Dental Assisting, Certificate of Proficiency
This 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. The program will incorporate expanded functions training into the curriculum. Graduates will be certified to perform these functions and can assume expanded roles on the dental health care team as delegated by their employer. These highly skilled professionals will be 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 stlcc.edu/enroll.
|COM 101||Oral Communication I||3|
|DA 143||Chairside Assisting: Operative Dentistry||2|
|DA 144||Preclinical Practice||1|
|DA 149||Dental Terminology||1|
|DA 150||Infection Control in Dentistry||1|
|DA 151||Fundamentals of Chairside Assisting||2|
|DA 157||Dental Radiology||2|
|DA 159||Dental Office Procedures||1|
|DA 161||Dental Assisting Practicum||2|
|DA 162||Dental Systems Management||1|
|DA 164||Clinical Applications I||2|
|DA 165||Dental Materials||1|
|DA 166||Dental Lab Procedures||1|
|DA 167||Dental Radiology II||1|
|DA 168||Integrated Dental Sciences||2|
|DA 169||Preventive Dental Health||2|
|DA 172||Dental Practice Management||1|
|DA 173||Chairside Assisting: Dental Specialties||2|
|DA 174||Clinical Applications II||2|
|DA 175||Dental Assisting Practicum II||2|
|DA 176||Dental Assisting Practicum III||2|
|DA 201||Expanded Functions I||1|
|DA 202||Expanded Functions II||1|
|DA 203||Expanded Functions III||1|
|ENG 101||College Composition I||3|
|Total Credit Hours||40|