1 year (3 terms)
Dental Assistants help the dentist at chair side and also perform functions such as polishing teeth, taking X-rays, mixing materials and sterilizing instruments. Some assistants also manage the office and patient accounts, schedule appointments and purchase supplies.
This diploma is eligible for state and federal financial aid.
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of compliance without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Successful completion of the program entitles graduates to take the National Dental Assistant Certification Examination.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
- private dental office
- sales and insurance claims
- specialty practices such as orthodontics or children’s dentistry
|Term 1||Credit Hours|
|HSC-107||Professionals in Health 1||2|
|HSC-210||Health Skills I 1||1|
|DEN-110||Dental Terminology 1||2|
|DEN-120||Dental Anatomy 1||3|
|DEN-100||Fundamentals of Dentistry||3.5|
|DEA-517||Dental Assisting I||3.5|
|DEA-580||Dental Assisting Clinic I||4|
|DEA-518||Dental Assisting II||1.5|
|DEA-285||Oral Pathology for Dental Assisting 1||1|
|DEN-130||Head and Neck Anatomy 1||1.5|
|DEA-519||Dental Assisting III||1.5|
|DEA-581||Dental Assisting Clinic II||4.5|
|DEN-220||Dental Nutrition 1||1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Communication for Health Care Professionals 1|
|Fundamentals of Oral Communication 1|
|Public Speaking 1|
|DEA-701||Dental Office Procedures||1|
Courses may be taken before beginning the program.
|HSC-103||Studies in Health Sciences||1-3|
This curriculum is for fall start. Curriculum for spring start is slightly different. Contact Allied Health for information.
Note: Minimum C- required in all technical Dental Assisting courses and all DEN courses.