The mission of the Dental Assisting Program is to guide selected individuals through an educational experience to become personally, professionally, and socially effective Dental Assistants.
The Dental Assisting Program’s purpose is to provide learning experiences which enable graduates to obtain basic competencies needed for employment as a Dental Assistant in a dental office, State, Federal, or private clinic, or public and private educational facilities.
A Dental Assistant is an individual who, under the supervision of a dentist, assists in dental procedures while a patient is being treated. This includes procedures such as four-handed dentistry, making impressions, taking and developing x-rays, mixing various dental materials, assisting during surgical procedures, obtaining health history information from the patient, sterilizing techniques, etc. Dental assistants must be appropriately trained for functions performed.
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of the American Dental Association without reporting requirements.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Provide a regular high school diploma or GED transcript (must submit with application)
- Complete TCAT-M application
- Physical exam, MMR, Varicella, and other required immunizations
- Pass the required entrance exam
Students are subject to drug screening and a criminal background check based upon clinical affiliation agreements.
- Professional Orientation
- Microbiology/Infection Control/Hazardous Waste Management
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Oral Pathology
- Oral Anatomy
- Oral Health Education and Nutrition
- Clinical Assisting I
- Head and Neck Anatomy
- Embryology and Histology
- Oral Diagnosis
- Management of Dental/Medical Emergencies
- Dental Materials I
- Dental Radiology I & II
- Clinical Assisting II
- Dental Materials II
- Practice Management
- Clinical Assisting III, Dental Specialties
- Clinical Externships
- Dental Assistant 1296 hours
Cost of training includes textbooks, supplies, personal items, liability insurance, ADAA membership fees, and tuition. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. COMPASS Schedule