Program Code: CC.DENTALASST
The Dental Assistant (DA) program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the dental care setting. The goal of the program is to graduate students that have demonstrated competencies in clinical and administrative practices as well as demonstrated work ethics and professional values consistent with that of the American Dental Association (ADA).
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Related Instruction Outcomes
- 1 course - MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I or MTH-065 Algebra II
- Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems.
- 1 course - WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing or WR-121 English Composition
- Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for professional audiences.
- 1 course - PSY-101 Human Relations
- Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- demonstrate proficiency in exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs and digital imaging;
- apply current concepts of occupational safety hazards, infection control and aseptic procedures to promote a safe work environment and prevent disease transmission;
- perform entry-level chairside dental assisting skills;
- demonstrate basic competencies in dental administrative practices;
- assist with medical emergencies in the dental office.
Program Requirements and Prerequisites
This limited entry program requires the applicant to meet the program requirements prior to being formally admitted into the program. The requirements are to be completed in a four-phase process, with specific timelines for each phase. Information regarding specific requirements and timelines are located at www.clackamas.edu/dental-assistant.
The applicant must follow and complete all steps to be invited to continue through each phase of the admission process, with the final phase resulting in the opportunity to be invited for admission.
DA students will participate in unpaid, supervised externships in the dental care setting.
Disclaimer: Clinical training is required in order to complete certain Health Sciences programs offered by Clackamas Community College (CCC). Although CCC does not restrict program entry based on age, some college partners, such as healthcare agencies, organization and clinics, require students to be at least 18 years of age before they can participate in clinical training. Students who intend to enroll prior to reaching 18 years of age should consult with the appropriate Health Sciences program director or administrator to determine when clinical training begins for their program and to understand any limitations.
|DA-101||Dental Radiology I||2|
|DA-101L||Dental Radiology I Lab||1|
|DA-104||Clinical Procedures I||2|
|DA-104L||Clinical Procedures I Lab||1|
|DA-107||Dental Materials I||2|
|DA-107L||Dental Materials I Lab||1|
|DA-110||Clinical Practicum I||1|
|DA-125||Dental Infection Control||2|
|Communication Skills: Occupational Writing
or English Composition
|DA-102||Dental Radiology II||2|
|DA-102L||Dental Radiology II Lab||1|
|DA-105||Clinical Procedures II||2|
|DA-105L||Clinical Procedures II Lab||1|
|DA-108||Dental Materials II||2|
|DA-108L||Dental Materials II Lab||1|
|DA-120||Clinical Practicum II||5|
|DA-106||Clinical Procedures III||2|
|DA-106L||Clinical Procedures III Lab||1|
|DA-130||Clinical Practicum III||8|
|DA-145||Dental Office Procedures||2|
|Technical Mathematics I
or Algebra II
Dental lab schedules (am/pm) are based on lottery. Information will be provided at orientation.
Current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider (provider level CPR) and First Aid (AHA Heartsaver) certification are required during practicums. All DA students will be required to complete a criminal history background, provide proof of immunization, and students will be asked to take a drug test as arranged by the department.
Students must achieve a C or higher grade in all required courses prior to advancing to the next term.
Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order. Core curriculum is intended to be completed over three consecutive terms.