Diploma — Dental Assisting
This 45-credit diploma prepares graduates to become a chair-side dental clinician qualified to work in a variety of dental practices or advance to an AAS. Courses focus on dental anatomy, dental radiology, dental pharmacology, dental ethics and jurisprudence and dental practice management, as well as clinical assisting.
The demand for dental care continues to grow. Dentists will need to employ more dental hygienists and dental assistants than ever before to meet the increased demand for dental care. There are more than 200,000 active dental assistants in the United States. The majority of dental assistants are employed by general dentists, although career opportunities are also available with dental specialists, orthodontists and oral/maxillofacial surgeons.
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All credits earned towards the 45-credit Dental Assisting Diploma program may be applied to the 60-credit Dental Assisting Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. It’s easy to begin with diploma and continue on to the AAS.
A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.
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