Certificate of Achievement - Dental Assisting, Full-time/Part-time

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

Certificate Outcomes

  • 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 Admission 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.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses within an AAS degree that can serve as a stepping stone to an AAS degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours 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. "C" or better required.
Communications
Required:
ENG 101Composition I3
COM 113Fundamentals of Speech Communications3
Human Relations[3]
Human Relations requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following: DA 110, DA 115, DA 119, DA 121, DA 123, DA 125, DA 135
Mathematics[3]
Mathematics requirement is satisfied through embedded curriculum in the following: DA 111, DA 117, DA 119 DA 121, DA 123, DA 127.
Social Science3
Required:
General Psychology
Certificate Requirements
Level I
DA 110Orientation to Dental Assisting1
DA 111Dental Radiography I3
DA 112Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy3
DA 115Dental Health Education1
DA 116Preclinical Dental Science1.5
DA 117Dental Materials and Techniques I2
DA 119Dental Chairside Procedures4
Level II
DA 121Dental Radiography II2
DA 122Clinical Dental Science2
DA 123Practice Management and Procedures2
DA 125Supervised Clinical I4
DA 127Dental Materials and Lab Techniques II2
Summer Session
DA 135Supervised Clinical II5
DA 137Specialized Dental Assisting1
Total Units42.5

All certificate courses are to be taken in the sequence indicated. A grade of 75% or better is required in all certificate courses. Contact program coordinator for details.

Full-time

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
These General Education courses, ENG 101, COMM 113, and PYS 101 are required to be completed and can be taken before, during or after the dental core courses. 9
DA 110 Orientation to Dental Assisting (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 1
DA 111 Dental Radiography I (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 3
DA 112 Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 3
DA 115 Dental Health Education (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 1
DA 116 Preclinical Dental Science (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 1.5
DA 117 Dental Materials and Techniques I (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 2
DA 119 Dental Chairside Procedures (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 4
 Semester Total24.5
2nd semester
DA 121 Dental Radiography II (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 2
DA 122 Clinical Dental Science (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 2
DA 123 Practice Management and Procedures (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 2
DA 125 Supervised Clinical I (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 4
DA 127 Dental Materials and Lab Techniques II (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 2
 Semester Total12
3rd semester
DA 135 Supervised Clinical II (Certificate - Level III - Summer) 5
DA 137 Specialized Dental Assisting (Certificate - Level III - Summer) 1
 Semester Total6
 Total Units42.5

Part-time

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
These General Education courses, ENG 101, COMM 113, and PYS 101, are required to be completed and can be taken before, during or after the dental core courses. 9
DA 110 Orientation to Dental Assisting (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 1
DA 112 Dental/Head and Neck Anatomy (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 3
DA 116 Preclinical Dental Science (Certificate - Level I - Fall) 1.5
 Semester Total14.5
2nd semester
DA 122 Clinical Dental Science (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 2
DA 123 Practice Management and Procedures (Certificate - Level II - Spring) 2
 Semester Total4
3rd semester
DA 111 Dental Radiography I (Certificate - Level III - Fall) 3
DA 115 Dental Health Education (Certificate - Level III - Fall) 1
DA 117 Dental Materials and Techniques I (Certificate - Level III - Fall) 2
DA 119 Dental Chairside Procedures (Certificate - Level III - Fall) 4
 Semester Total10
4th semester
DA 121 Dental Radiography II (Certificate - Level IV - Spring) 2
DA 125 Supervised Clinical I (Certificate - Level IV - Spring) 4
DA 127 Dental Materials and Lab Techniques II (Certificate - Level IV - Spring) 2
 Semester Total8
5th semester
DA 135 Supervised Clinical II (Certificate - Level V - Summer) 5
DA 137 Specialized Dental Assisting (Certificate - Level V - Summer) 1
 Semester Total6
 Total Units42.5