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EXPANDED DUTY DENTAL ASSISTING

DIPLOMA: Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

To provide students with a comprehensive technical education that will prepare them to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to begin the practice of dental assisting.

Dental Assistants perform a variety of duties including those related to patient care, as well as many office and laboratory responsibilities. During patient care they work chairside assisting dentists as they examine and treat patients. Dental Assistants must be reliable, have good manual dexterity, and be able to communicate and work effectively with patients and other members of the dental office staff. Dental Assistants are employed, almost exclusively, in private dental offices. Some employment opportunities are available in public and government facilities. Nationally, the starting salary for a Certified Dental Assistant is approximately $20,000 plus available benefits. As the population grows and as dentist workloads increase, there is an increasing need for more trained Dental Assistants.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: Biology, Typing/Computer (Recommended: Algebra, Chemistry)
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Prior Experience/Observation - Minimum fifteen hours of observation in a dental office
  3. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  4. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  5. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  6. MMR Immunization or Titer
  7. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  8. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  9. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.
  10. Dental Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete. Dental health must meet departmental standards.
  11. Technical Standards - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: MAT, PSY
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: DAT, ENG, MAT, PSY
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Curriculum Completion Requirement - 24 months

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
ENG 155 Communications I 3 0 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
PSY 103 Human Relations 3 0 3
9 0 9

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
DAT 113 Dental Materials 3 3 4
DAT 118 Dental Morphology 1 3 2
DAT 121 Dental Health Education 1 3 2
DAT 122 Dental Office Management 2 0 2
DAT 127 Dental Radiography 3 3 4
DAT 154 Clinical Procedures I 2 6 4
DAT 164 Clinical Procedures II 1 9 4
13 27 22

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
DAT 112 Integrated Human Sciences 3 3 4
DAT 115 Ethics & Professionalism 1 0 1
DAT 123 Oral Medicine/Oral Biology 3 0 3
DAT 124 Expanded Functions/Specialties 0 3 1
DAT 177 Dental Office Experience 0 21 7
7 27 16
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  47

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
DAT 112 Integrated Human Sciences 3 3 4
DAT 113 Dental Materials 3 3 4
DAT 115 Ethics & Professionalism 1 0 1
DAT 118 Dental Morphology 1 3 2
DAT 154 Clinical Procedures I 2 6 4
ENG 155 Communications I 3 0 3
13 15 18

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
DAT 121 Dental Health Education 1 3 2
DAT 122 Dental Office Management 2 0 2
DAT 123 Oral Medicine/Oral Biology 3 0 3
DAT 127 Dental Radiography 3 3 4
DAT 164 Clinical Procedures II 1 9 4
PSY 103 Human Relations 3 0 3
13 15 18

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
DAT 124 Expanded Functions/Specialties 0 3 1
DAT 177 Dental Office Experience 0 21 7
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3 0 3
3 24 11
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  47

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Susan Cochran

Waiting List: No

Local Starting Salary: $12.00

Local Average Salary: $16.00

National Starting Salary: $14.00

National Average Salary: $20.00