Dental Assisting

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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A dental assistant is a skilled and essential member of the dental health care team in the delivery of preventive and restorative dentistry. The continuing demand for dental assistants makes this program an opportunity for a productive career.

The Dental Assisting certificate program prepares students for employment as chair-side dental assistants. In addition to the prescribed coursework, a minimum of 300 clinical hours is required to complete the program. Students must provide their own transportation to their clinical sites. A complete physical examination is required prior to the beginning of the clinical experience, and a Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended.

Students must be at least 18 years of age before enrolling in Dental Radiology courses. Students must earn a C or better in all dental assisting courses in order to graduate. Students must submit to a criminal background check and a drug screening prior to entering their clinical internship assignments. (Student fees for these tests apply)

The Dental Assisting certificate program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Examination. Successful completion of the DANB Examination awards students the status of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Students who wish to pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting must be a graduate of an ADA accredited dental assisting certificate program. Students participating in the AAS Degree program will be given instruction, laboratory experience, and clinical experience in expanded functions as permitted by the Dental Practice Law of Colorado. Students who wish to develop skills as an expanded functions dental assistant but, are not graduates of an ADA accredited dental assisting program, must be a Certified Dental Assistant or have a minimum of two years of full time documented experience as a chairside dental assistant, preferably in a general dentistry practice.

Students who are interested in either the certificate program or the AAS degree program must meet with a dental assisting program advisor prior to enrolling in any dental assisting courses.

General Education Courses

CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

or

 

 

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

(3)

COM 225

Organizational Communication

3

or

 

 

ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2

(3)

PSY 101

General Psychology I: SS3

3

or

 

 

PSY 112

Psychology of Adjustment

(3)

PSY 102

General Psychology II: SS3

3

or

 

 

PSY 235

Human Growth and Development: SS3

(3)

 

 

15

Additional required courses

DEA 102

Principles of Clinical Practice

3

DEA 104

Specialties of Dentistry

2

DEA 111

Dental Office Management

2

DEA 120

Introduction to Dental Practices

1

DEA 121

Dental Science I

3

DEA 122

Dental Science II

3

DEA 123

Dental Materials I

3

DEA 124

Dental Materials II

3

DEA 125

Dental Radiography

3

DEA 126

Infection Control

3

DEA 131

Advanced Dental Radiography

3

DEA 132

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

2

DEA 134

Prevention & Nutrition in Dentistry

3

DEA 140

Dental Assisting National Board Review

1

DEA 181

Clinical Internship I

1

DEA 182

Clinical Internship II & Seminar

6

DEA 200

Introduction to Expanded Functions

4

DEA 205

Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliary

4

 

 

50

Total Credit Hours

65

Certificate

Dental Assisting

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CIS 118

Introduction to PC Applications

3

COM 115

Public Speaking

3

or

 

 

COM 125

Interpersonal Communication

(3)

or

 

 

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1

(3)

DEA 102

Principles of Clinical Practice

3

DEA 104

Specialties in Dentistry

2

DEA 111

Dental Office Management

2

DEA 120

Introduction to Dental Practices

1

DEA 121

Dental Science I

3

DEA 122

Dental Science II

3

DEA 123

Dental Materials I

3

DEA 124

Dental Materials II

3

DEA 125

Dental Radiography

3

DEA 126

Infection Control

3

DEA 131

Advanced Dental Radiography

3

DEA 132

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

2

DEA 134

Prevention & Nutrition in Dentistry

3

DEA 140

Dental Assisting National Board Review (Elective)

1

DEA 181

Clinical Internship I

1

DEA 182

Clinical Internship II & Seminar

6

Total Credit Hours

47-48