Assistant curriculum encompasses the multi-disciplinary team concept.
Theoretical skills are attained in conjunction with supervised off-campus
clinical affiliation experiences. The curriculum conforms to the standards
which are required by the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and
Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs. Upon successful completion of
the program, the student graduates with a Certificate in Dental Assistant
and is eligible to take the Dental Assistant National Board Examination.
The program in dental assisting is fully accredited by the Commission
on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized
accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
and by the United States Department of Education.
An applicant should be a high school graduate, or possess a G.E.D.
equivalency with a college preparatory background in English, biology
(with a lab), mathematics, and typing. The Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT1) is optional, but preferred. A reading examination will be administered
to those individuals who are accepted into the program. Applications
should be submitted to the Admissions Office.
The Dental Assistant program has two primary objectives: to prepare
the student for employment as a professional member of the dental team,
functioning as a competent dental assistant after graduation; and to
prepare and motivate the student to continue his/her dental education
toward a degree. Advanced degrees will enable the qualified student
to participate in broader areas of the dental profession.
Dental assisting students must purchase a kit which is
non-refundable and is comprised of essential materials and supplies.
In addition, other expenses will be required as the academic year
progresses. Information about additional costs associated with the Program are found under
*Additional Student Costs
Clinical affiliation is conducted off-campus at various dental offices
throughout Western Massachusetts. The student is responsible for providing
transportation to and from each clinical and educational facility. The
student is expected to be in full dress uniform during this portion
of the curriculum. Students who are accepted in the Program need to have current Health Care Provider
(CPR and AED) and Heartsaver First Aid Certification by the first day of class
Bloodborne Pathogen Policy: Dental Assisting Students provide services in the oral cavity
where they come in contact with blood and saliva. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates risks
are negligible when optimal infection control is practiced.
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The Dental Assisting program will produce graduates who are qualified
to perform basic skills and roles within dentistry such as:
General Education Goals:
*Additional Student Costs:
The minimum grade requirement for the Dental Assistant Program is
a grade of "C" (2.0) in each course. Upon the successful completion
of requirements for this program, a Certificate in Dental Assistant
will be awarded.