Dental Assistants perform a variety of tasks including chairside assisting, dental practice management, dental radiology, administrative assisting and infection control. They are vital members of the dental team. Theory and principles of Dental Assisting will be presented through the curriculum in the classroom, clinical affiliation is conducted off-campus in a variety of dental offices. Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
- Estimated Length of Program: 1 year
- Credential Awarded: Certificate in Dental Assistant
The Dental 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 (CODA) 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.
This CODA accredited program program has two primary objectives: to prepare the student for employment as a professional member of the dental team, functioning as a competent certified 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.
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.
The Dental Assisting program will produce graduates who are qualified to perform basic skills/advanced functions and roles within dentistry such as:
- Chairside Assisting for general and specialty practices
- Infection Control Protocol Management
- Dental Practice Management
- Dental Radiology/Conventional/Digital Applications
- Advanced Functions Assisting
Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, a Certificate in Dental Assistant will be awarded.