The Dental Assisting Program prepares students to enter the healthcare workforce as Dental Assistants who are competent in the provision of safe, ethical and effective care, as well as a valuable team member for the front office.
The program features modern equipment and highly skilled faculty and staff. Students learn to utilize current technology and techniques to facilitate the learning of dental assisting skills in our full-service dental clinic.
Graduates have excellent job placement rates, with many students having jobs before graduation in pediatric dentistry, periodontics, preventive dentistry, community and non-profit clinics, and education and research sectors. The program offers online course work and hands-on patient experiences one day a week beginning in 2023 Winter and Summer quarters. Pre-arranged clinical externships will provide private practice and community clinic experiences.
Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.
Students entering the Dental Assistant program will be required to attend the program orientation (see the Program Orientation tab below for more information).
Accepted candidates are required to have a physical and eye exam, as well as provide proof of immunizations. Accepted candidates are required to provide proof of immunizations.
|Hepatitis B||3 dose series within the last 10 years OR positive titer showing immunity||Lab results|
|Tuberculin test||2-step tuberculin test OR QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (GFT-GIT) showing no active TB (must be done before entering the program)||Two negative test or lab results [Note: TB test is positive, it is necessary to have a chest x-ray and a TB Assessment signed by a healthcare provider]|
|Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)||Positive titer showing immunity||Lab results|
|Varicella (chickenpox)||Positive titer showing immunity||Lab results|
|Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis||1-dose within the last two years or TD within 10 years||Vaccine record|
|COVID vaccination||Must have full vaccination (2 weeks past final 1 or 2-dose series) before beginning the program||Vaccine record (boosters may be required every 6 months)|
Additional documentation may be required for Dental Assistants students to participate in clinical settings. Documentation may include but is not limited to:
Students enrolled in the Dental Assisting program are required to attend the program orientation to go over policies and procedures regarding physical exam, vision exam, immunizations, and other requirements related to being a healthcare provider.
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Friday, Closed to the public