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 Anltomy, 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: You must hold a high school diploma or GED; have a general physical examination and a two-step test for tuberculosis; undergo a criminal background check; complete a child abuse history clearance; and have a current CPR certification.
The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of class. All documentation listed above must be completed and submitted to the Corporate Solutions Office (Center for Business and Industry, Room C1-09) by the registration deadline.
Required Textbooks: Books are available for purchase at the College bookstore prior to the first day of class.