About this course
The Dental Assistant program provides the educational environment and experiences to prepare for employment as a dental assistant. The program graduate has the knowledge and skills necessary to assist during the delivery of dental care, perform supportive treatment procedures and basic business office tasks. Graduates may take the Dental Assisting National Board examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Students may request consideration for advanced placement by submitting an official transcript of coursework. This program does not offer credit for experiential learning.
This is a course approved by the Kansas Dental Board, designed for experienced dental assistants to expand their skills in preventive dentistry with didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction in supragingival scaling and polishing. Includes review of dental anatomy and terminology, radiography and infection control, as well as didactic instruction in nutrition, periodontal disease, dental caries, oral hygiene instruction, topical fluoride, principles of instrumentation, communication skills and risk management. Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited dental assistant program and CDA (Certified Dental Assistant) and six months of experience as a dental assistant or three years employment as a dental assistant within the last five years or departmental consent or satisfactory course placement assessment