A.S. in Dental Assisting
The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for the California State Registered Dental Assistant Examination. This program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Accreditation and the California State Board of Dental Examiners. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to sit for the California State Registered Dental Assistant Examination and the National Certification Examination.
Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
- Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
- Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
- Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
|DENT 100||Dental Assisting Basics||2.5|
|DENT 101||Chairside Assisting||3|
|DENT 102||Dental Materials||2.5|
|DENT 121||Preclinical Dental Science||2|
|DENT 122||Infection Control in the Dental Office||1.5|
|DENT 123||Preventive Dental Health||2|
|DENT 124||Dental Specialties||2|
|DENT 125||Dental Practice Management||2|
|DENT 201||Dental Radiology||2|
|DENT 202||Registered Dental Assistant||4.5|
|DENT 203||Dental Practice Experience||5.5|
|DENT 204||RDA Clinical Procedures||1|
A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing the Dental Assisting A.S. Degree will:
- Use correct dental terminology and nomenclature in the correct context in order to effectively communicate dental information and concepts to others.
- Develop problem-solving and self-assessment skills and make appropriate decisions regarding a variety of procedural situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to interact with patients and work effectively as a member of the dental team.
- Maintain the standard of care during dental treatment and promote oral health.
- Develop the ability to use and adapt to current technology used in dental practices.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the current duties of an RDA, practicing within the delegated duties (scope of practice).
- Develop foundational knowledge of dental procedures and the ability to communicate and apply their concepts and principles.