Curriculum & Outcomes

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

90 Credits

Program Mission: The Dental Assistant AAS degree prepares students with the necessary background, knowledge, and specialized skills for a career in the dental profession.

Students learn theory and skills from classroom lectures, laboratory practice, and hands-on practice in the Lake Washington Technical College Dental Clinic. Additional experiences in private dental practices are part of the four to six week required internship phase of training. Upon completion of this American Dental Association (ADA) accredited program, students will be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Dental Assisting Certification Examination.

Dental Assistant AAS degree graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • Perform four-handed chair-side dentistry on general chair-side procedures
  • Perform expanded functions such as rubber dam isolation, sealant placement, coronal polish, fluoride application, oral hygiene instruction, fabricate provisional restorations and crown, cord packing, radiographs, matrix system, alginate impressions and pouring study models
  • Apply appropriate sterilization and infection control techniques
  • Perform basic dental front office skills
  • Be prepared to become a Registered Dental Assistant in Washington state*
  • Be prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) examination**
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning Global outcomes

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite: High school completion or GED®.

Program Requirements

DENT 111 Introduction to Dental Assisting 2
DENT 112 Introduction to Chairside Procedures 5
DENT 113 Dental Practice Theory 5
DENT 114 Ethics/Law, Office Management 2
DENT 115 Oral Science 3
DENT 117 Dental Materials I 3
DENT 121 Dental Assisting Practicum I 6
DENT 124 Study of the Human Body 4
DENT 126 Radiology I 3
DENT 127 Dental Materials II 3
DENT 131 Dental Assisting Practicum II 7
DENT 133 Restorative Dentistry Dental Assisting 3
DENT 136 Radiology II 2
DENT 137 Dental Specialties 4
DENT 211 Dental Assisting Practicum III 4
DENT 214 Nutrition/ Pharmacology 3
DENT 215 Workplace Preparation 2
DENT 294 Dental Assisting Externship 6
Technical Electives 3

Academic Core Requirements - 20 Credits

Written Communication 5
CMST& Oral Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
PSYC& Psychology 5
Total Program Credits90

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

ELECTIVES - 3 credits

See faculty advisor/instructor for pre-approval.

Dental Assistant

Certificate of Proficiency

87 Credits

Students learn theory and skills from classroom lectures, laboratory practice, and hands-on practice in the Lake Washington Technical College Dental Clinic. Additional experiences in private dental practices are part of the four to six week required internship phase of training. Upon completion of this American Dental Association (ADA) accredited program, students will be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Dental Assisting Certification Examination.

Dental Assistant Certificate of Proficiency graduates will:

  • Be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • Perform four-handed chair-side dentistry on general chair-side procedures
  • Perform expanded functions such as rubber dam isolation, sealant placement, coronal polish, fluoride application, oral hygiene instruction, fabricate provisional restorations and crown, cord packing, radiographs, matrix system, alginate impressions and pouring study models
  • Apply appropriate sterilization and infection control techniques
  • Perform basic dental front office skills
  • Be prepared to become a Registered Dental Assistant in Washington state*
  • Be prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) examination**
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and technical and information literacy skills

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall, Spring

Program Requirements

DENT 111 Introduction to Dental Assisting 2
DENT 112 Introduction to Chairside Procedures 5
DENT 113 Dental Practice Theory 5
DENT 114 Ethics/Law, Office Management 2
DENT 115 Oral Science 3
DENT 117 Dental Materials I 3
DENT 121 Dental Assisting Practicum I 6
DENT 124 Study of the Human Body 4
DENT 126 Radiology I 3
DENT 127 Dental Materials II 3
DENT 131 Dental Assisting Practicum II 7
DENT 133 Restorative Dentistry for Dental Assisting 3
DENT 136 Radiology II 2
DENT 137 Dental Specialties 4
DENT 211 Dental Assisting Practicum III 4
DENT 214 Nutrition/Pharmacology 3
DENT 215 Workplace Preparation 2
DENT 294 Dental Assisting Externship 6

Academic Core Requirements - 15 Credits

Written Communication 5
CMST& Oral Communication 5
Quantitative Reasoning 5
PSYC& Psychology 5
Total Program Credits87

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

* Registering as Dental assistant (RDA) in WA State (mandatory). Application, HIV/ AIDS Training

** Dental Assisting National Board info. to become Certified Dental Assistant (optional in WA State).

On CDA application for Pathway I : Program code is 0904 for Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

But DANB’s CDA, RHS and ICE exams are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Air Force.