Dental Assisting
Students will learn 
terminology, safety,  
dental instruments, 
chair side assistance,  
get clinical experience, & more!

Dental Assisting

Are you looking for a rewarding field with an array of opportunities? Do you like to help people and learn new things? Come and join the Dental Assisting program at CCTC which will put you on the path to a successful career.

Dental assistants are valuable and respected members of the dental care team, assisting the dentist in the delivery of quality oral healthcare for people of all ages.

Dental assistants work under the supervision of dentists and work closely with dental hygienists.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. With ongoing research linking oral health to general health this will likely increase the demand for preventive dental services.

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as dental assistants.  Students graduate with entry level skills for general chair side, dental laboratory and business office administration. Graduates receive a state certification in radiography and dental assisting expanded functions. They are prepared to take the national board exam to earn the credential of NELDA (National Entry Level Dental Assistant.)  This program meets all competencies required by the Florida Department of Education for Dental Assistants.

Dental assistant’s job responsibilities may include:

·       Make sure patients are comfortable in the dental chair

·       Prepare work area for treatments and procedures

·       Sterilize dental instruments

·       Four-handed dentistry

·       Maintain moisture control

·       Review proper oral hygiene with patients

·       Under the supervision of a dentist, process x rays and complete lab tasks

·       Maintain patient records

·       Schedule patient appointments

·       Work with patients on billing and payment

·       Assistants perform lab procedures, such as taking and pouring up casts of a patient’s teeth, making patients whitening trays, as well as creating temporary crowns.

2017 schedule:

• Classes start: July 26, 2017

• Class runs from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

• Clinical Times Vary

OUR STUDENTS FIND EMPLOYMENT IN private dental offices, public health dental clinics, military services, laboratories, insurance companies and consulting firms.

Courses and Credit Hours

  • 1230 hours (approximately 11 months in length)
  • The program completes with a 300 hour internship at a local dental office or clinic.

The following table illustrates the post-secondary program structure:

COURSE CONTENT

The dental assisting program covers chair side assisting, laboratory procedures, and dental business operations. These areas include, but are not limited to the knowledge of: 

·      dental anatomy

·      physiology

·      oral histology

·      microbiology

·      infection control

·      pharmacology

·      radiography

·      dental material

·      oral pathology

·      ethics and jurisprudence

Admission Requirements

  • Prospective students must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate or its equivalent by the first day of class and meet minimum admission criteria for the Dental Assistant.
  • Prospective students are required to schedule an appointment with our Admissions Office prior to enrollment.
  • Students are required to achieve the following scores on the “Test for Adult Basic Education” (TABE): 
  • Mathematics – 10
  • Language - 10
  • Reading – 10

·       Once accepted the student will need to complete a physical, dental exam, immunizations, drug screen, and background check.

Health and Safety

Students enrolled in the CCTC Dental Assisting Program should understand that the required clinical experiences on campus and in various dental facilities may expose them to environmental hazards and infectious diseases including, but not limited to Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and HIV.

OSHA maintains a website devoted to public safety and health information topics for Healthcare Facilities. Below is the link to applicable standards and common hazards, including bloodborne pathogens, hazardous materials, ionizing radiation, needle sticks, and chemical exposures.  

Student shall be required to wear the approved school uniform, protective eyewear, appropriate masks, gloves, and lab coats during the intro mural an extra mural laboratory in clinical activities. Student shall be required to observe CDC guidelines for Infection Control in Dentistry and follow all applicable mandates of the OSHA Blood-borne Pathogen Standard during all intramural and extramural laboratory and clinical activities.           

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/healthcarefacilities/index.html

Accreditations, Licenses, Certifications

Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) http://www.danb.org/ to become National Entry Level Dental Assistants- (NELDA Exam)

The national certification exam is administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). The exam focuses on anatomy, morphology, physiology, radiation health and safety, and infection control. The NELDA credential is granted upon successful completion of all three sections. The exam fee is $375. Taking the entire exam is an exit requirement of this program. The student must provide documentation that all three areas of the exam have been scheduled prior to the last day of class.

Governing agencies:

 Florida State Department Education, Florida State Board of Dentistry

Teacher: Christy Bessette, CDA EFDA, CRDH, BHS

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