / Semester 2
General Psychology PSYC101 3
Dental Science II DENT111 3
Dental Materials II DENT113 2
Dental Radiography II DENT114 3
Clinical Externship DENT112 6
Additional Information:
*ENGL101 - A student, based on testing scores, may place out of English Composition I (ENGL101) and substitute any college-level writing course in its place. This is also the case if a student placed into an equivalent to ENGL102 at another school and was not required to take their ENGL101 equivalent. Currently there are only three options for replacement: ENGL107 Technical Writing; ENGL119 Creative Writing; JOUR120 Newspaper Journalism

This program awards a Board-Approved Certificate upon completion of 11 courses and 40 credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Clinical placement for accepted students requires a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check be completed

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