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2021-2022 Catalog 
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Dental Assisting Diploma - CIP Code: 51.0601

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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 chair-side 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.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, the students should be able to: 

  • Provide basic and expanded chair-side functions including the manipulation of dental materials to support chair-side and laboratory procedures.
  • Provide assistance in the management of emergency situations.
  • Complete radiographic/digital images for diagnostic and technical quality.
  • Apply ethical, legal, and regulatory concepts in the provision of oral care.
  • Perform basic office procedures necessary to assist in the management of a dental practice.
  • Design and implement individualized and community based patient education strategies.
  • Apply self-assessment skills to prepare for lifelong learning.

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 17

Summer Semester I

Total Credits: 8

Total credit hours required for diploma: 43

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