• Dental Assistant

    The deadline for submission of the Dental Assistant Program Application is 5pm on April 13, 2015. 

    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 | 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 | 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 | 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 ]

    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 | 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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