Dental Assistant Degree

Designed to prepare students for positions in the dental field, including both front office and dental assistant career tracks.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT

Approx. # of Quarters: 5

Estimated Cost: $8,819.50

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters

Prerequisites: Prospective students must complete all items in the Program Applicant Packet prior to being able to register for Dental Assistant courses. This includes documentation of current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. Immunizations include, but are 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.

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. 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 and when successfully completed, 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 enhance personal development.

Each student is 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.

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

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

To enter the program, a student must be eligible to take Math 91 during the first quarter of the program, and college-level English and psychology or another social science or humanities course. The Program Applicant Packet can be downloaded from the Dental Assistant page on the CPTC website.

In order to participate in the externship, students must have all general education requirements completed 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 Exam prior to entering the program (per ADA standards).

Program Requirements

Catalog # 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 243 Certification Review III 1
DBOA 103 Dental Terminology & Procedures 4
DBOA 111 Dental Charting, Scheduling and Recall Management 5
DBOA 119 Dental Documents & Inventory Systems 4
DBOA 135 Dentrix Advanced Training 2
  Students will take a minimum of 4 credits of computer skills courses. Recommended electives below. 4
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 104

Recommended Electives

Catalog # Course Name Credits
CAH 105CL Computer Applications 3
CAS 105 Keyboarding 3
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
CAS 141CL Powerpoint 3
CAS 145CL Publisher 5