Associate of Applied Science Degree - Dental Assisting

Location: Dandini Campus, RDMT 417
Phone: 775-673-7125
Fax: 775-673-7034
Website: http://www.tmcc.edu/dental-assisting

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Perform basic side chair functions to facilitate completion of restorative and advanced operative procedures as allowed by the state dental act.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiation safety and proficiency in exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection and hazard control in the lab/workplace.
  • Perform basic office procedures necessary to assist in managing the dental practice.

Accreditation

The TMCC program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval without reporting requirements. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at

211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Complaints:

The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality of continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.

Special Admission Requirements and Procedures

Program completion time varies and depends on number of units taken per semester. Please contact the program coordinator at 775-673-7125 for more information.

The Dental Assisting Program offers a:

  • Certificate of Achievement – Can be completed in 10-12 months, see certificate worksheet.
  • Associate of Applied Science – Can be completed in 2 years, see degree worksheet.

Admission to the dental assisting AAS degree program and the certificate program is limited with special requirements and procedures.

Students start the program at the beginning of the fall semester.

The program has a chronological applicant list and is based on a “first-come, first-served” policy. Applicants must be at least 17 years old and have a TMCC ID number to apply.

For additional program information please contact the program coordinator at 775-673-7125.

Application Process

You are not required to complete all application requirements prior to submitting the application. You can submit the program application first, and have until June 1, at 5 pm of the current year to fulfill all remaining program application requirements.

1. Submit a completed application to the Dental Assisting Program, available online.

2. Provide proof of high school completion/equivalency.

3. Provide proof of attendance of a Dental Assisting Program advisement/information session.

Students accepted into the DA program are required to attend a mandatory program orientation class prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be notified by email of the date of the orientation and directions for submission of the following required documentation. Information must be received by August 7th of the admission year for student to remain in the program. Contained in the email are directions for submitting the required documentation.

  • Current healthcare provider CPR card.
  • Results of a negative (current) two-stage TB test/chest X-ray.
  • DT immunization (within the last 10 years).
  • MMR immunization (students born after 1956 must have received a booster).
  • Varicella immunization or physician’s proof of student immunity.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series. Provide documentation of initial immunization and each subsequent required immunization of the series or a letter of refusal from student’s physician or a declination form signed by the student.
  • Current proof of health insurance.
  • Results of a physical examination.

Dental assisting students must meet certain technical standards.

  • Be free from conditions that put other humans at risk.
  • Be able to concentrate and attend.
  • Be able to sit, bend, lift and reach.
  • Be able to visualize the immediate environment.
  • Be able to hear environmental sounds and instructions.
  • Possess the ability to read, write, record and report.
  • Be able to understand and react to verbal instructions.
  • Be able to effectively communicate with instructors and patients to provide and gather information.
  • Be able to remember.

Applications for specific years will not be accepted.

Applicant List

The program has a chronological applicant list and is based on a “first-come, first-served” policy. The student’s name will be placed on the applicant list when the following criteria have been satisfied. Students who do not accept the program in the year offered will have their name deleted from the list and must reapply for the following year. Points toward admission can move a student from a lower to a higher position on the list. You can apply and be accepted into the program before completing these courses; however, it is suggested that they be completed prior to the application deadline to be included in the admissions selection process.

Points toward admission:

Students will be notified of program acceptance by mid-June.

An appeals process is available for those applicants who are unable to meet the admissions criteria for the program due to extenuating circumstances. Please refer to this college catalog for current information.

Applicants for specific years will not be accepted.

The student’s name will be deleted from the applicant list if the student’s numerical position on the list is equal to or less than the number of openings available for the program in a given year, or the student does not accept the program when selected. Students who have been deleted from the list may reapply to the program by completing and submitting a new application.

Each spring individuals on the applicant list who were not selected into the program will be notified. They will be required to respond positively for their names to remain on the applicant list for the next year. All individuals who do not respond by the indicated deadline will have their names deleted from the list.

Dental Assisting Program

Special Admission Requirements and Procedures

Student progression in the program is contingent upon attaining a grade of “C” or better in all dental assisting curriculum. Courses are to be taken in the sequence outlined on the worksheet.

Interested individuals must contact the Dental Assisting Program, 775-673-7125, or email. NOTE: All dental assisting courses are taught during the day via the Internet and in classrooms on the Dandini Campus by full- and part-time instructors with an average class size of 20-25.

