The Dental Assisting One-Year Certificate of Completion trains individuals in a broad range of clinical and administrative skills, such as preparing patients for dental treatment, assisting a dentist with patient care, performing expanded functions procedures, taking dental radiographs and dental impressions, performing disinfection and sterilization procedures, scheduling patients and appointment procedures, and creating and maintaining legal records. Graduates are prepared for the Dental Assisting National Board examinations and the Oregon Expanded Function Dental Assistant certificate.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653, at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or through the commission's website.
Primary program goals are for each student to:
- Successfully complete the program
- Obtain professional credentials
- Find satisfying employment in dentistry
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Apply the principles of dental sciences to ensure quality patient care.
- Perform a comprehensive set of dental assisting skills for optimal and safe patient care.
- Perform duties within existing ethical and legal parameters of clinical dental practice.
- Accurately document the delivery of dental treatment to facilitate continuity of care, and maintain records in compliance with state, federal, and Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) laws.
- Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
- Demonstrate professional behavior in every aspect of patient care and interpersonal relations.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|AH 105||Calculations for Allied Health (or one course from the foundational requirements math list)||3-4|
|BA 214||Business Communications||3-4|
|or WR 121|| Academic Composition|
|CIS 120||Computer Concepts (or Computer Competency Test)||0-4|
|HHP 252||First Aid & AHA Basic Life Support Provider CPR||3|
|Mind and Brain|
|Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health|
|Introduction to Intercultural Communication|
|Small Group Communication|
|DA 110||Basic Dental Assisting||4|
|DA 115||Dental Science||5|
|DA 120||Advanced Dental Assisting||4|
|DA 125||Dental Infection Control||3|
|DA 130||Dental Materials I||4|
|DA 131||Dental Materials II||4|
|DA 134||Dental Radiology I||3|
|DA 135||Dental Radiology II||4|
|DA 145||Preventive Dentistry||3|
|DA 150||Intro to Dental Office Management||3|
|DA 151||Dental Computing||2|
|DA 160||Oral Medicine||3|
|DA 181||Dental Seminar I||1|
|DA 182||Dental Seminar II||1|
|DA 190||Dental Assisting Practicum I||2|
|DA 191||Dental Assisting Practicum II||8|
Documents required for entry into the Dental Assisting (DA) program must be submitted after students register for the program. A letter of instruction is emailed to all registered and waitlisted students at the end of Spring term with an assigned documentation due date prior to Fall term. Failure to submit the required paperwork by the assigned date will result in administrative withdrawal from the program.
DA program courses begin once per year in Fall term. Students wishing to register in the Fall term cohort must meet the basic prerequisite competencies and may register according to seat availability on a first-come, first-served basis determined by the priority registration schedule. After successful registration into the program, DA courses must be taken together and sequentially. Please see the Dental Assisting page for more information, or contact the program director and/or CAP Services.
This one-year certificate of completion is designed for students planning to enter their chosen career upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Additional Requirements:
- Once a student begins the DA cohort they must enroll in all DA courses offered each term. In order to progress to the next term, the student must complete all DA courses with a “C” or better.