• Dental Assistant

    Dental Assistant Program Admission Process is closed for the 2014-15 academic year. 

    Thank you for your interest in the Dental Assistant program. This is a limited entry program that requires that you meet the requirements for the program prior to being admitted. This application process outlined below should be used as a guide only. The applicant (You) must follow all steps to be invited to continue through each phase of the admission process, with the final phase resulting in the opportunity to be invited for admission.

    The following items must be supplied when requested without exception. Failure to follow the four phase process and outlined timelines will result in not being considered for admission.

    PHASE 1: The DA APPLICATION PACKET 
    Completed application packets will be accepted until 5:00pm TBA (To Be Announced), 2015 at Harmony Campus.
    Mail or drop off completed application packet (sealed envelope) to:
    Clackamas Community College, Harmony Campus
    Attention: Dental Assistant Program
    7738 SE Harmony Rd.
    Milwaukie, OR 97222

    • Completed Dental Assistant Program application.
    • Letter of recommendation addressed to Maria Corona, Program Director.

    Preferably, the letter should come from a healthcare or academic professional with whom you are well acquainted (no family members). This letter addresses the likelihood of your success within your chosen field of study. The letter should be on letterhead or include a professional business card, and be signed by the originator.

    • Placement assessments:  Competency in writing, math, and reading as measured by CCC placement assessment scores.  Students must place into at least WR-101 or WR-121, MTH-050/60 or MTH-065, and RD-115 to be eligible to apply or show previous college coursework as documented on official college transcripts. Placements dated no earlier than 2008 will be accepted.  Placement testing may be scheduled through the Harmony Campus Testing Center, 503.594.0636; or on the main campus Testing Center, 503.594.3283.
    • Non-refundable application fee:  $50
    • Only completed application packets will be processed allowing applicants to advance to Phase 2.
    • All application supporting documents are required regardless of age, educational background or experience.
    • Successful candidates will receive an email notification of progression to PHASE 2.
    • Please take the time at this point, even though you do not know if you will be admitted to fill out your FAFSA (financial aid) eligibility information. The deadlines for particular award grants are as early as February. Being proactive helps ensure you have the opportunity to be awarded money to help with program costs. Visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

    PHASE 2: Essay Composition Notifications 

    • On TBA, 2015 successful candidates will receive an email notification of progression to PHASE 2.

    Candidates invited to Phase 2 will receive Essay Composition Instructions via the email address listed on the DA application packet submitted in Phase 1.  You will receive via your email specific instructions on how to schedule and take your thirty minute short informational essay.  The essay will be handwritten and consist of 200 words; topic information will be presented at the time of your appointment.

    • The essay must be scheduled and submitted no later than TBA, 2015 at 5:00pm
    • After rubric scoring, successful candidates will move forward to Phase 3. 
    • Completing this step does not guarantee advancement to the next phase. 

    Phase 3:   Completing your profile on Certified Background 

    • On TBA, 2015 successful candidates will receive an email notification of progression to PHASE 3.

    You will be required to create an account with Certified Background and begin the process of the initial criminal history background check and urine drug/alcohol screen. You will receive via your email specific instructions on how to complete this section of the application process which includes: 

    • Criminal history background check
    • Urine drug / alcohol screen

    Phase 3 completion deadline: midnight, TBA, 2015 . Please note, it may take up to 4 days for your submissions to be reviewed and accepted by Certified Background. Plan accordingly.

    • DA students will be required to repeat the background check and UDS at their own expense within 30 days of practicum, fall 2015.
    • Reminder:  You are required to pass the criminal history background check & urine drug/alcohol screen.  Failure to do so will preclude you from moving into Phase 4 of the application / admission process.

    All expenses incurred during Phases 3 & 4 are at the DA program candidates' expense.
    Candidates will not receive refunds from Clackamas Community College or Certified Background for failure to pass either Phase 3 and/or Phase 4 successfully.

    CONDITIONAL ADMITTANCE
    Candidates that have successfully passed all of Phase 3 requirements will be sent a letter of conditional admittance on or before TBA, 2015 .

    • Candidates sent notice of conditional admission on TBA, 2015.
    • Mandatory orientation meeting TBA, 2015.
    • Instructions for phase 4 requirements will be discussed at orientation.
    • Dental lab schedules (am/pm) are based on lottery. Lottery drawing will be held at orientation  and are based on available space.

    Phase 4:  Begins with a MANDATORY orientation: TBA, 2015 , 1:00 - 4:00pm, Harmony Campus.
    Conditionally admitted candidates must plan to attend.

    Phase 4 uploading the final requirements.

    At this time we will go over the specifics of Phase 4; some of which include:

    • Certified Background
    • American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR certification
    • 1st aid certification
    • Job shadow
    • Health & Physical form
    • Required vaccinations and/or titers
    • Supply list and approximate cost of program
    • Financial aid
    • DA Handbook
    • Lottery for am or pm dental lab

    Upon Acceptance

    • An official email letter of acceptance will be sent to you by the Allied Health Admissions office on TBA, 2015 .
    • Letters of intent must be submitted prior to the first day of class.
    • Individual Mandatory meeting with Maria Corona, Program Director.
      Date: TBA, 2015
      Time: Drop-in between 8:00am - 4:00pm (15 minute meeting)
      Location: Harmony Campus, H379

    What to bring: Copies of all paper work submitted to certified background:

    • Instructor will sign fall 2015 registration form upon submission of certified background paper work.

