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Dental Assisting (Fall 2021)

Programs of Study

Credit Hours: 48

Format: In-person

Time to Complete: 1 Year

Start Term: Fall

Location: Davidson Campus

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What It's About

(Not currently enrolling students. Pending accreditation approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association)

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.

The mission of the program is to provide a quality education for the Dental Assisting students to be successful in the program. The faculty and staff will encourage professional and ethical behavior. The program will provide an environment to promote the team concept, lifelong learning, and the development of the skills and attitudes necessary to achieve the student’s goal of becoming a Certified Dental Assistant. The program is offered in the afternoon and evening until the clinical portion of the program. Clinical rotations are offered during daytime typical dental practice hours.

Courses You'll Take

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.

What You'll Gain

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants (CDA). As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

A Dental Assistant II or CDA can perform all legal expanded functions prescribed by a NC licensed dentist. Some of the many expanded functions a DA II can legally perform are: apply sealants, insert matrix bands and wedges, place cavity bases and liners, place and/or remove rubber dams, place and remove temporary restorations, take impressions and wax bites, remove sutures, expose and process radiographs, perform fluoride application and coronal polish.

Students must be admitted to the Dental Assisting program before enrolling in courses with a DEN prefix.

Applicants for admission to the Dental Assisting program must complete the requirements for admission as described in the Dental Assisting Admission Packet. 

NOTE: Meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee placement into the Dental Assisting program.

48 Credit Hours: $3,648.00
Books & Fees: $1732.00 (estimated)
Uniforms & Equipment: $ 230.00 (estimated)
Required Immunizations: Costs TBD

Dental Assisting National Board Certification (optional): $450.00-810.00. 

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Davidson-Davie Community College is seeking dental assisting program accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body, recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.

Policy for Third-Party Comments

Davidson-Davie is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Davidson-Davie Community College.

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