Dental Assisting

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Department Chair:
Janet Trujillo

Location: Medical Arts & Technology Building, Rm 122
Faculty: Violet Hernandez, Shanna Montoya
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       American Dental Assistants Association

Dental Assisting

Career Opportunities
The Dental Assisting program prepares you for a career in general chairside and specialty office dental assisting. Specialty offices include orthodontics, periodontics, oral maxillo facial surgery, pediatric dentistry, and endodontics. You can also seek a career as a dental business office administrator/manager. Other career opportunities include dental sales and insurance networking. We offer national board certification in office management, general chairside assisting, and orthodontic assisting.

Program Description
This program teaches you to function effectively as an integral member of the dental health team. We prepare you to perform chairside assisting procedures and patient care, perform tray set-ups for specific procedures, and maintain accurate patient and dental charting records. We also teach rubber dam and matrix band application, dental material manipulation and application, patient education and post operative instructions, coronal polishing and fluoride application, and infection control procedures. Our radiation health and safety curriculum meets the certification requirements of the Colorado Dental Practice Act. Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.

AAS Degree: Meet basic skill requirements of the Accuplacer Examination; submit a supplemental Dental Assisting application with the stated deadline date; complete 17 credits of general education.
Certificate: Meet basic skill requirements of the Accuplacer examination; successfully complete CIS 110 and HPR 102; submit a supplemental Dental Assisting application within the stated deadline date.
EFDA Certificate: Graduate of an ADA accredited program, certified dental assistant (CDA), or 2 years of full time documented chair side experience (3,500 hours) and current CPR card (American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR or American Heart Association Basic Life Support.)


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