Dental Assisting Certificate Program
The Dental Assistant performs patient examinations, radiographs, and chairside dental procedures. They provide patient education by instructing patients in oral hygiene home care procedures.
Students will be a DA I (Dental Assistant I) once program is completed. Students can perform business management as well as clinical duties within their scope of practice.
The Dental Assisting Program is accepted by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) for the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification program.
Admission requirement is only a minimum of a high school diploma or GED certificate. CPR will be scheduled after the student is admitted to the program.
Total weeks in the program
16 weeks – Online lecture and Evening laboratory sessions (1st and 2nd terms) 8 weeks – Online lecture and Daytime clinical sessions (3rd term)
Total clock hours: 304
Lecture/Online: 80 hours
Clinical: 224 hours
Dental Assisting Program Courses include:
Dental Morphology & Anatomy Clinical Procedures I
Dental Radiography Infection Control
Clinical procedures II
Dental Office Management
Dental Office Experience
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF A DENTAL ASSISTANT
- Perform patient examination
- obtain and document patient medical/dental history
- take and document vital signs
- chart existing dental conditions
- Perform dental radiographs
- expose, process, mount and identify normal from abnormal findings on traditional radiographs
- expose, mount, and identify normal from abnormal findings on digital radiographs
- Perform chairside dental procedures
- prepare dental tray-set ups for all dental procedures
- assist dentist in all dental procedures using four-handed dentistry
- take impressions, pour and trim study models
- apply topical medication prescribed by dentist
- give post-operative instructions
- Perform patient education by instructing patients in oral hygiene home care procedures
- Perform the business management of a dental office
- coordinate all telephone transactions
- operate dental software
- balance daily, weekly and monthly receipts
- handling patient’s charts
- file dental insurance
- process treatment plans
- call dental labs
- schedule appointments with referring doctors
- collections and accounts receivables
- Adhere to OSHA, HIPAA and CDC Infection Control Guidelines
- Implement emergency procedures including CPR.
Program Cost and Supples
|Shoes, Scrubs, BP kits, Digital Thermometer, Red/Blue Pencil, Safety glasses||$400.00|
|Kilgore study model||$230.00|
|XCP-ORA Positioning System||$128.00|
|Student Insurance fee||$1.25|
|Malpractice and Accidental Insurance||$18.00|
|DANB (National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Pathway||Anatomy, Morphology & Physiology (AMP) Exam, $240.00
Infection Control (ICE) Exam, $270.00
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam, $270.00
All three exams taken at the same time, $400.00
(Included in total below)
|Physical Exam/Immunization Records||Varies|
|Total Cost (estimated)||1,860.25|
Amount due at registration: $1060.25 (includes: Tuition, Supply fee, CPR, Technology fee, Books, Kilgore study model, SIMTICS, Malpractice and accidental insurance. Student insurance fee. Will receive items at the beginning of the 1st term).
Items to be purchased prior to the beginning of the program: Shoes, Scrubs, Blood Pressure kits (manual BP cuff with stethoscope), Digital Oral Thermometer, Red/Blue Pencil, Name tag, Safety glasses, and Physical Exam/Immunization Records. Approximately $440 plus the cost of the physical examination/immunization records.
DANB NELDA Examinations $400 (for all three exams) OR $780 (if taken separately).
All cost are subject to change.
Dental Morphology and Anatomy: This course emphasizes the development, eruption, and individual characteristics of each tooth and surrounding structures as well as provides a basic study of human anatomy, physiology, and microbiology as related to dental science and the practice of dental assisting.
Infection Control: This course introduces the infection and hazard control procedures necessary for the safe practice of dentistry.
Dental Radiography: This course provides the fundamental background and theory for the safe and effective use of x-radiation in dentistry. It encompasses the history of x-rays, production and uses of radiation, radiographic film, exposure factors, interpretation of radiographs and radiation hygiene.
Clinical Procedures I: This course includes preparation to assist a dentist efficiently in four-handed dentistry. Emphasis is on the names and functions of all dental instruments, the principles involved in their use, and the assistants’ role in dental instrumentation.
Dental Sciences: This course presents a basic study of oral pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, and common emergencies as related to the role of the dental assistant.
Dental Office Management: This course provides a study of the business aspect of a dental office.
Clinical Procedures II: This course introduces the instruments and chairside procedures of the dental specialties.
Dental Clinical Experience: This course consists of practice in the dental office or clinic with rotation of assignments to encompass experiences in office management and clinical experience in all areas of dentistry.
PROGRAM Schedule and Classes
FIRST 8 WEEKS (Term 1)
|2 hours week (Online)||0|
|6 hours/week (Lecture will be Online.)||Lab will be Tues. and Wed. from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM for the first 4 weeks of term 1.|
|DEN||3300||Dental Radiography||6 hours/week (Lecture will be Online.)||Lab will be Tues. and Wed. from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM for the first 4 weeks of term 1.|
|DEN||3300||Infection Control||2 hours/week (Online)||0|
SECOND 8 WEEKS (Term 2)
(CPR class to be taken during this term)
|6 hours/week (Lecture will be Online.)||Lab will be Tues. and Wed. from 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM for all of term 2.|
|DEN||3300||Dental Science||2 hours/week (Online)||0|
|DEN||3300||Dental Office Management||2 hours/week (Online)||0|
THIRD 8 WEEKS (Term 3)
|2 hours/week of Online lecture. 16 hours/week of dental clinical experience (students will be at clinical sites 8 hours/day, on Tuesday and Wednesday, for 8 weeks). Clinical hours will reflect the hours of the dental practice.|