Prepare for an entry-level position in this fast-growing health care field with a curriculum introducing you to the profession of dentistry. Learn all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and receive training in the professional skills required to assist in a dental practice. Skills development includes oral and dental anatomy, infection control, dental radiology, instrument identification and use, and policies and guidelines.
Prepare to sit for three components of the Dental Assisting National Board Exams (DANB) as well as all three National Entry Level Dental Assisting (NELDA) Certification components: Radiation Health and Safety Examination (RHS); Infection Control (ICE); and Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP). the DANB exams are administered at PearsonVue Centers and are not included in the cost of the program.
Externship Component: Dental Assistant students who successfully complete the program are eligible to participate in an externship opportunity to gain practical skills assisting within the Dental hygiene clinic at Community College of Philadelphia or at a participating dental practice.
Program Requirements: Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED; and have a current CPR certification by a DANB accepted CPR, BLS and ACLS provider that includes a hands-on exam. (Not all CPR courses include the hands-on exam; check with the provider before taking a course to confirm it will be accepted by DANB.).
Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of class. Registered students must have all documentation completed and uploaded to Electronic Forms in the MyCCP portal prior the registration deadline. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to request more information.
Required Textbooks: Books are available for purchase at the College bookstore prior to the first day of class.
Notice: Per City guidelines, masking will be strongly recommended but not mandatory. Wearing a high-quality mask such as KN95 or N95 mask, or double masking, is strongly encouraged. It is important to wear a mask that is well-fitted. For information on proper masking, including how to double mask, please read this guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html.