• Cost $4,999

    Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time. Textbooks and exams included in price.

  • Commitment 6 months-1 year

  • Terms Offered Fall, Spring

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Interested in a career in oral health care but don’t have years to dedicate to training as a dentist or hygienist? A Dental Assistant certificate may be just what you’re looking for.

A dental assistant works on the delivery of quality oral health care and is a valuable member of the dental care team. Responsibilities include performing tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills, assisting the dentist with the patient, developing dental radiographs (x-ray), collecting information about patients’ medical history and helping patients to feel comfortable when entering the office and during treatment.

The Dental Assistant certificate program is designed to prepare you for this exciting and fast-paced career. In the classroom you’ll study topics including infection control, dental charting, preparing patients, basic chairside assisting, identifying and using various dental materials, instruments and handpieces, tray set-up and procedures, and business administration procedures. You will then have the opportunity to practice your new skills in clinical rotations.

Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the “Radiation Health & Safety” (RHS) and the “Infection Control Exam” (ICE) portions of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification, as required by law, in the state of Connecticut. The DANB, RHS, and ICE exams are administered by computer at PROMETRICS Testing Centers.

In this course you'll learn how to:

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  • identify the history of the dental profession and the legal and ethical policies
  • identify the educational requirements and examinations of a dental assistant
  • identify basic knowledge of the body systems
  • identify oral embryology and histology
  • identify the dentitions, dental terminology and tooth numbering systems
  • identify and classify hand instruments and handpieces
  • identify dental anesthesia and pain control
  • identify basic microbiology and disease transmission
  • differentiate specialty offices and understand their techniques and procedures
  • identify nutritional guidelines
  • identify oral pathology
  • identify radiographic equipment and radiation safety
  • identify OSHA regulations
  • conduct a medical history and have knowledge of medication and medical conditions
  • assess vital signs and knowledge of the readings
  • create and read treatment plans and provide patient education
  • take radiographs and identify landmarks
  • take impressions, assist with a rubber dam and have knowledge of dental materials

Admission Requirements

  • Completed health form, signed by your physician
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including booster
  • A GED or high school diploma is not required for admission to the program. However, students must have one of these to take the National Exam.

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