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.
Upon completion of this concentration, graduates will be able to: Demonstrate appropriate dental assisting techniques and skills for assisting in a dental office; perform with accuracy clinical examinations and radiographic and laboratory procedures using appropriate chair side procedures and infection control; describe chair side procedures, infection control protocol and radiographic procedures.
Partnership: Instructional Service Agreement between Martin Community College and COA. Through this ISA agreement, students may earn General Education courses at COA for transfer to Martin Community College’s Dental Assisting program. The following General Education Courses are approved for transfer. Please see Martin Community College for other program courses and admission requirements.
For more information about the careers within this program of study, please click on the links below:Occupational Outlook Handbook - Dental Assisting
If you are undecided about your program of study or need further assistance visit Career Services.
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