Dental Assisting - Programs of Study

Dental Assisting

Program of Study

Courses include basic health sciences, oral anatomy and pathology, dental materials, radiographic and chairside assisting techniques, principles of office records management and marketing, laboratory procedures, psychological considerations in patient treatment, and basic math computations. During Spring term, Dental Assisting program students participate in 2 separate internships in local dental offices through Cooperative Education.

Dental Assisting is a concentrated program that requires good reading and study skills. Students are on campus most of the day and spend a minimum of 24 hours per week spring term in Cooperative Education community clinical sites.

Students may arrange to complete the 9 month program over a two-year period after meeting with the program coordinator to discuss the options. NOTE: because all courses with a lab or clinical component have to be completed in the same year, the majority of courses are still taken in a single academic year.

Program Prerequisites

Although prerequisites are not required prior to application, grades for these courses are used to compute the application scores. Thus, a student that has successfully passed the majority of the prerequisite courses at the time of application will have a higher, more competitive score.

In order to register for Dental Assisting classes in the Fall, students must have successfully completed:

  • Basic Mathematic Applications (Mth 052) or higher level math
  • Human Relations course from the approved list. View the list of approved courses (link)
  • Introduction to College Writing (WR 115) or English Composition (WR121)
  • Computer Fundamentals (CIS 101) or Concepts of Computing (CS 120)Human Body Systems 1 and 2 (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 can be substituted)

A mandatory Program Orientation is held prior to Fall Term. Failure to attend will result in loss of "accepted" status.

For a detailed look at the required curriculum, go to the online catalog.