Dental Assisting Diploma

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This curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental hygiene care for the individual and the community.

Students will learn to prepare the operatory, take patient histories, note abnormalities, plan care, teach oral hygiene, clean teeth, take x-rays, apply preventive agents, complete necessary chart entries, and perform other procedures related to dental hygiene care.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to take national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which are required to practice dental hygiene. Employment opportunities include dental offices, clinics, schools, public health agencies, industry, and professional education.

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.

Specific Program Requirements:

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. This program has a competitive selection process. See Fall 2017 Competitive Allied Health Program Criteria on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.
  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 encouraged 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: BIO,  DEN

Gainful Employment

First Semester

DEN 111
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 112
3 Credit Hour(s)
ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 101
7 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 103
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 110
3 Credit Hour(s)

Second Semester

COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 102
4 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 104
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 105
2 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 106
6 Credit Hour(s)

Third Semester

BIO 161
3 Credit Hour(s)
DEN 107
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

BIO 163 may be substituted for BIO 161 and is recommended for students pursuing a degree

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.

  • 47 Total Credit Hours Required