The purpose of this program is to prepare students for entry-level employment as dental assistants and dental auxiliaries. Graduates of this program may apply to take the Certified Dental Assistant Examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board. Graduates are eligible for employment as dental assistants with expanded functions and radiography skills. The university awards a certificate upon completion of the program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (A MINIMUM OF 18 CREDITS)

REQUIRED COURSES

Courses
Credit Hours
  • DEA 101
    Introduction to Dental Assisting
    1
  • DEA 104
    Dental Materials
    1
  • DEA 106
    Dental Anatomy
    2
  • DEA 108
    Diet, Nutrition, and Oral Hygiene
    1
  • DEA 110
    Dental X-Ray
    1
  • DEA 112
    Front Office Procedures
    1
  • DEA 114
    Dental Office Emergencies
    1
  • DEA 120
    Preclinical Dental Assisting Procedures
     
  • DEA 122
    Expanded Functions for Dental Assistant I2
    2
  • DEA 124
    Expanded Functions for Dental Assistant II**
    2
  • DEA 126
    Clinical Externship**
    4
  • CPR 001
    CPR Seminar
     
  • HIV 004
    HIV Seminar
     
  • PDT 005
    PDT Seminar
     
  •  
    18

DENTAL CLASSES ARE OFFERED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Completing a course or program in a language other than English may reduce employability where English is required.Dental Assistant students are required to wear medical attire and white shoes at all times. Students must furnish their own uniforms.

All students must have liability insurance and dosimeters in order to participate in the clinical rotations.

All students must have liability insurance and dosimeters in order to participate in the clinical rotations.Students must complete 120 hours of clinical practice.All students must provide BLS, OSHA, HIV, and HIPPA seminar completion forms in order to participate in the clinical rotations.
**This course has prerequisites; check course description.
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