Dental Assisting

A dental assistant works at chairside while the dentist examines and treats patients. The dental assistant makes the patient comfortable in the chair, prepares the patient for treatment, obtains dental records, prepares impression and restorative materials, exposes and processes dental radiographs, and hands the dentist the proper instruments and materials. The assistant also sterilizes and disinfects instruments, prepares dental tray setups, and instructs the patient in postoperative and general oral health care.   Apply & Register Program Details

A dental assistant works at chairside while the dentist examines and treats patients. The dental assistant makes the patient comfortable in the chair, prepares the patient for treatment, obtains dental records, prepares impression and restorative materials, exposes and processes dental radiographs, and hands the dentist the proper instruments and materials. The assistant also sterilizes and disinfects instruments, prepares dental tray setups, and instructs the patient in postoperative and general oral health care.

 


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Academic Certificates

This curriculum is currently in the process of being updated. For the up-to-date curriculum, please view our 2020 Academic Program Guide.

Code Course Credits
First Year / Summer Semester
ENG-101 English Composition 1I 3
DAS-141 Biological Science for the Dental Assistant2 1
DAS-143 Infection Control for the Dental Assistant3 2
HPE-181 Basic Life Support “C” AHA 1
PSY-101 Basic Psychology 3
    10
First Year / Fall Semester
DAS-111 Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting4 7
DAS-120 Dental Radiology4 4
DAS-150 Dental Anatomy for Dental Assisting4 2
DAS-151 Dental Laboratory Procedures I4 2
DAS-170 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office4 1
    16
Code Course Credits
First Year / Spring Semester
DAS-115 Pharmacology5 1
DAS-125 Preventive Dentistry6 3
DAS-152 Dental Laboratory Procedures II7 2
DAS-160 Supervised Clinical Experience8 6
DAS-180 Office Administration 2
DAS-190 Oral Pathology5 1
    15
  Total Minimum Credits 41  
1Must test into ENG-101 or complete all appropriate prerequisites
2Co-requisite: DAS-143
3Formal Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
4Prerequisites: DAS-141 and DAS-143
5Prerequisites: DAS-141 and DAS-170
6Prerequisites: DAS-141, DAS-143, DAS-150, DAS-151, AND DAS-170
7Prerequisite: DAS-151, AND DAS-170
8Prerequisites: DAS-111, DAS-120, DAS-150, DAS-151, AND DAS-170

Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Perform the clinical tasks and responsibilities of a registered dental assistant under direct supervision of a dentist.
  2. Provide patient education.
  3. Apply technology in order to find information, take intraoral photographs, take digital radiographs and manage patient and business records.
  4. Integrate and apply basic science, dental science and dental assisting knowledge and skills.
  5. Explain and apply basic concepts of dental ethics and jurisprudence.

Special Program Information

Part-Time Option for Dental Assisting (DA) Program

This program can be taken on a full time or part-time basis. Classes in the full time program are offered during the day. The part-time program is offered in the evening. Please note that Supervised Clinical Experience in the affiliate offices is offered only during the day in the last semester for both programs.

Employment Opportunities

  • Chairside assistant or business administrator in general
    and specialty practices
  • Chairside assistant or business administrator in hospital
    and institutional settings
  • Dental assisting education
  • Positions dealing with dental insurance, dental laboratories,
    dental suppliers and dental placement agencies

Special Program Requirements

  • Interview with the program coordinator
  • Physical exam, various immunizations, drug screening verification
    must be current and will be required prior to beginning of class.
  • Admission on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis
  • Proof of high school diploma.
  • Completion of high school laboratory biology or chemistry
    with a grade “C” or better (equivalent courses may be taken
    at CCC).
  • Application to the DA program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Must maintain grade “C” or better in all DA coursework.
  • Placement at the College level English and math courses
    based on Accuplacer.
  • Students will perform two full-mouth series on patients
    to pre-clinical proficiency. Although some patients may be
    provided by the College, the student may need, identify
    and schedule patients who have a clinical need for dental
    radiographic imaging.

Contact Person

Professor Roxane Terranova, Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4471
email: rterranova@camdencc.edu

Additional information

CIP Code

51.0601

Program Code

DAS.CT