Basic Dental Assisting

The purpose of this certificate is to prepare students for work in dental offices as a dental assistant.  Dental assistants provide chair side support to dentists and patients, prepare dental materials, and ensure a safe patient environment in dental practices.  While most dental assistants work in dental offices, some will work in hospitals, clinics, and educational institutions.

NOTE:  Students who have a felony conviction, or a conviction for assault, will not be allowed into clinical facilities in allied health programs.  They are thus advised to choose a non-allied health field.

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Assist with the delivery of dental care as an integral team member.
  2. Provide basic and expanded function skills with a variety of dental materials.
  3. Expose, process, and mount dental radiographs including safety and digital applications.
  4. Meet industry standards for asepsis, disinfection and sterilization to ensure a safe working environment.
  5. Show communication skills demonstrating knowledge of dental ethics and jurisprudence.
  6. Use clinical externships to integrate classroom and laboratory skills in an office setting.
  7. Perform basic office procedures to manage the business operation of a dental practice.
  8. Pass the Dental Assisting National Board in Infection Control and Radiation Safety for graduates who choose to take the boards.

Curriculum Map

Basic Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate graduates will be able to: Required Course 1 Required Course 2 Required Course 3 Required Course 4 Required Course 5 Required Course 6

Outcome 1

Assist with the delivery of dental care as an integral team member

DNA 113

DNA 103

 

 

 

 

Outcome 2

Provide basic and expanded function skills with a variety of dental materials

DNA 110

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome 3

Expose, process, and mount dental radiographs including safety and digital applications

DNA 134

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome 4

Meet industry standards for asepsis, disinfection and sterilization to ensure a safe working environment

DNA 109

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome 5

Show communication skills demonstrating knowledge of dental ethics and jurisprudence

DNA 100

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome 6

Use clinical externships to integrate classroom and laboratory skills in an office setting

DNA 190

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome 7
Perform basic office procedures to manage the business operation of a dental practice

DNA 190

 

 

 

 

 

Outcome 8
Pass the Dental Assisting National Board in Infection Control and Radiation Safety for graduates who choose to take the boards

DANB pass rates

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Dental Assisting Admission Guidelines

Basic Dental Assisting Application

United States Department of Education's Gainful Employment Disclosure

Course Sequence      
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Fall Semester      
DNA 100   Intro to Oral Health Professions 1 0 1
DNA 103   Introduction to Oral Health 1 0 1
DNA 109   Practical Infection Control 2 3 3
    Total 4 3 5
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Spring Semester      
DNA 110   Dental Materials 2 3 3
DNA 113   Chairside Assisting I 2 3 3
DNA 134   Dental Radiology & Practicum 2 3 3
    Total 6 9 9
           
      Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Course
Credits
Summer Semester      
DNA 190   Coordination Internship 1 9 4
HLT 105   Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1 0 1
    Total 2 9 5

For more information consult the College Catalog.

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