• Dental Assistant

    The Dental Assistant Program Application is no longer accepting applications for the 2015-16 program year. 

    2015-16 Dental Assistant Application

     Application process

    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 (January 5 – April 13, 2015)

    Completed application packets will be accepted until 5:00pm April 6, 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 2015 – 2016 Dental Assistant Program application.
    • 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 done through the Harmony Campus Testing Center, 503.594.0636; or on the main campus Testing Center, 503.594.3283. Please call to find out when testing centers are open.
    • 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.
      • April 21, 2015: 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
      • Please visit our scholarship department if you are interested in finding out more about scholarships. http://www.clackamas.edu/Scholarships/
    • Job shadowing requirements: 6 hours of documented job shadowing in a general dental office. Specifically, the candidate must observe (you are not to work) the activities of the dental assistant. Documentation must be on office letterhead, indicate the date and time, and signed by the dentist or office manager.
    • Reflective paper about your job shadowing experience. The content of the paper will address aspects of your job shadow experience and current work or training experience. The paper must address each of the following topics:
      • Assistants are part of the dental team and collaborate strategically with others in the office. Describe how your personality and strengths will contribute to the success of the dental team?
      • Problem solving is a critical thinking skill required of a dental assistant. Using your job shadow experience, identify a situation where problem solving skills were used by the assistant you observed. What was the outcome?
      • Describe in detail a work or training experience in which you used your problem solving skills to make a positive difference.
      • Career choice- Based on what you know or have seen in your job shadow experience; explain why you have selected dental assisting as your career choice?
    • Requirements for paper: 2 pages, typed, double spaced, 12 font, one inch margin. All topics listed above (bullet points) must be covered for your application to be considered complete.
    • Upon receipt of a completed application your reflective paper will be screened by a selection committee and scored. Scoring is based on having exceeded, met, or failure to meet based on your ability to express yourself while addressing these topics (bulleted points) listed above.

    Phase 2: Completing Your Profile on Certified Background (April 21- May 4 2015)

    • On May 6, 2015 successful candidates will receive an email notification to 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
    • DA students will be required to repeat the 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 continuing with the application/admission process.
      All expenses incurred during this process are at the DA program candidates’ expense. Candidates will not receive refunds from Clackamas Community College or Certified Background for failure to pass the criminal history background check and urine drug/alcohol screen successfully.

    Phase 3: Conditional Admittance

    Candidates that have successfully passed their UDS and criminal background check requirements will be sent an email of conditional admittance on or before May 6, 2015.

    • Candidates sent notice of conditional admission on May 6, 2015.
    • Mandatory orientation meeting May 13, 2015, 1:00- 4:00 pm
    • Instructions for final 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: Meeting all Phase 4 Requirements (May 14 – July 14, 2015)

    Candidates who successfully pass this requirement are expected to attend an orientation meeting. A mandatory orientation meeting will be held on May 13, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Harmony Campus. At this time all final requirements will be discussed. Topics include but not limited to:

    • American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider CPR certification
    • 1st aid certification
    • 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
    • Schedule time to meet with Maria on Sept. 21, 2015, 8:00am – 4:00pm (15 min. meeting).

    Upon Acceptance

    • An official email letter of acceptance will be sent to you by the Allied Health Admissions office on July 16, 2015.
    • Letters of intent must be submitted prior to the first day of class.
    • Individual Mandatory meeting with Maria Corona, Program Director to sign registration form and review all documents.
      Date: September 21, 2015
      Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm (15 minute meeting). Scheduled appointment times will be done during orientation. Location: Harmony Campus, H379.

     Learn more about our Dental Assistant certificate


  • Dental Assistant (DA)

    DA-101: Dental Radiology I

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction to history and principles of dental radiology, terminology, and basic physics associated with x-rays, biological effects of x-rays, anatomical landmarks and infection control. Corequisite: DA-101L. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-101L: Dental Radiology I Lab

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Practical instruction in radiation health and safety, types of film, film holders, processing and mounting of dental films, use of x-ray equipment, infection control techniques, disposal of hazardous waste, and exposure techniques on x-ray manikins. Corequisite: DA-101. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-102: Dental Radiology II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Alternative radiographic techniques are discussed as students develop their knowledge in the following areas: bisecting, extra-oral radiography, techniques for children, and patients with special needs. This course provides an in-depth study of the purpose and uses of panoramic imaging, digital imaging, three-dimensional digital imaging, and occlusal examinations. Identification of radiographic interpretation and infection control procedures will also be covered. Prerequisite: Pass DA-101 with a C or better. Corequisite: DA-102L. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-102L: Dental Radiology II Lab

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Knowledge and skills in alternative radiographic techniques are taught as students demonstrate exposure techniques and corrective measures of various alternative radiographic techniques. Students meeting radiographic proficiency on the x-ray mannequin prepare for the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) proficiency exam. Candidates for the RHS proficiency exam will follow all RHS, Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and Oregon examination requirements in preparation of patient radiographs. Prerequisite: Pass DA-101 with C or better. Corequisite: DA-102. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-104: Clinical Procedures I

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Discussion in the practice of patient care including the collection of patient medical and dental histories and maintenance of accurate treatment records. Explores the history of dentistry, dental ethics and law. The dental healthcare team, dental office design and the dental profession will also be discussed. Corequisite: DA-104L. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-104L: Clinical Procedures I Lab

