Dental Assisting, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park

The Dental Assisting program prepares students to work as members of the dental health care team. Students receive a broad background in all aspects of dentistry through extensive classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction. Major emphasis is placed on gaining proficiency in chairside assisting procedures and expanded functions. Students learn to prepare patients and records for treatment; sterilize and prepare instrument trays; take x-rays and impressions and prepare restorative materials for dental procedures.

The Missouri Dental Board has approved 19 expanded functions for dental assistants who meet specific certification and training criteria. Competency in one or more expanded functions enlarges the skill mix of the assistant, increases the responsibilities of the assistant and enhances the value of the assistant to the dental health care team. Expanded Functions Dental Assisting curriculum is offered to students. Graduates are certified to perform these functions and can assume expanded roles on the dental health care team as delegated by their employer (dentist). These highly skilled dental assistant professionals are in great demand.

Persons interested in this program should be comfortable working with people of all ages in close one-to-one relationships. They should have manual dexterity and be attentive to detail. This program has many prerequisites based on professional standards. See an advisor for further information.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate patient education and management skills.
  2. perform general chair-side skills.
  3. manage infection and hazard control protocol consistent with professional guidelines.
  4. perform laboratory procedures.
  5. perform radiographic procedures.
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I4
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
DA 143Chairside Assisting: Operative Dentistry2
DA 144Preclinical Practice1
DA 149Dental Terminology1
DA 150Infection Control in Dentistry1
DA 151Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting2
DA 157Dental Radiology2
DA 159Dental Office Procedures1
DA 161Dental Assisting Practicum2
DA 162Dental Systems Management1
DA 164Clinical Applications I2
DA 165Dental Materials1
DA 166Dental Lab Procedures1
DA 167Dental Radiology II1
DA 168Integrated Dental Sciences2
DA 169Preventive Dental Health2
DA 172Dental Practice Management1
DA 173Chairside Assisting: Dental Specialties2
DA 174Clinical Applications II2
DA 175Dental Assisting Practicum II2
DA 176Dental Assisting Practicum III2
DA 201Expanded Functions I1
DA 202Expanded Functions II1
DA 203Expanded Functions III1
DA 204Expanded Functions IV1
Total Credit Hours45
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150L)4BIO 111 with grade of "C" or better; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency.
Level 1 Level 1 is first six weeks of the semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.
DA 144 Preclinical Practice1Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 149 Dental Terminology1Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 150 Infection Control in Dentistry1Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 151 Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting2Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 159 Dental Office Procedures1Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
Level 2 Level 2 is 7th-15th weeks of the semester
DA 143 Chairside Assisting: Operative Dentistry2DA 144 and DA 151, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 157 Dental Radiology2Current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 161 Dental Assisting Practicum2DA 144, DA 164, and current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 162 Dental Systems Management1DA 159 and current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 164 Clinical Applications I2DA 144, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
DA 165 Dental Materials1Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours23
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
Level 3  
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
DA 168 Integrated Dental Sciences2DA 149, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.15 week cours
DA 169 Preventive Dental Health2Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.8 week course
DA 173 Chairside Assisting: Dental Specialties2DA 151, DA 161, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.8 week course
DA 174 Clinical Applications II2DA 161, DA 164, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.15 week course
DA 175 Dental Assisting Practicum II2DA 161, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.15 week course
DA 201 Expanded Functions I1Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program or department approval and Reading Proficiency.8 week course
Level 4  
DA 166 Dental Lab Procedures1DA 164, DA 165, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.9th-15th weeks of semester
DA 167 Dental Radiology II1DA 157, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.9th-15th weeks of semester
DA 172 Dental Practice Management1DA 159, DA 162, current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.9th-15th weeks of semester
DA 202 Expanded Functions II1Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program or department approval and Reading Proficiency.9th-15th weeks of semester
DA 203 Expanded Functions III1Current enrollment in the Dental Assisting program or department approval and Reading Proficiency.16th week of semester
DA 204 Expanded Functions IV1Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours20
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
DA 176 Dental Assisting Practicum III2DA 161, DA 175, current enrollment in Dental Assisting program and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
Credit Hours2
Total Credit Hours45

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.