Dental Assistant ADA Accredited Associate of Applied Technology Degree

CIP Code

51.0601

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 Advising and Counseling Office.

Apply American Dental Association standards and state and federal law for conduct in a clinical setting. 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 Washington Department of Licensing. You must also complete seven hours of AIDS/HIV education and hold a current and valid Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. If newly hired, you must obtain the required certification within 45 days of the date hired (WAC 246-817-720).

Program Length

This program is approximately five quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Fall and spring quarters.

Program Outcomes

• Plan for the dentist’s needs based on the procedure being performed.

• Summarize the test standards and information in order to pass the Dental Assistant National Board exam.

• Determine the location of landmarks and anatomy intraorally, extraorally, and on radiographs.

• Establish aseptic technique and apply maintenance of infection control throughout patient care according to OSHA regulations and CDC Standards.

• Assemble appropriate instruments, materials, and equipment for various dental procedures.

• Produce quality digital and film radiographs for diagnostic or treatment purposes.

• Plan daily routines, work assignments, and scheduled procedures with effective time management skills.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

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 094, 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).

Program Course List

DAS 104General Studies

3

DAS 107Biomedical Sciences

4

DAS 112Dental Sciences I

4

DAS 114Dental Assisting Skills I

4

DAS 117Foundations of Clinical Dentistry

2

DAS 121Dental Sciences II

2

DAS 123Dental Assisting Skills II

5

DAS 126Dental Specialties I

3

DAS 131Principles of Radiography

6

DAS 133Certification Review I

2

DAS 207Dental Sciences III

4

DAS 209Dental Assisting Skills III

5

DAS 213Dental Specialties II

5

DAS 215Certification Review II

2

DAS 220CAPDAS 220CAP

6

DAS 225Clinical Experience III

6

DAS 230Certification Review III

2

DAS 237CAPClinical Experience I

1

DBOA 103Dental Terminology & Procedures

4

DBOA 111Dental Charting, Scheduling and Recall Management

5

DBOA 119Dental Documents and Inventory Systems

4

DBOA 135Dentrix Advanced Training

2

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

Public Speaking

5

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Total Credit Hours:102

Dental Assistant Computer Skills Elective: See list below

NOTE: 

PSYC& 100DIV or higher

Recommended Electives

CAS 115CLIntroduction to Computing

3

CAS 121CLWord I

3

CAS 125CLWord II

3

CAS 130CLExcel I

3

CAS 135CLExcel II

3

CAS 141CLPowerPoint

3

CAS 145CLPublisher

5

CAH 105CLComputer Applications

5