Certificate of Competence in Dental Assisting
The purpose of the Dental Assisting program is to prepare you to work as a dental assistant in private dental offices, hospital outpatient clinics, state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and dental supply houses. You will learn basic dental operations, laboratory skills, and dental terminology, which you will apply during your four-week internship at an affiliated dental office or community agency. Specifically you will learn to prepare patients for various procedures, pass and retrieve instruments and materials, operate the high-volume evacuation system, and implement OSHA-recommended infection control procedures. In addition, you will learn to take impressions for study models; fabricate individualized trays; take, process, and mount dental radiographs; and prepare impression and restorative materials.
The CC in Dental Assisting requires satisfactory completion of 16 credits.
The requirements listed in the catalog at the time of entry into the program are the ones you must fulfill for graduation. You also have the option to meet the requirements listed in subsequent catalogs. However, if you choose this option, you cannot combine requirements from two or more catalogs. For example, if you entered the program in fall 2006, you can fulfill the requirements in either the fall 2006 catalog or the fall 2007 catalog. However, you cannot combine requirements from both.
If you leave the program for a semester or more, you must fulfill the requirements in effect at the time of or subsequent to your re-entry. For example, if you entered the program in fall 2006, took a hiatus in spring 2007, and returned in fall 2007, you must fulfill the requirements in the catalog for fall 2007 or later.
DENT 100 Essentials of Dental Assisting
DENT 100L Essentials of Dental Assisting Lab
DENT 103 Dental Materials
DENT 103L Dental Materials Lab
DENT 105 Dental Sciences
DENT 106 Dental Radiography
DENT 106L Dental Radiography Lab
DENT 108 Clinical Rotations Seminar