Program Description

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Dental Assistant
Dental Assistant AAS Degree (60 Credits)

Program Description
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 in preparing 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 rotation 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.

A background check, including fingerprinting, will be completed as a requirement of this program. At the time of the background check submission, students must provide documentation as required by the MN Department of Human Services. If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

Career Opportunities
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. The AAS degree is designed to transfer some general education credits toward earning a dental hygiene degree and/or a related baccalaureate major.

Technical Studies Prerequisites

» MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Oral 3 credits

» MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications-Written 3 credits

» MNTC Goal Area 3 Natural Science- 4 credits

» Current CPR, AHA Healthcare Provider required

» Prior to entering the Dental Assistant program, students must complete the Accuplacer test with scores above the cutoff point in reading comprehension or successful completion of equivalent general education course work.

» In addition the following must be completed: A medical examination, vaccinations against Hepatitis B or a signed release form, Mantoux test, mandatory attendance at an information meeting, and background check.

Suggested Technical Studies Semester I
DENT1400 Dental Sciences 3 Credits
DENT1405 Introduction to Dental Assisting 2 Credits
DENT1413 Preclinical Dental Assisting 2 Credits
DENT1415 Infection Control in the Dental Environment 2 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester II
DENT1425 Chairside Assisting I 3 Credits
DENT1435 Dental Materials 3 Credits
DENT1441 Dental Radiology I 3 Credits
DENT1445 Expanded Functions I 3 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester III
DENT2406 Dental Health 1 Credit  
DENT2424 Chairside Assisting II 4 Credits
DENT2447 Dental Radiology II 3 Credits
DENT2454 Expanded Functions II 4 Credits

Suggested Technical Studies Semester IV
DENT2413 Dental Practice Management 2 Credits
DENT2461 Internship 7 Credits
DENT2486 Internship Seminar 1 Credit  
DENT2488 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 Credit  

General Education
  MNTC Goal Area 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 3 Credits
  MNTransfer Psychology 3 Credits

Estimated cost for books and supplies: $5,110

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.


Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303