Dental Assistant CC

Health Sciences Department | C.C. Certificate of Completion | One 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 care to diverse patient populations and to increase efficiency in the office.

Dental assistants work chairside with the dentist, in the business office and in the dental laboratory. Duties may include:

  • Instrument and operatory infection control
  • Preparation of instrument trays
  • Instructing patients on proper oral hygiene and post-treatment care
  • Maintenance of dental practice records and supplies
  • Exposing and processing of dental radiographs if the assistant is certified to do so
  • Scheduling appointments

Students will have the opportunity to obtain the following certificates by passing the following and meeting required Radiological Proficiency (RHS) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) exams: Radiological Proficiency (RHS), Infection Control Exam (ICE) and Oregon Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA).

Clackamas Community College provides a 53-54-credit Dental Assistant Certificate Program.

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Dental Assistant Requirements

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Dental Assistant Application Process

Step 01

Review all information provided on the website before completing the application.

Step 02

Submit your unofficial transcripts or Clackamas Community College (PASS) placement test scores to: Allied_Health_Admissions@clackamas.edu

  • WR-121 English Composition or WR 101 Occupational Writing
  • MTH 50 Technical Mathematics or MTH 65 Algebra II or higher
Step 03

Complete the online application form: Dental Assistant Application. The application deadline for fall term is July 1, 2022.

You will type your responses for the two essay questions directly into the application. See the scoring rubric below for more details.

Students who successfully gain admission to the program will receive an email invitation to participate in the mandatory orientation via Zoom, scheduled to take place July 26, 1-4 p.m.

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Dental Assistant Essay Questions

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Dental Assistant Core Requirements

Complete the following Core Requirements
  • DA-101
  • Dental Radiology I
  • 2
  • DA-101L
  • Dental Radiology I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-102
  • Dental Radiology II
  • 2
  • DA-102L
  • Dental Radiology II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-104
  • Clinical Procedures I
  • 2
  • DA-104L
  • Clinical Procedures I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-105
  • Clinical Procedures II
  • 2
  • DA-105L
  • Clinical Procedures II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-106
  • Clinical Procedures III
  • 2
  • DA-106L
  • Clinical Procedures III Lab
  • 1
  • DA-107
  • Dental Materials I
  • 2
  • DA-107L
  • Dental Materials I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-108
  • Dental Materials II
  • 2
  • DA-108L
  • Dental Materials II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-110
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • 1
  • DA-115
  • Dental Science
  • 2
  • DA-120
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • 5
  • DA-125
  • Dental Infection Control
  • 2
  • DA-130
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • 8
  • DA-135
  • Pharmacology/Medical Emergencies
  • 2
  • DA-145
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • 2
 

Computation Related Instruction

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

Communication Related Instruction

Complete WR-101 or WR-121
  • WR-101
  • Communication Skills: Occupational Writing
  • 3
  • WR-121
  • English Composition
  • 4
 

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: 53-54

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Harmony Campus

7738 SE Harmony Road

Milwaukie, OR 97222

HealthSciences@clackamas.edu

503-594-0650