The Dental Assisting 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 chairside 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 may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, 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.
Specific Program Requirements:
- General college admission requirements.
- 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.
- Acceptable report of medical examination by first day of class.
- Completion of required immunizations by first day of class, including first two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
- 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.
The Diploma is designed for direct entry into the respective field. Individuals wishing to pursue educational opportunities beyond the Diploma, should refer to the “Transfer of Credit to Other Institutions” page on the website.
Dental Assisting Program Goals
To prepare students through didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences to provide dental assisting services in a variety of dental settings while upholding professional standards.
To provide foundational knowledge through a strong curriculum that prepares students to assume responsibility for ethical dental care and helps develop the skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
To promote commitment to the profession through DANB certification, membership with professional organizations, continuing education and community service.
Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BIO, DEN