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Dental Assisting Diploma

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This curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair-side and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As Dental Assistant IIs, defined by the dental laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas

This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, 1-800-621-8099, Ext. 2705, www.ada.org.

Specific Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. This program has a competitive selection process. See Selection Criteria and Procedures for Allied Health Programs on the College Admissions Office web page for full details.

  3. Acceptable report of medical examination by first day of class.
  4. Completion of required immunizations by first day of class, including first two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
  5. Students applying to the Dental Assisting program are advised to have successfully completed all General Education requirements prior to program admission due to the rigorous nature of the Dental Assisting curriculum.

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: DEN, BIO

Gainful Employment Information

First Semester (Fall)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
DEN 100 Basic Orofacial Anatomy 2
DEN 101 Preclinical Procedures 7
DEN 103 Dental Sciences 2
DEN 111 Infection/Hazard Control 2
DEN 112 Dental Radiography 3

Second Semester (Spring)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
DEN 102 Dental Materials 5
DEN 104 Dental Health Education 3
DEN 105 Practice Management 2
DEN 106 Clinical Practice I 5
COM 120 Interpersonal Communication 3

Third Semester (Summer)

Subject Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO 161 Intro to Human Biology 3
DEN 107 Clinical Practice II 5
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
Semester Notes
  • BIO 163 may be substituted for BIO 161

*BIO 163 is recommended if student is continuing on to pursue a degree

Total Credit Hours Required


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