Dental Assistant AAS (60 Credits)

Career Opportunities

Dental Assistants' 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.

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Technical Studies Pre-requisites:
MNTC Goal Area 1 Communication - Oral 3 Credits
MNTC Goal Area 1 Communications - Written 3 Credits
MNTC Goal Area 3 Natural Science 4 Credits
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.
Current CPR, AHA Healthcare Provider certification required
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 Credits
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 Credits
DENT2488 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1 Credits
General Education
MNTC Psychology 3 Credits
MNTC Goal Area 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 3 Credits
Estimated cost for books and supplies: $2940

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice.