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Dental Assisting

The dental assisting program prepares students for professional careers as basic qualified dental personnel or dental assistants, who can work in a variety of roles in a dental setting.  Graduates work in positions as clinical assistants, infection control managers, practice managers, dental hygiene assistants and/or receptionists dental offices, dental clinics and public health facilities.

Students prepare for entry into the dental profession and train to provide basic, adjunctive and supportive dental services alongside licensed dental professionals. The curriculum includes instruction in the dental sciences, materials, radiography, office management, preventative dentistry and general chair side procedures.

With one semester of study and completion of the major courses, students can earn a career enhancement certificate and be able to sit for the Ohio Dental Assistants Certification examination, offered by the Commission on Dental Testing, Inc.  Upon conclusion of the career enhancement certificate courses, students are also eligible to apply for the Ohio dental assistant’s radiographer certificate. 

Students, who complete additional coursework through four additional semesters of study, may earn an associate of science degree with a major in dental assisting.

Students who have earned a dental assisting certificate at a Tech Prep or Career/Technical Center Program and successfully completed state or national CDA examinations will be eligible to articulate their dental assisting courses toward the associate degree.

Major courses are offered during the day, evening and weekend – fall, spring and summer semesters.  This variation makes completion of the dental assisting certificate and/or degree option simple and flexible.

After one or two semesters of study and completion of the major courses, students will earn a career enhancement certificate and are eligible to sit for the Certified Ohio Dental Assistant examination offered by the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistant Certification. If successful on the state’s written and practical exam, and upon registration with the Ohio State Dental Board, a successful applicant will be permitted to use the CODA initials following their name.

Requirements for admission into the program:

  • high school diploma or GED
  • complete the College admissions process including completion of the COMPAS test and providing high school and/or college transcripts for evaluation
  • submit a health program application to the Academic/Records/Registrar’s Office
  • complete Critical Analysis (IDS102) or demonstrate proficiency in college reading through Compass placement assessment or ACT scores

For course descriptions visit here.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

DAS121  Dental Assisting Techniques I
SSC101  Student Success Seminar
DAS121  Dental Assisting Techniques I
DAS122 Dental Assisting Radiography
MTH125  College Algebra or MTH124 Statistics
ENG124  College Composition
DAS128  Intro to Dental Terminology & Basic Anatomy
CHM101  Intro to Chemistry
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
SOC121  Sociology
DAS123  Dental Assisting Techniques II
DAS124  Dental Assisting Materials
BIO101  Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
PSY121  General Psychology^
DAS125  Dental Assisting Specialty
BIO121  Anatomy & Physiology I
COM121  Effective Speaking
SOC225  Cultural Diversity
Literature or History Elective
BUS121  Business Administration
PHL122  Ethics
BIO122  Anatomy & Physiology II
ENG230  Business Communication

TOTAL CREDITS 65-66

Career Enhancement Certificate Course Sequence

 

DAS128  Introduction to Dental Terminology and Anatomy
DAS121  Dental Assisting Techniques I
DAS122  Dental Assisting Radiography
DAS123  Dental Assisting Techniques II
DAS124  Dental Assisting Materials

Optional: Dental Assisting Specialty (DAS125) (Students may select a dental assisting course option in which to gain specialized skills: Dental Office Management, Community Dentistry, or Clinical Dental Assisting.)

TOTAL CREDITS 15