Department ChairJanet Trujillo
MT Building, Rm 122
MT Building, Rm 122
Dental Assistants complete a variety of hands-on procedures assisting chairside with the dentist in surgery, prevention and restorative dentistry, as well as in specialty practices such as, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, and oral maxilla facial surgery.
Program Start Term: Fall
Award: AAS, Certificate
Average Class Size: 18
Program Length: 2 Semesters, 1 Summer
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time Only
Course Availability: Day Classes
Program Length: Pueblo
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What Will I LearnThis program teaches you to function effectively as an integral member of the dental health team. We prepare you to perform chair side 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. As the only CODA accredited program in Pueblo, graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination for national Certification in Dental Assisting (CDA). Education and advanced training in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) and Nitrous Oxide & Oxygen Administration Certification is also offered.
Career InformationThe 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. As an accredited program through the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, we offer national board certification in office management, general chairside assisting, and orthodontic assisting.
Salary ranges from $27,411.00 to $42,658.00
Our Experienced FacultyThe PCC Dental Assisting faculty has over 57 years combined experience in Dental Assisting. Faculty members are trained Certified Dental Assistants (CDA) and have advanced training in Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) and Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation Administration. The diverse background of our faculty includes experience in front office administration, dental implants, prostheses, dental accreditation, grant writing, and community service and education.
Our Cutting Edge Facilities and Dental ClinicThe Dental Assisting Program at Pueblo Community College is the only local school that has a full service dental clinic that is open to the public. It not only helps the students get exposure and experience in a clinical setting, but it helps serve the community by providing greater access to dental care at reduced cost fees. Our students work with professional staff, including dentists, dental assistants, and front office dental assistants in a state-of-the-art facility. Student clinical learning experiences include: traditional, digital and panoramic radiography, fiber optic and intra-oral camera experience, a touch-less sterilization center and computerized office management systems for patient records. The community dental clinic offers a variety of quality dental services: Digital x-rays, fillings: amalgam/composite, extractions, root canals, crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures. The PCC Dental Clinic is fortunate to receive occasional grant funding to provide our patients with financial assistance for dental services. We can also recommend dental service agencies that provide qualifying applicants assistance with the financial burden of receiving dental care. Additionally, we offer service learning opportunities for our students allowing our patients to receive additional reduced cost dental services throughout the year. Please inquire if funding is available or how to become a patient for our Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene students.
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
PCC is the only community college in Colorado with both accredited dental assisting and dental hygiene programs. Students
who graduate with a certificate in dental assisting may complete the dental hygiene program and obtain both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene.