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Contact: (336) 334-4822, ext. 50256
Limited Enrollment Program:
Contact the Enrollment Services Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.
The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.
Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.
Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student should be able to:
- Provide basic and expanded chairside functions to facilitate completion of restorative and advanced operative procedures
- Record medical and dental clinical documentation that adheres to legal standards
- Complete radiographic/digital images for diagnostic and technique quality
- Manipulate dental materials to support chair side and laboratory procedures
- Apply legal and regulatory concepts to the provision of oral care
- Provide assistance in the management of emergency situations
- Perform basic office procedures necessary to assist in managing dental practice
- Design and implement individualized patient education strategies
- Apply self-assessment skills to prepare for lifelong learning