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.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

For program application and admission information, please visit the Dental Assisting Program Admissions Procedures page.

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.

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.

For additional program information please contact the program coordinator at 775-673-7125, or visit the Dental Assisting Program web site.

AAS degrees are generally 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