Dental Assistant Program with Clinical Externship
The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing health care professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of health care professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nation’s growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2018.
The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting and the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics:
Introduction to the dental office and history of dentistry and dental assisting
Legal aspects of dentistry including policies and guidelines
Introductory oral anatomy, dental operatory, and dental equipment
Introductory tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth
The oral cavity and related structures
Dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and other areas
As part of this Dental Assisting program (class room instruction), you will be eligible to participate in a 40 hour clinical externship.
Dental assistants and aides should have a high school diploma or GED.
Students who complete this comprehensive course would be prepared to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) – Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, and the DANB – Infection Control Exam (ICE).
In many states, DANB-RHS certification is required to work in dental radiography.
- In addition to facilitating entry-level administrative positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.
- Additionally, this 100 hour course includes a CPR certification and covers the relevant material necessary to prepare students to take the State of Texas TSBDE Dental Assisting exam offered throughout the State of Texas.
Topics covered in the course include:
- The dental assisting profession & history of dentistry
- Dental anatomy and physiology
- Tooth charting, tooth surfaces, and classification of restorations on a tooth
- Parts of the jaw and areas of the mouth
- Oral health and preventions of dental disease
- Infection control in dentistry and occupational health and safety
- Patient information and assessment
- Foundation of clinical dentistry
- Dental radiology
- Single crown restoration, bridge, implant, partial denture, and full denture
- Dental equipment, accessories & treatment room
- Dental hand pieces and accessories
- Dental cements and impression materials
- Coding of radiology services & using ICD-10-CM codes
- Assisting in comprehensive dental care
- Dental administration and communication skills
Choose the Format that works for you
Dental Assistant Program classes are offered on campus and online, giving you the option to choose the format and schedule that works best for you. Our classroom programs give you the familiar experience of working within a traditional classroom setting. Online classes offer the same great program as the traditional class with the added flexibility of attending class from anywhere or at any time.
$1999.00 ($1959.00 if registered 10 days or more before start of the course) includes course materials, instruction, and externship (40 hours).
$1199.00 (Online course)