Dental Assisting, Certificate

Certificate
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform chairside assisting, minor laboratory, and basic office procedures. Students learn the theory and skills to assist in the dental operatory through course work in the areas of chairside assisting, radiology, dental materials, dental and biomedical sciences, as well as clinical practice. Graduates can perform certain additional tasks allowing them to become productive and valued members of the dental health team. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB). After successful completion of this examination, the credential Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is awarded.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

One Year Credits
Prerequisites
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1NAS 150 Human Biology 4
Choose One
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills
Total 8
1st Semester
DNA 100 Introduction to Oral Health Professions 1
DNA 108 Dental Science 3
DNA 110 Dental Materials 3
DNA 113 Chairside Assisting I 3
DNA 134 Dental Radiology and Practicum 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
Total 16
2nd Semester
CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
DNA 114 Chairside Assisting II 4
DNA 119 Dental Therapeutics 1
DNA 120 Community Health 1
DNA 130 Dental Office Management 2
DNA 140 Externship 5
Total 16
3rd Semester
DNA 190 Coordinated Internship 3
Total 3
Total credits for the Certificate = 43
One Year Credits
Prerequisites
ENG
111
3
1NAS
150
4
Choose One
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
SDV
100
Total 8
1st Semester
DNA
100
1
DNA
108
3
DNA
110
3
DNA
113
3
Dental Radiology and Practicum
DNA
134
3
PSY
200
3
Total 16
2nd Semester
CST
229
3
Chairside Assisting II
DNA
114
4
DNA
119
1
DNA
120
1
DNA
130
2
DNA
140
5
Total 16
3rd Semester
Coordinated Internship
DNA
190
3
Total 3
Total credits for the Certificate = 43

1 May substitute NAS 150 by taking BIO 141 and BIO 142.

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