Brush Up Your Skills
Students in the SCTCC Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs partner with local dentists each week to provide dental care to low-income families. Care is provided in SCTCC’s dental clinic.
The St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (http://www.ada.org/117.aspx).
The Dental Assistant Program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to acquire background knowledge and develop specialized skills for gaining employment in the dental profession. Specific training is provided to prepare the student for a variety of duties performed by the dental assistant including chairside assisting, infection control procedures, preparing instruments and materials, laboratory procedures, administrative duties and expanded functions such as mechanical polishing and application of sealants. This learning is accomplished through on-campus classroom, laboratory and clinical experience as well as an internship in dental offices. The dental assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Graduates will be eligible to write the Dental Assisting National Board Certification examination and the Minnesota Licensure examination.
The need for Dental Assistants is due to the success of preventive dentistry, increased awareness of the importance of regular dental care and cosmetic dentistry. Work schedules are often flexible and include full-time and part-time opportunities in a variety of settings including general dental practices, public health clinics, insurance companies, dental education facilities, and specialty practices such as orthodontics and oral surgery.
Additional Program Information is available from this webpage, including the Admissions Process for the programs, Program Faculty Information, and other important program related information. Please review all of the program information on the Program Admissions link. This is a professional education program and you will be expected to display personal responsibility and understanding of the requirements of the program and profession. If you still have additional questions, please attend a program information session and learn more about applying to the program and what types of jobs this education can lead towards.
Program Information Session
To learn more about the Dental Assistant program, sign up for an Information Session. These sessions provide an opportunity to:
- Talk face-to-face with program faculty.
- Tour state-of-the-art labs, where hands on learning comes to life.
- Get your questions answered.
Watch the program video and review program web pages for more information.