Dental Assisting

Career & Technical Certificate
Dental Assisting prepares the student to assist the dentist during patient treatment procedures. Classroom, lab, and clinical instruction provide students with a broad background in all aspects of dentistry. Clinical internship is provided by area dental offices under the guidance of dentists and assistants in the communities throughout the district. The program also includes courses which teach expanded functions for dental assistants who have demonstrated proficiency through education.

Field Internship
During the summer semester, students spend time actually observing and interning in dental offices throughout the surrounding districts. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.
Representative Job Titles
Those completing the program will receive a certificate of achievement and will be immediately eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board. Successful candidates may use the title Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Students will also be eligible to perform the following expanded functions upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting Program.
  • Coronal Polish
  • Place Dental Sealants
  • Monitor Nitrous Oxide
Program Requirements
Students must place in English 101 or must have completed English 100 with a C or better.

Recommended Semester Schedules
General Education classes are scheduled by the student so they are not in conflict with the Dental Assisting Program Classes. If you have taken any of the required general education classes within the last five years with a C or better, you may not have to retake the classes. General Education classes must be completed by the completion of the program.

NOTE: The program requirements presented here are effective Fall 2013. Previous versions of the KC Catalog are available in their entirety at our catalog archive. If you are uncertain about which catalog you should reference, please contact an academic advisor. Please contact an academic advisor with questions regarding course registration or degree/certificate completion.
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