Dental Assistant

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The Dental Assisting Profession
The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nation’s growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2018.   

The Dental Assisting Program

The program prepares students for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant. This course covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, introduction to tooth structure (primary and permanent teeth), the oral cavity; and other areas. The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics: 
  • Introduction to the dental office and history of dentistry and dental assisting
  • Legal aspects of dentistry including policies and guidelines
  • Introductory oral anatomy, dental operatory, and dental equipment
  • Introductory tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth
  • The oral cavity and related structures
  • Dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas
 
    

 

Dental Assisting Detailed Course Information:

  • The dental assisting profession and the history of Dental anatomy and physiology
  • Tooth charting, tooth surfaces, and classification of restorations on a tooth
  • Parts of the jaw and areas of the mouth
  • Oral health and preventions of dental disease
  • Infection control in dentistry and occupational health and safety
  • Patient information and assessment
  • Foundation of clinical dentistry
  • Dental radiology
  • Single crown restoration, bridge, implant, partial denture, and full denture
  • Dental equipment, accessories and the treatment room
  • Dental hand pieces and accessories
  • Dental cements and impression materials
  • Coding of radiology services and the use of ICD-9-CM codes
  • Assisting in comprehensive dental care
  • Dental administration and communication skills

Note: In order to qualify for an externship, students must successfully complete the program, including all quizzes and final exams, and be available for a background check and/or a potential drug screen. This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period.

 

Education and Certifications

  • Dental assistants & aides should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • Although there are no state approval or state requirements associated with this program, in some states, DANB-RHS certification is required to work in dental radiography.
  • There are several Dental Assistant National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
  •  National Certification Available:
    • Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, and the DANB Infection Control Exam (ICE)
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam

Optional Volunteer Clinical Externship Opportunity

Students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer clinical externship opportunity with a local healthcare facility in order to gain valuable hands-on experience. As students progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note:
Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.