The Dental Assistant Program curriculum offers courses for the skilled person to enter into the healthcare environment as an assistant in the dental office. The general education classes and credits are transferable to other Allied Health curricula or programs. The student is encouraged to obtain advising from faculty to ensure that the proper courses are completed prior to registration or transfer to other health programs. Applying to this program is a separate application process from applying to the College or declaring your major.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a dental assistant including but not limited
- to collecting diagnostic data, infection control, radiographic procedures, restorative procedures, and laboratory procedures.
- Students will understand the ethical and legal parameters of the clinical practice and perform duties within these
- Students will utilize critical thinking skills and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with team members and
- patients while staying I compliance with HIPAA regulations.
- Students will demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with a dental office including prioritizing, organizing and time
- management skills.
- Students will be prepared to successfully complete the three components (Infection Control, Radiation Health, and Safety,
- and General Chairside) of the Dental Assisting National Board exams to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
Dental Assistant Occupation Description
Dental assistants provide supporting and assisting services under the instruction and supervision of a dentist. Dentists rely greatly on the skill of a dental assistant as their "third hand" to perform safe and accurate work. Clinical duties include: helping to manage the dental office, preparing patients for treatment, passing the dentist the proper instruments, polishing teeth, charting patient treatment, processing dental X-ray film, sterilizing and disinfecting instruments, providing oral hygiene instructions, preparing dental filling material, taking impressions and making casts of the teeth.
This school offers programs in: