Dental Assistant Certificate

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Designed to prepare students for positions in the dental assistant field.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 5

Estimated Cost: $7,375.60

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters

Prerequisites: Prospective students must complete all items in the Program Requirement Packet prior to being eligible to register for Dental Assistant courses. This includes documentation of 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 healthcare providers, a First Aid card, and a current dental examination form completed by their dentist.

Provides a foundation of knowledge of dental sciences, dental assisting skills, dental materials, dental laboratory procedures, radiography, infection control, and office management skills.

Students will develop an understanding of the role of the dental assistant within the dental care team. Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions and for positions as expanded-duties dental assistants and coordinating assistants in the dental office.

Accreditation: 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. Completion of the appropriate component of the exam will be a prerequisite for continuation 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 his or her national certification from DANB, entitling him or her 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 Requirement: 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).

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.

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.

In order to participate in the externship, students must complete all general education requirements and receive a “No Record On File” report from the Washington State Patrol, related to Crimes against Persons. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (per ADA standards).

To enter the program, a student must be eligible the first quarter to take Math 91, college-level English, and psychology or another social science or humanities course.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name 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 115 Foundations of Clinical Dentistry 2
DAS 118 Principles of Radiography I 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 222 Dental Sciences III 2
DAS 224 Dental Assisting Skills III 7
DAS 226 Dental Specialties II 8
DAS 228 Certification Review II 1
DAS 237 CAP Clinical Experience I 1
DAS 239 CAP Clinical Experience II 10
DAS 241 Advanced Theory 4
DAS 243 Certification Review III 1
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
  Total Credits for Completion 89