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Dental Assisting Program

HTH E31 - Dental Assisting Program
Course Description: The 60-hour Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – dental assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics – administrative aspects include: the history of dentistry and dental assisting; introduction to the dental office; the legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines.

Clinical Aspects Include:
Introduction to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.

Dental Assisting Program
Dental assistants provide quality preventative and corrective dental care under direct supervision of the dentist or dental hygienist. The dental assistant is responsible for assisting dentists and dental hygienists with patient care as well as providing certain administrative support to the office.

Dental Assistant Program – Employment & Education
According to the Bureau of Labor, employment in the dental field is expected to grow 36 percent from 2008-2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, dental assistants are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations from 2008–2018. Reasons for this expansion include the population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations will fuel demand for dental services.

Dental assistants work in a variety of health care settings including dentist offices, hospitals and other similar facilities. With the national increase in health care related services and the national shortage of health care professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially.

Median annual wages of dental assistants were $32,380 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $26,980 and $38,960. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,270, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $46,150 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 edition.

Educational Requirements
Most employers prefer that dental assistants and aides have a high school diploma or equivalent. There are state and national examinations that test the competency of dental assistants and which often lead to a dental assistant/hygienist certification.

Dental Assisting Program
This course covers the following key areas and topics:
Administrative Aspects
   • The History of Dentistry and Dental Assisting
   • Introduction to the Dental Office
   • The Legal Aspects of Dentistry and Dental Assisting
   • Policies and Guidelines
Clinical Aspects
   • Introduction to Oral Anatomy
   • Dental Operatory
   • Dental Equipment, Operation and Maintenance
   • Introduction to Tooth Structure
   • Primary and Permanent Teeth
   • The Oral Cavity and Related Structures
   • Proper Patient Positioning
   • Dental Hand-Pieces
   • Dental anesthesia
   • Sterilization
   • Maintaining Sterility and Asepsis and Other Areas

In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program. The program includes graded quizzes and exams.

Course Contact Hours: 60

There is NO certification exam for this course.

Course Offerings:

Fall 2015
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 8, 2015 – November 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Room: H-126
Tuition: $1,199* (Textbooks included)
* = Additional college registration and technology fees may apply.

For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500, or email us.

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