Advanced College

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

(Salida)
Delivery Method: Traditional

Certificate Program

In this program, students learn front-office and back-office skills performed by dental assistants. Major topics include the Dental Practice Act, dental office administration, emergency procedures, chairside assisting, effective infection control and bloodborne pathogens standard, radiology, coronal polishing, pit and fissure sealants, and effective interpersonal communication. This program prepares students for careers in dental assisting in a variety of settings including general and specialty practices, community dental clinics and hospitals.
The students will graduate with the following Dental Board Approved Certificates that are required for employment as a Dental Assistant and are also requirements when applying for the RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) State Licensure examination.

Pit and Fissure Sealant Certificate (Practice is dependent upon successful passage of RDA state licensure) 

Upon satisfactory completion of this program, students should be prepared to: 

The students will graduate with the following Dental Board Approved Certificates that are required for employment as a Dental Assistant and are also requirements when applying for the RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) State Licensure examination.

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Course No.

Course Name

Lecture Hours

Lab Hours

Work-Based Activity Hours

Total Hours / Credits

DENT 100

Introduction to Dental Science, Infection Control and Dental Office Emergencies

50

50


100/7.5

DENT 110

Dental Assisting Chairside Concepts

50

50

100/7.5

DENT 120

Dental Office Materials

50

50

100/7.5

DENT 130

Dental Radiation Safety

50

50

100/7.5

DENT 140

Dental Assisting Specialties

50

50

100/7.5

DENT 150

Dental Practice Front Office Administration

50

50

100/7.5

DENT 160

Coronal Polish and Pit and Fissure Sealants

50

50

100/7.5

DENT 200

Dental Assisting Externship

200

200/6.6

TOTAL HOURS

350

350

200

900/59*

*Per COE Policies and Procedures: The policy of the Commission is that the conversion of clock hours to credit hours for individual courses may be calculated to include a fraction or decimal but must not be inflated by rounding up. The sum of the course credit hours for a program must equal a whole number without rounding up.