What is the Dental Assisting program?
The Dental Assisting Program is a 12 month, Fall-entry only, full-time day program with limited enrollment (24 students). The program seeks to provide each student with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to become a vital part of the dental health care team and to meet the requirements of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) examining entity.
The mission of the program is to provide for and support competency-based learning for a multicultural community. As one of the accredited Dental Assisting Programs in Texas, the program is committed to excellence in helping to meet the diverse needs of both traditional and nontraditional students. The program seeks to provide each student with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to become a functional dental team member and meet the requirements of the national examining entity.
What will I learn?
Students will obtain knowledge in specific areas of dentistry to include:
What can I do with this course of study?
The Associate of Applied Science Degree and/or the level 1 certificate in dental assisting along with the Registered Dental Assistant certificate (upon successful completion of the RDA course and a passing score of 70 or above) will allow the student to pursue employment as a dental assistant in a dental office to include general dentistry or a specialty in dentistry. Students graduating from the Dental Assisting program will have the necessary certificates needed to be part of a successful dental team.
What's special about program?
As one of eight Dental Assisting Programs in Texas accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the program is committed to excellence in helping to meet the diverse needs of both traditional and nontraditional students.
The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is: www.ada.org/en/coda.
Dental Assisting Student Employment Policy
Although not recommended we understand that it is sometimes necessary for students to work therefore:
It is highly recommended that DNTA students work no more than twenty (20) hours per week while enrolled in the dental assisting program.
Scholastic standards must be maintained and course requirements must be met during periods of employment.
The performance of the student when working for remuneration is the legal responsibility of the employing agency and the individual student.