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Dental Assistant, A.A.S.


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The Dental Assistant program is designed to prepare individuals for a career in a variety of oral healthcare settings.  This may be as a clinical chairside assistant to a dentist or dental hygienist or as a non-clinical practice management assistant.  The program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and upon completion the student will take national and state examinations leading to certification and licensure in dental assisting. 

The course work includes content in general studies, bio-medical and dental sciences, clinical practices, and expanded functions allowed by the State of Minnesota.

Students will spend 10 weeks in extramural clinical experiences in area dental offices.

Fall Semester
Oral Radiology I 3
Dental Science 3
Chairside Assisting I 2
Preclinical Dental Assisting 4
Dental Practice Management 3
Dental Materials 3
Spring Semester
Oral Radiology II 3
Dental Health 2
Chairside Assisting II 4
Expanded Functions A 3
Expanded Functions B 3
Jurisprudence 1
Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Administration 1
Summer Semester
Extramural Clinical Experience I 3
Extramural Clinical Experience II 3
General Education Courses (take Any Semester)

Electives from Area 3 of MnTransfer curriculum
Composition I 3
Introduction to Psychology or 4
Introduction to Sociology 3
Introduction to Speech or 3
Interpersonal Communication 3
Job Seeking Skills 1
General Education Electives 5-6


Updated: si 12/27/13