Designed to prepare students for positions in the dental field, including both front-office and dental-assistant career tracks. Graduates of the program will have a foundation of knowledge of dental sciences, dental assisting skills, dental materials, dental laboratory procedures, radiography, infection control, and dental business office-management skills.
Students will develop an understanding of the role of the dental assistant and dental business office assistant within the dental care team. Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions as expanded-duties dental assistants and coordinating assistants, as well as dental business office assistants within a dental office.
This program is accredited through the American Dental Association (ADA). The last Friday in each of the final three quarters of study students will be required to take one of the three components of the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) Certification Examination. Completing the appropriate component of the exam is a prerequisite for continuing into the third and fourth quarters of study in the Dental Assistant program.
In addition, successful completion of the first component (Infection Control), completed at the end of the second quarter of study, is a prerequisite to entering the fourth quarter, clinical experience. The second and third components of the exam are requirements for graduation from the program. Successfully completing these exams will result in the student receiving their national certification from DANB, entitling them to use the title of Certified Dental Assistant.
Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math) and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development is enhanced.
Students are strongly encouraged to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the counseling office.
Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.
Employability Requirements: To be employed as a dental assistant, you must apply for registration and become registered with the WA Department of Licensing. You must also complete seven hours of AIDS/HIV education and hold a current and valid healthcare provider basic life support (BLS) certification. If newly hired, you must obtain the required certification within 45 days from the date hired (WAC 246-817-720).
Prerequisites: In order to participate in the program, students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series including a positive titer, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Students must have a current Basic Life Support (CPR) card for health care providers, a First Aid card, and a current dental examination form completed by their dentist.
To enter the program, a student must be eligible the first quarter to take MAT 091, college-level English, and psychology or another social science or humanities course.
In order to participate in the externship, students must have all general education requirements completed and receive a “No Record On File” report related to crimes against persons from the Washington State Patrol. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (per ADA standards).
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|DAS 103||General Studies||4|
|DAS 105||Biomedical Sciences||4|
|DAS 110||Dental Sciences I||5|
|DAS 113||Dental Assisting Skills I||4|
|DAS 116||Foundations of Clinical Dentistry||4|
|DAS 118||Principles of Radiography||1|
|DAS 120||Dental Sciences II||5|
|DAS 125||Dental Assisting Skills II||6|
|DAS 130||Dental Specialties I||3|
|DAS 135||Principles of Radiography II||5|
|DAS 140||Certification Review I||1|
|DAS 223||Dental Sciences III||3|
|DAS 224||Dental Assisting Skills III||7|
|DAS 226||Dental Specialties II||8|
|DAS 228||Certification Review II||1|
|DAS 237CAP||Clinical Experience I||1|
|DAS 239CAP||Clinical Experience II||10|
|DAS 243||Certification Review III||1|
|DBOA 103||Dental Terminology & Procedures||4|
|DBOA 111||Dental Charting, Scheduling and Recall Management||5|
|DBOA 119||Dental Documents and Inventory Systems||4|
|DBOA 135||Dentrix Advanced Training||2|
|Dental Assistant Computer Skills Elective||4|
|English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking||5|
|Any 100-Level Math Class||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|
Introduces the student to the dental profession and cultural diversity, including how to correctly recognize and identify the various occupations within the dental field, as well as the terminology necessary to complete all other courses.
Introduces the student to the sciences of microbiology, disease transmission, occupational health and safety, ergonomics, and the processes and procedures for infection prevention, disinfection, instrument processing, and sterilization. Students will be able to demonstrate how to prevent disease transmission and the proper handling of infectious and hazardous materials.
Students will explore information that will assist in accurately identifying oral anatomy, oral embryology, histology, common facial landmarks, and key elements of personal oral hygiene and nutrition.
Introduces the student to the techniques that will enable them to successfully achieve the goal of proper moisture control to provide better visibility in the operating field, reduce the transmission of infectious diseases, and maintain a safe laboratory environment. Students will learn to take alginate impressions, pour and trim diagnostic study casts, and to accurately record vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse and respiration. Students will be able to accurately identify dental charting symbols.
Introduces the student to the management of a medical or dental emergency in the dental office. In addition, the student will be introduced to the dental treatment room, including the proper names, descriptions, use and care of dental instruments and equipment used in restorative dental procedures.