    The Dental Assistant (DA) program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the dental care setting. The goal of the program is to graduate students that have demonstrated competencies in clinical and administrative practices as well as demonstrated work ethics and professional values consistent with that of the American Dental Association (ADA).

    Learn more about our Dental Assistant certificate


  • Dental Assistant (DA)

    DA-101: Dental Radiology I

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to history and principles of dental radiology, terminology, basic physics associated with x-rays, biological effects of x-rays, anatomical landmarks, and infection control. Includes practical instruction in radiation health and safety, types of film and holders, darkroom processing, film mounting, use of x-ray equipment, infection control techniques, disposal of hazardous waste, and exposure techniques on x-ray manikins. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-102: Dental Radiology II

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Advanced principles of radiology techniques emphasizing extra-oral radiography, techniques for children, patients with special needs, occlusal examinations, identification of basic radiographic interpretation, medical health history and infection control. DANB clinical proficiency criteria will be followed to prepare for Oregon Clinical Radiologic Proficiency Exam. Students meeting radiographic competency on x-ray manikin will begin preparation for radiologic proficiency exam. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: Pass DA-101 with a C or better.

    DA-104: Clinical Procedures I

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction and practice of basic chair-side assisting and general procedures which are taught in a dental lab setting. OSHA and Hazard Communication guidelines are practiced. Includes lectures and discussion of the dental professional, dental law, ethics, HIPAA, and patient records. Measuring and recording of vital signs are also covered. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-105: Clinical Procedures II

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Furthers knowledge of chair side skills. Covers expanded function procedures. Introduces patient health education, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride treatment and plaque-related diseases, sealants, and coronal polishing. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: Pass DA-104 with a C or better.

    DA-106: Clinical Procedures III

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction to basic procedures, tray set-up, and dental materials of dental specialties: pedodontic, orthodontic, periodontics, oral surgery, and endodontics. Continue to perfect EFDA skills. Preclinical instruction in amalgam and composite polishing will be taught. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: Pass DA-105 with a C or better.

    DA-107: Dental Materials I

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Introduction to physical and chemical properties of dental restorative materials and dental cements. Includes manipulation, storage and disposal of hazardous dental materials and dental cements. Amalgam and composite procedures are taught and practiced in a laboratory setting. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-108: Dental Materials II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction to properties, uses and manipulation of impression materials, gypsum products. Includes instrumentation and procedures for fixed and removable prosthodontics, and polishing of removable appliances. Overview of dental implants will also be covered. Fabrication of custom trays, bleaching trays and provisional restoration will also be covered. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: Pass DA-107 with a C or better.

    DA-110: Clinical Practicum I

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Clinical practicum begins in the seventh week of first term. Apply basic dental assisting procedures taught in weeks one through six. All protocols are followed to allow for student and patient safety and protection. A minimum of eight supervised unpaid hours per week is required for term one practicum. Participate in two seminars held during the term. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-115: Dental Science

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Introduction to general physiology, head and neck anatomy, oral embryology and histology. Identification of face and oral cavity landmarks will also be covered. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-120: Clinical Practicum II

    [ Winter Term | 5 - credits ]

    Supervised unpaid practice and improvement of clinical skills taught in clinical procedures, dental materials, and radiology. Covers advanced EFDA skills. Implement infection control protocols. Introduce basic business office procedures. Ten hours of community service will be required. Participate in three seminars during the term: orientation seminar, mid-term seminar, and concluding seminar. May not be challenged. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: Pass DA 110 with a C or better.

    DA-125: Dental Infection Control

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Introduction to microbiology, infection control, cross-contamination, instrument processing, methods of sterilization, and instrument storage. Covers OSHA standards of Hazard Communication and Bloodborne Pathogens. Implement management of Material Safety Data Sheets and labeling of hazardous materials. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-130: Clinical Practicum III

    [ Spring Term | 8 - credits ]

    Supervised unpaid practice and improvement of advanced clinical skills in all areas of chair side dental assisting, laboratory procedures, specialties, radiology and EFDA procedures. A minimum of forty-four hours performing business office procedures will be required. Responsible to meet ten hours of community service. Participate in three seminars during the term: orientation seminar, mid-term seminar, and concluding seminar. Prerequisite: Pass DA-120 with a C or better. Required: Instructor consent. Radiological proficiency examination will be administered in the first two weeks of this course. Students are to make prior arrangements with instructor to take their exam at CCC's dental lab.

    DA-135: Pharmacology/Medical Emergencies

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Introduction to pharmacology, uses, types, purpose, and composition of drugs used in dentistry. Medical emergency signs/symptoms, vital signs, emergency equipment, and protocol will also be covered. Required: Instructor consent.

    DA-145: Dental Office Procedures

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    A specialized study of dental business office procedures associated with desk and dental office management responsibilities. Includes employment strategies. Required: Instructor consent. Prerequisite: Pass CS-120 with a C or better.


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