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.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101
Student Success Seminar
DAS121
Dental Assisting Techniques I
DAS122
Dental Assisting Radiography
DAS128
Intro to Dental Terminology & Basic Anatomy
ENG124
College Composition
MTH125
College Algebra
BIO101
to Anatomy and Physiology
DAS123
Dental Assisting Techniques II
DAS124
Dental Assisting Materials
ITD122
Computer Applications for Professionals
SOC121
Sociology
DAS125
Dental Assisting Specialty
PSY121
General Psychology
BIO121
Anatomy and Physiology I (lab)
COM121
Effective Speaking
SOC225
Cultural Diversity
PSY124
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
BIO122
Anatomy and Physiology II (lab)
BUS121
Business Administration
ENG230
Business Communication
PHL122
Ethics

TOTAL CREDITS 61

 

Course Sequence

Career Enhancement Certificate (PDF)

DAS121
Dental Assisting Techniques I
DAS122
Dental Assisting Radiography
DAS123
Dental Assisting Techniques II
DAS124
Dental Assisting Materials
DAS128
Introduction to Dental Terminology
and Basic Anatomy
DAS125
Dental Assisting Specialty

TOTAL CREDITS 15

  • 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