Dental Assisting

DENTAL ASSISTING

Dental Assisting Diploma (D45240)

The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures. Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures. Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.


Diploma Awarded

A Diploma in Dental Assisting is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.


Note

Costs of this program, in addition to tuition and textbooks, will include school uniforms and supplies, fees for professional organization dues and national board testing, a current physical examination, blood and drug screen tests and updated immunizations. Reliable transportation is needed to meet off campus clinical rotation requirements. Students must demonstrate proficiency in basic computer skills through completed course work in CIS 110 or CIS 111 or testing. Students must be certified by the American Heart Association in “Health Care Provider Level” CPR or by the American Red Cross in “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” prior to registering for DEN 101, DEN 104, or DEN 107. Students must successfully complete all prerequisite DEN courses prior to beginning clinical rotations.

International students should refer to the College Catalog for information regarding evidence of English competency.  Academic resources available to international students may be accessed through the Office of International Programs and Services, located on Central Campus.

The programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation statuses of "approval without reporting requirements".

For More Information

The Dental Assisting program is in the Health Sciences Division. For more information, please call Dental Assisting office at 704.330.4602.

Information Sessions is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 4 or 6:00pm, at the Harris Campus and applications for admissions to the Dental Assisting Program are due April 30th of every year

Education Plan

Students must maintain current CPR

 

Fall        
DEN 100  Basic Orofacial Anatomy

2

0

0

2

DEN 101  Preclinical Procedures

4

6

0

7

DEN 111  Infection/Hazard Control

2

0

0

2

DEN 112  Dental Radiography

2

3

0

3

         
Spring        
DEN 102  Dental Materials

3

4

0

5

DEN 103  Dental Sciences

2

0

0

2

DEN 104  Dental Health Education

2

2

0

3

DEN 105  Practice Management

2

0

0

2

DEN 106  Clinical Practice I

1

0

12

5

         
Summer        
DEN 107  Clinical Practice II

1

0

12

5

Total:

21

15

24

36

         
*Hours for BIO 163, ENG 111, and COM 231      

11

Total      

47

Admissions Information

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Request More Information

Health Sciences Admissions Specialist                                704/330-6958

Health Sciences Administrative Assistant, Dental Assisting   704/330-4604

Helpful Information

American Dental Assistants Association:     http://www.dentalassistant.org/
Dental Assisting National Board:                 http://www.danb.org/
American Dental Association:                     http://www.ada.org/
U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:  http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos163.htm