Dental Assisting Technician Certificate

 Health Services

(Limited Entry Program)

Intended Program Outcomes:

This one-year certificate program will prepare the student to be effective in the workplace in the following areas:

  • Assist dentist with patient treatment
  • Radiographic proficiency (exposure, processing, and mount)
  • Material manipulation (selection, classification, safe handling, and disposal)
  • Infection control (instrument and room processing to prevent disease transmission, OSHA compliance)
  • Business office procedures (computer data entry, scheduling, and records management)
  • Employment readiness (professionalism, writing skills, ethics, legal and HIPAA procedures)

Students must receive a “C” grade or better in all prerequisite and dental coursework to be considered as having successfully completed the program.

Admission Requirements
To enroll, you must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Additional enrollment information is available from the Admissions Office located in Morrow Hall on the BMCC Pendleton campus or online at this link. Completed enrollment application materials will be accepted beginning January 6, 2014.  Positions are filled on a first-received first-completed basis.  All pre-admission course and other requirements must be met in order to be considered fro full admission to our program.

Dental Assisting Technician Curriculum
Pre-Admission Coursework:
The following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” grade or better:

Human Relations Elective
COM100 Human Communications (or higher) 4
MTH025 Pre-Algebra (or higher)
WR060 Elements of the Essay (or higher)

The following additional requirements must be met before being accepted to the program

  • Meet BMCC’s computer literacy requirement
  • Meet a minimum COMPASS test reading score of 88

On the first day of fall term students must present proof of two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations, a negative tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray, initiation of the Hepatitis B vaccination series and tetanus vaccination, as well as a current Health Care Provider level “C” CPR card that expires after completion of the program. Courses within the dental assisting curriculum can be used as the career and technical credits for the associate degree in general studies.

Dental Assisting Technician Pre-requisites
WR060 Elements of the Essay (or higher) 3
MTH025 Pre-Algebra (or higher) 4
COM100 Human Communications (or higher) 4
Human Relations Elective 4
  Pre-requisites Total: 15
TERM 1  
DA141 Dental Radiology 4
DA151 Chairside Procedures 4
DA170 Basic Dental Science 3
DA172 Dental Anatomy 4
DA176 Dental Pharmacology 1
DA180 Dental Materials 3

DA192 Dental Law and Ethics

DA196 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office 1
  TERM 1 Total: 21
TERM 2  
DA142 Dental Radiology II 3
DA152 Chairside Procedures II 3
DA154 Dental Specialties 2
DA162 Clinical Practice II 4
DA174 Dental Pathology 1
DA182 Dental Lab Material & Procedures 2
Da190 Dental Health Education 2
  TERM 2 Total: 17
TERM 3  
DA143 Dental Radiology III 1
DA153 Chairside Procedures III 2
DA163 Clinical Practice III 8
DA166 Clinical Practice Seminar 1
DA194 Dental Business Office Procedures 2
  TERM 3 Total: 14

(Information based on the 2013-14 BMCC Academic Catalog)

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