 

AAS degrees are non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
It is recommended that the following courses be taken prior to entering the Dental Assisting Program.
Diversity 1[3]
Communications/English6
Required:
Fundamentals of Speech Communications
Composition I
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science
Required:
PSY 101General Psychology3
SOC 101Principles of Sociology3
Human Relations[3]
Embedded in core requirements
Mathematics3
Required:
Math for Allied Health Programs
Science
Required:
BIOL 223Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 224Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
NUTR 223Principles of Nutrition3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Required:
Introduction to American Politics
Level I (Fall) 2
DA 110Orientation to Dental Assisting1
DA 111Dental Radiography I 33
DA 112Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy3
DA 115Dental Health Education1
DA 116Preclinical Dental Science1.5
DA 117Dental Materials and Techniques I2
DA 119Dental Chairside Procedures 34
Level II 2
DA 121Dental Radiography II 32
DA 122Clinical Dental Science2
DA 123Practice Management and Procedures2
DA 125Supervised Clinical I 34
DA 127Dental Materials and Lab Techniques II2
Summer Session
DA 135Supervised Clinical II 35
DA 137Specialized Dental Assisting 31
Total Units62.5
1

See the diversity section of the general education descriptions for a complete list of courses. Can also be used to satisfy another General Education, Degree/Emphasis, or Elective requirement.

2

All DA courses are to be taken in the time sequence indicated. A grade of “C” or better required.

3

Starting Fall 2017 these courses may be subject to a unit increase. Please contact the program coordinator for updated information.

All emphasis courses are to be taken in the sequence indicated. A grade of 75% or better is required in all emphasis courses. Units may increase fall 2017. Contact program coordinator for details.

General Education Requirements are subject to change fall 2017. Contact program coordinator for updated information.

Full-time

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
DA 110 Orientation to Dental Assisting (Level I - Fall) 1
DA 111 Dental Radiography I (Level I - Fall) 3
DA 112 Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy (Level I - Fall) 3
DA 115 Dental Health Education (Level I - Fall) 1
DA 116 Preclinical Dental Science (Level I - Fall) 1.5
DA 117 Dental Materials and Techniques I (Level I - Fall) 2
DA 119 Dental Chairside Procedures (Level I - Fall) 4
 Semester Total15.5
2nd semester
DA 121 Dental Radiography II (Level II - Spring) 2
DA 122 Clinical Dental Science (Level II - Spring) 2
DA 123 Practice Management and Procedures (Level II - Spring) 2
DA 125 Supervised Clinical I (Level II - Spring) 4
DA 127 Dental Materials and Lab Techniques II (Level II - Spring) 2
 Semester Total12
3rd semester
DA 135 Supervised Clinical II (Level III - Summer) 5
DA 137 Specialized Dental Assisting (Level III - Summer) 1
 Semester Total6
 Total Units33.5

Part-time

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications (Level I - Fall) 3
DA 110 Orientation to Dental Assisting (Level I - Fall) 1
DA 112 Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy (Level I - Fall) 3
DA 116 Preclinical Dental Science (Level I - Fall) 1.5
ENG 101 Composition I (Level I - Fall) 3
PSY 101 General Psychology (Level I - Fall) 3
 Semester Total14.5
2nd semester
BIOL 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Level II - Spring) 4
DA 122 Clinical Dental Science (Level II - Spring) 2
DA 123 Practice Management and Procedures (Level II - Spring) 2
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics (Level II - Spring) 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (Level II - Spring) 3
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
BIOL 224 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Level III - Fall) 4
DA 111 Dental Radiography I (Level III - Fall) 3
DA 115 Dental Health Education (Level III - Fall) 1
DA 117 Dental Materials and Techniques I (Level III - Fall) 2
DA 119 Dental Chairside Procedures (Level III - Fall) 4
 Semester Total14
4th semester
DA 121 Dental Radiography II (Level IV - Spring) 2
DA 125 Supervised Clinical I (Level IV - Spring) 4
DA 127 Dental Materials and Lab Techniques II (Level IV - Spring) 2
NUTR 223 Principles of Nutrition (Level IV - Spring) 3
MATH 100 Math for Allied Health Programs (Level IV - Spring) 3
 Semester Total14
5th semester
DA 135 Supervised Clinical II (Level V - Summer) 5
DA 137 Specialized Dental Assisting (Level V - Summer) 1
 Semester Total6
 Total Units62.5