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Dental Assisting

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Dental Assisting prepares students to work collaboratively in a dental setting or transfer to a healthcare related four-year program. Students will be able to assist the dental team in a broad scope of dental procedures, perform office management functions, and provide patient support. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is also available. Students that meet the CCL requirements in the program may proceed to earn their AAS degree.

Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exams to earn the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credential. Additionally, students are prepared for the required Arizona Radiologic Proficiency Certificate (AZRC) and the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP).

Dental assisting professionals meeting admissions guidelines may be eligible to participate in an Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) program in Arizona.

This full-time Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611-2637; (312) 440-4653).

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Dental Assisting (CER)
Total Credits Required
28-45.5
Notes

This is a full-time program and requires approximately 40 hours per week for classroom, clinical, and homework.

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Provide direct patient care as allowed by the Arizona State Dental Practice Act. (DAE112, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, BIO160, BIO201, BIO201XT, BIO202, EMT101, (COM))
  • Acquire, interpret, and manage comprehensive patient data including medical and dental histories, vital signs, dental radiographs, photographs, other kinds of imaging, and impressions of patients' teeth for study casts. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, BIO160, BIO201, BIO201XT, BIO202)
  • Document diagnoses, treatment plans, procedures performed, referrals, and lab cases. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, BIO160, BIO201, BIO201XT, BIO202)
  • Assist general and specialty dentists and other members of the healthcare team during a variety of treatment procedures, as well as in the management of medical or dental emergencies. (DAE112, DAE131, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, EMT101, (COM))
  • Provide patient support/management, i.e., helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, (COM))
  • Teach patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health; provide instructions for post-operative care. (DAE112, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, (COM))
  • Communicate with diverse audiences, including the dental team, patients, labs, other healthcare providers, insurance representatives, and suppliers. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, (COM))
  • Practice OSHA and CDC guidelines for safety and infection control. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256)
  • Safely operate and maintain dental equipment. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256)
  • Demonstrate office management skills, including inventory, time management, prioritization, multitasking, computer competency, and application of specialized software. (DAE112, DAE131, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256)
  • Exhibit professional behaviors for the dental environment and related professional settings. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256)
  • Adhere to professional ethics, legal practices, and rules and regulations set forth by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256)
  • Apply critical thinking skills to make appropriate decisions. (DAE112, DAE124, DAE131, DAE140, DAE156, DAE212, DAE224, DAE225, DAE226, DAE227, DAE228, DAE256, CRE101)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:28
DAE112Dental Assisting I7
DAE124Dental Radiography2
DAE131Dental Radiography Laboratory2
DAE140Dental Issues Seminar1
DAE156Dental Assisting II7
DAE212Dental Assisting III2
DAE224General Clinical Practice1
DAE225Pediatric Clinical Practice1
DAE226Periodontal Clinical Practice1
DAE227Orthodontic Clinical Practice1
DAE228Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinical Practice1
DAE256Dental Assisting IV2

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