Introduces the student to the theory of radiographic techniques, including patient and operator safety while exposing radiographs.
Explores the general characteristics and uses of dental materials, and covers oral pathology conditions in the oral cavity. This course is also designed to provide the necessary information to accurately identify each of the body’s systems, functions, and how they interact with each other. The student will explore the structures of the head and oral cavity.
Introduces students to advanced study model principles, coronal polish and fluoride treatments, and advanced moisture control, including the application of rubber dams, intermediate charting, and dental instruments and hand pieces.
Explores in depth the dental specialties of endodontics, orthodontics and periodontics. This course introduces the students to periodontal charting.
Introduces students to intraoral and extraoral radiographic imaging, legal issues associated with radiography, and manual and automatic processing techniques.
Prepares students to take the Infection Control Exam through the Dental Assistant National Board.
Introduces students to the science of pharmacology, including the recognition of potential drug interactions and the subject of anesthesia and pain control as it applies to dentistry. It also introduces students to anesthesia and pain control, lab and impression materials, and the medically and physically compromised patient.
Introduces the theory and practice of chair-side assisting, including oral evacuation and instrument exchange. Students are introduced to advanced chair-side instruments, tray systems, charting, study models and rubber-dam application techniques. This course covers the assembly and placement of matrix systems. Students will expose, process and mount a minimum of three full-mouth series of radiographic images, both on film and digitally. This course’s culminating project covers the operatory preparation and assisting during restorative procedures.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the dental specialties of fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics and dental implants, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and pediatric dentistry. Students will also be introduced to the expanded function of pit and fissure sealants, construction and placement of provisional crowns and bridges, polishing full and partial dentures, and retraction cord placement. Students will also prepare the operatory, give post-operatory instructions, and document in the patient chart a variety of specialty procedures.
Prepares students to take the Radiation Health and Safety exam through the Dental Assistant National Board.
Provides Dental Assistant students with the opportunity to use the skills and information acquired in DAS 103-228. Students will spend three hours a week — for a total of 30 hours — volunteering in an infection-control assistant capacity in a private office or dental clinic.
Provides Dental Assistant students with the opportunity to use the advanced skills and information acquired in DAS 103-237. Students will spend 270 hours rotating through a minimum of two private offices or dental clinics.
Prepares the student to take the final component of the Dental Assistant National Board exam, General Chairside. Upon successful completion of the exam and all Dental Assistant courses, students will receive their Certified Dental Assistant credentials and will be eligible for graduation.
Introduces information to correctly recognize and identify various occupations within the dental environment. Students will also learn terminology necessary to complete the other courses in the program. Students will learn to accurately identify the names and numbers of teeth in the primary and permanent dentition. Students will complete the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) HIV/AIDS course.
Explores dental charting symbols and treatment descriptions. Students will develop, decipher and present a comprehensive treatment plan. Covers the necessary information to accurately develop a patient recall system and maintain productive and effective patient scheduling. Students will have training and access 24 hours a day to the Dentrix Dental Software to learn and practice dental charting, scheduling & recall procedures.
Explores a wide variety of dental office forms and the development of manual and computerized inventory filing systems. Organizational skills are the primary emphasis of this course.
Provides expanded Dentrix software skills to students with basic Dentrix Dental Software training or experience. Students will have training and access 24 hours a day to the software. Students will demonstrate setting up practice defaults in the Office Manager module, manage electronic charting in the Dentrix Dental Software, pursue dental insurance claims processing and payment posting processes, and explore and generate management reports.
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|CAS 115CL||Introduction to Computing||3|
|CAS 121CL||Word I||3|
|CAS 125CL||Word II||3|
|CAS 130CL||Excel I||3|
|CAS 135CL||Excel II||3|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|ENG 102||Composition: Argumentation & Research||5|
|ENG 104||Business Writing||5|
|ENGL& 235||Technical Writing||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|MAT 103||Business Mathematics||5|
|MAT 104||Introductory Computer Mathematics||5|
|MAT 105||Mathematics for Industrial Professionals||5|
|MAT 106||Math for Electronics||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|MAT 110||Math for Non-Science Majors||5|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5|
|MATH& 142||Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry||5|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Stats||5|
|MATH& 151||Calculus I||5|
|MATH& 152||Calculus II||5|
Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.