Dental Assistant

Health Sciences Department | CC - Certificate of Completion | 1 year

Earn a Dental Assistant certificate at Clackamas Community College and prepare for an exciting health care career in an in-demand role.

Dental assistants are essential team members in the dental office. Working closely with the dentist, hygienist and administrative staff, dental assistants use their skills to deliver quality oral health care to diverse patient populations and to increase the efficiency of the office. Our dental lab is fully equipped to offer a valuable hands-on experience that prepares our students for real-world dental office technology, such as digital dental radiology.

Download the 2017-18 Dental Assistant application

This is a limited entry program. Contact Health Sciences for more information.

Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistant Core Requirements

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  • DA-110
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • 1
  • DA-145
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • 2
  • DA-130
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • 8
  • DA-120
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • 5
  • CS-120
  • Survey of Computing
  • 4
  • DA-102L
  • Dental Radiology II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-102
  • Dental Radiology II
  • 2
  • DA-106
  • Clinical Procedures III
  • 2
  • DA-106L
  • Clinical Procedures III Lab
  • 1
  • DA-101
  • Dental Radiology I
  • 2
  • DA-101L
  • Dental Radiology I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-104
  • Clinical Procedures I
  • 2
  • DA-104L
  • Clinical Procedures I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-107
  • Dental Materials I
  • 2
  • DA-107L
  • Dental Materials I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-115
  • Dental Science
  • 2
  • DA-125
  • Dental Infection Control
  • 2
  • DA-105
  • Clinical Procedures II
  • 2
  • DA-105L
  • Clinical Procedures II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-108
  • Dental Materials II
  • 2
  • DA-108L
  • Dental Materials II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-135
  • Pharmacology/Med Emergencies
  • 2
 

Computation Related Instruction

Take MTH-050 or MTH-065
  • MTH-050
  • Technical Mathematics I
  • 3
  • MTH-065
  • Algebra II
  • 4
 

Communication Related Instruction

Complete WR-101 or WR-121
  • WR-121
  • English Composition
  • 4
  • WR-101
  • Commun. Skills: Occup Writing
  • 3
 

Human Relations Related Instruction

Complete PSY-101
  • PSY-101
  • Human Relations
  • 3
 

Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order. Core curriculum is intended to be completed over three consecutive terms.
 
Current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider (provider level CPR) and First Aid (AHA Heartsaver) certification are required during practicums. All DA students will be required to complete a criminal history background, provide proof of immunization, and students will be asked to take a drug test as arranged by the department.
 
Dental lab schedules (am/pm) are based on lottery. Information will be provided at orientation.
 
Note: Students must achieve a C or higher grade in all required courses prior to advancing to the next term.
 
Total Credits Required: 56-58