The mission of the Dental Assisting program is to prepare academically competent adults who are prepared for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam* through the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB); and to make students occupationally proficient for employment; while establishing a sound foundation for continued learning. The Dental Assisting program integrates lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences to teach students a variety of dental-related subjects. The major areas of study include anatomy and physiology, chair side dental assisting, radiology, dental materials, and microbiology/ sterilization. The program also covers pharmacology, oral pathology, dental anatomy, computer introduction, medical/ dental emergencies, dental office business procedures, legal/ethical management, and communications. Experience gained in the Dental Assisting program prepares students
for the national certification testing in Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE), which are required prior to taking the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam through DANB.
* Work experience is required in addition to the academic
DANB, RHS, & ICE *Subject to passing