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. 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.


Area of Interest:
Health and Wellness
Degree/Certificate:
Associate in Applied Science
CodeCourseCredits
First Year / Summer Semester
ENG-101English Composition I13
DAS-141Biological Science for the Dental Assistant21
DAS-143Infection Control for the Dental Assistant32
HPE-181Basic Life Support “C” AHA1
PSY-101Basic Psychology3
10
First Year / Fall Semester
DAS-111Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting47
DAS-120Dental Radiology44
DAS-150Dental Anatomy for Dental Assisting42
DAS-151Dental Laboratory Procedures I42
DAS-170Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office41
16
First Year / Spring Semester
DAS-115Pharmacology51
DAS-125Preventive Dentistry63
DAS-152Dental Laboratory Procedures II72
DAS-160Supervised Clinical Experience6
DAS-180Office Administration2
DAS-190Oral Pathology51
15
CodeCourseCredits
Second Year / First Semester
ENG-102English Composition II93
...-...Humanities General Education Elective3
MTH....Mathematics General Education Elective3/4
...-...Free Elective3
12/13
Second Semester
...-...Diversity - Humanities General Education Elective3
...-...Laboratory Science General Education Elective4
7
Total Minimum Credits60
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
9Prerequisite: ENG-101

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.

Employment Opportunities

  • Chairside assistant or business administrator in
    general or specialty practices
  • Chairside assistant or business administrator in
    hospital and institutional settings
  • Dental assisting education

Special Program Requirements

  • Completion of the Dental Assisting Certificate program at
    Camden County College or graduation from a recognized
    accredited dental assisting (CODA) career program.
  • Physical exam, various immunizations, drug screening
    verification must be current and will be required prior to
    beginning of class.
  • Assessment of credentials with the program coordinator
  • Placement into college-level English and mathematics
    courses based on the results of the College Placement Test
    or other approved test
  • Proof of high school diploma
  • Application to the Dental Assisting program
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of high school biology and chemistry lab course with a “C” or better
    (equivalent courses may be taken at CCC).
  • Must maintain a grade “C” or better in all dental assisting
    coursework.
  • All credit assessments will be conducted by transcripts.
  • 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.

Transfer Opportunities

Students in this program transfer to many institutions including our premier partner:

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Contact Person

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

Additional information

CIP Code

51.0601

Program Code

DAS.AAS