Dental Assistant Degree

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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.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Program Length: The program is approximately three quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring quarters.

Prerequisites: None.

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.

To enter the program, a student must be eligible the first quarter to take Math 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 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).

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 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

Course # 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