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Prepares the student for basic chairside assisting and general procedures. Application of essential skills in seating and dismissing patients, ergonomics, instrument transfers, oral evacuation, taking and recording vital signs, and infection control are taught and practiced in a dental laboratory setting. Corequisite: DA-104. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-105: Clinical Procedures II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    A foundational course in preventive dentistry. Examines the study of preventive education, oral hygiene instruction, nutrition, fluoride agents, coronal polishing and sealants. The continuation of oral evacuation and isolation techniques will also be covered. Prerequisite: Pass DA-104 with a C or better. Corequisite: DA-105L. Required: Acceptance into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-105L: Clinical Procedures II Lab

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Furthers the development of chairside skills and introduces the application of preventive procedures such as coronal polishing, fluoride treatment and oral hygiene instruction. Basic knowledge in the application of dental sealants is also taught. Lab skills such as the placement and removal of matrix retainers and rubber dams are taught to provide preparation for chairside dental assisting functions. Aseptic procedures are practiced during all lab skills. Prerequisite: Pass DA-104L with a C or better. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-106: Clinical Procedures III

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    This course provides an in-depth knowledge of dental specialties. Advanced and expanded dental assisting functions, tray set-ups and procedures in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and pedodontics are covered. Principles and procedures for amalgam and composite polishing will also be covered. Prerequisite: Pass DA-105 with a C or better. Corequisite: DA-106L. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-106L: Clinical Procedures III Lab

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    Advanced and Expanded dental assisting procedures in dental specialties are taught. Tray set-up, dental materials and specific specialty procedures will be covered in the following dental specialties: orthodontic, periodontics, oral surgery and endodontics. Laboratory instruction in amalgam and composite polishing will be taught on dental mannequins. Prerequisite: Pass DA-105 with a C or better. Corequisite: DA-106. Required: Admissions into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-107: Dental Materials I

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    In-depth level of instruction in the composition and manipulation of dental restorative materials, and dental cements. Examination of general dentistry and chairside assisting with direct permanent restorations such as amalgam and composite will also be covered. Corequisite: DA-107L. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-107L: Dental Materials I Lab

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Application of the essential skills necessary in assisting with amalgam and composite restorations. Covers tray-set-ups, pre and post-operative instructions, instrument transfer,and oral evacuation with amalgam and composite procedures. The identification and application of dental cements used in general dentistry will also be covered. Includes manipulation, storage and disposal of hazardous dental materials and cements. Corequisite: DA-107. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-108: Dental Materials II

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    An in-depth knowledge of the properties, uses and manipulation of impression materials, gypsum products and waxes will be covered. Foundational knowledge will prepare students for the fabrication of custom trays, bleaching trays, study casts and provisional restorations. Includes knowledge of fixed and removable prosthodontic procedures and rational for polishing removable appliances. An overview of dental implants will also be covered. Prerequisite: Pass DA-107 with a C or better. Corequisite: DA-108L. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-108L: Dental Materials II Lab

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Essential skills in the manipulation and application of dental impression materials, gypsum products and waxes will be covered. Through knowledge of laboratory skills in the fabrication of custom trays, bleaching trays, study casts and provisional restorations will be taught. The instrumentation and procedures for fixed and removable prosthodontics will also be covered. Prerequisite: Pass DA-107L with C or better. Corequisite: DA-108. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-110: Clinical Practicum I

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    Clinical practicum begins in the seventh week of class. Students begin to apply basic dental assisting procedures taught in weeks one through six. All OSHA and HAZ-COM 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. Students will participate in two seminars held during the term. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-115: Dental Science

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction and general study of anatomy, physiology, and oral pathology. An in-depth level course of study in oral anatomy, histology and embryology will also be covered. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant Program. 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 Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (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. Prerequisite: Pass DA 110 with a C or better. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-125: Dental Infection Control

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction and general study of microbiology, major groups of microorganisms, viral and bacterial diseases. Disease transmission, infection prevention, disinfection and instrument processing techniques will also be covered. An in-depth level of the Bloodborne pathogens standards and Hazard Communication will be taught and integrated throughout the didactic, preclinical, laboratory and clinical course of study. Required: Admission into the Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-130: Clinical Practicum III

    [ Spring Term | 8 - credits ]

    Clinical practicum hours are increased to allow for advancement and completion of clinical competencies. Supervised unpaid practice and improvement of advanced clinical skills in all areas of chairside dental assisting, laboratory procedures, specialties, radiology and Expanded Functions Dental Assisting (EFDA) procedures. Students report to their assigned site three days a week, at a minimum of twenty-four hours per week, for eleven weeks. Clinical competency skills in business office procedures will also be completed in this term (minimum of forty-four hours). Students will be responsible to meet ten hours of community service. Students will also participate in three seminars during the term. Radiological proficiency examination will be administered in the first two weeks of this course. Prerequisite: Pass DA-120 with a C or better. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent. Students are to make arrangements with instructor to take their exam at CCC's dental lab.

    DA-135: Pharmacology/Medical Emergencies

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Introduction to pharmacology, common drugs used in dentistry, drug agencies, regulations, and drug actions. The properties of anesthetic, topical anesthetics, and desensitizing agents will also be covered. An in-depth level knowledge of the identification, response and management of medical and dental emergencies in the dental office will be taught utilizing educational manikin simulators. Required: Admission into Dental Assistant program. Instructor consent.

    DA-145: Dental Office Procedures

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Prepares the student for basic knowledge of dental office procedures. Introduction of dental software, management of patient information, maintenance and retention of business records, inventory and recall systems. Examines business ethics and jurisprudence. Written and oral communication are taught to prepare students for employment opportunities. Required: Admission into Dental Assisting program. Instructor consent.


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