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:
Associate in Applied Science
Code Course Credits
First Year / Summer Semester
ENG-101 English Composition I 3
DAS-141 Biological Science for the Dental Assistant 1
DAS-143 Infection Control for the Dental Assistant 2
HPE-181 Basic Life Support “C” AHA 1
PSY-101 Basic Psychology 3
    10
First Year / Fall Semester
DAS-111 Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting 7
DAS-120 Dental Radiology 4
DAS-150 Dental Anatomy for Dental Assisting 2
DAS-151 Dental Laboratory Procedures I 2
DAS-170 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1
    16
First Year / Spring Semester
DAS-115 Pharmacology 1
DAS-125 Preventive Dentistry 3
DAS-152 Dental Laboratory Procedures II 2
DAS-160 Supervised Clinical Experience 6
DAS-180 Office Administration 2
DAS-190 Oral Pathology 1
    15
Code Course Credits
Second Year / First Semester
ENG-102 English Composition II 3
...-... Humanities General Education Elective 3
MTH.... Mathematics General Education Elective 3/4
...-... Free Elective 3
    12/13
Second Semester
...-... Diversity - Humanities General Education Elective 3
...-... Laboratory Science General Education Elective 4
    7
  Total Minimum Credits 60
Note: Part-Time Evening Alternative ALL courses will be held Monday – Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Program Goals

  • To provide a college-level dental assisting education that will prepare the student to function effectively as a dental assistant in various settings.
  • To maintain a dynamic interdisciplinary dental assisting education that recognizes the complexity of a scientific and technologically oriented society.
  • To provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to attain certification, registration and licensure mandated for dental assistants.
  • To provide students with a General Education foundation.

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