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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
DENT1100 Biomaterials 3
DENT1102 Dental Anatomy 2
DENT1103 Introduction for Dental Health Care Providers 2
DENT1104 Dental Health Care Providers II 1
DENT1106 Dental Radiology Lecture 3
DENT1122 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DNAS1103 Clinical Assisting I 6
DNAS1105 Clincial Assisting II 5
DNAS1106 Biodental Science 3
DNAS1114 Dental Prac Management 2
DNAS1119 Advanced Functions 5
DNAS1144 Clinical Affiliations 6
DNAS1210 Radiology Lab 1
DNAS1212 Radiology Lab II 1
DNAS1215 Dental Specialties 1
MNTC Courses
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *

Total Credits: 48


About this program

The Dental Assisting program provides the knowledge necessary for the dental assistant to assist in performing general clinical assisting and support functions, intraoral clinical procedures, business office procedures and laboratory tasks. The curriculum includes content in general studies; biomedical, dental and clinical sciences; clinical practice; and additional intraoral clinical functions. Certain biomedical and dental science courses offered in the curriculum are common to both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene majors. Graduates are eligible to write the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Registration Exam.

Program outcomes

1. Perform duties within existing ethical and legal parameters of the clinical dental practice.
2. Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
3. Perform entry level dental assisting skills.
4. Interact effectively with patients, peers, and dental health team.
5. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent to the dental profession.
6. Apply knowledge of basic sciences.
7. Apply principles of clinical assisting for expanded function procedures in dentistry.
8. Demonstrate proficiency and organizational skills in the dental clinic environment.

Employment information

The demand for dental care will continue to grow. Due to the success of preventive dentistry in reducing the incidence of dental disease, the growing older population will retain their teeth longer, and will be even more aware of the importance of regular dental care. Dentists will need to employ more dental assistants than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental care. There are more than 200,000 active dental assistants in the U.S. today. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers requiring a specialized diploma are projected to add significant numbers of employment opportunities for dental assistants by 2005. Most areas of the country are currently reporting shortages of dental assistants.

The majority of dental assistants are employed by general dentists. Additionally, dental specialists (e.g. orthodontists, oral / maxillofacial surgeons) employ dental assistants. The majority of graduates are employed as clinical assistants and many states require specialized credentials as an employment criteria. In addition to private practices, dental assistants may seek employment with public health / government clinics, military dental services, dental schools, allied dental education programs, retail / wholesale dental industry, insurance and consulting companies. Since many dentists employ two or three dental assistants, employment opportunities in this field are excellent. There is a great deal of stability and employment security for individuals that are interested in becoming a dental assistant.

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Program accreditation

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.