An Associate’s Degree in Dental Assisting provides students training in a simulated dental office setting using dental instruments, materials, and equipment for procedures in four-handed dentistry. The additional training in business and clerical skills opens a variety of placement opportunities. The general education courses in the Associate’s Degree Program provide balance to the students’ intensive medical, dental, and business skills.
Graduates of the Dental Assisting Degree Program will:
Core Courses (72 Credit Hours)
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and behavior required for entry-level employment.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of ethics and professionalism as it relates to the dental office setting.
- Perform clinical/laboratory skills proficiently.
- Demonstrate competency in office administrative skills.
- Have a general education background necessary for competency in entry-level employment.
DE 190: Dental Anatomy - 4 credits
DE 290: Dental Materials - 4 credits
DE 291: Dental Instruments & Procedures - 4 credits
DE 292: Chairside Assisting - 4 credits
DE 293: Dental Radiology - 4 credits
DE 294: Dental Seminar - 4 credits
DE 295: Dental Office Management - 4 credits
DE 299: Dental Externship - 0 credits
MA 141: Business Mathematics I - 4 credits
MA 181: Medical Terminology I - 4 credits
MA 182: Medical Terminology II - 4 credits
ME 184: Anatomy I - 4 credits
ME 280: Anatomy II - 4 credits
ME 281: Anatomy III - 4 credits
AC 101: Principles of Accounting I - 4 credits
CS 101: Intro to Computers - 4 credits
EN 261: Business Communications - 4 credits
WP 254: Word I - 4 credits
WP 255: Word II - 4 credits
General Education Courses (24 Credit Hours)
CM 101: Ethics & Professionalism - 4 credits
EN 161: English Composition I - 4 credits
EN 162: English Composition II - 4 credits
GE 200: General Psychology - 4 credits
2 Additional GE Elective Courses - 8 credits
Electives (12 Credit Hours)
3 Approved Elective Courses - 12 credits
Associate's Degree Requirements
Total Quarter Hours: 108
Typing Speed: 40 WPM
*A supervised, unpaid externship of at least 150 contact hours in a dental health care setting, performing administrative and clinical procedures, must be completed prior to graduation.
Length of Time: 18 months - Maximum full-time enrollment (Monday/Wednesday/Friday only)
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