Dental Assisting - Registered, Certificate of Achievement
Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_DENA
Control Number: 22420
Dental assisting is a challenging field requiring skills in chairside assisting, which includes manual dexterity, dental radiology, preventive therapy, patient management, receptionist duties, expanded functions and office management.
Qualified dental assistants find employment opportunities in a variety of settings such as private dental offices, specialty practices, federal or state dental programs and dental schools.
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval. The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The program is also approved by:
The State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
RDA functions are taught to laboratory competency and clinical competency where applicable. A list of laboratory and clinical competencies are available upon request.
Program application process is accomplished by taking program prerequisite, Allied Health A010. This short-term course is mandatory for all prospective program applicants. See current class schedule for specific course meeting times. The Dental Assisting Registered program starts only in the fall semester of every school year.
This program is a sequential program. All fall semester courses must be taken concurrently in the fall semester. All spring semester courses must be taken concurrently in the spring semester.
- The outcome of the program is to meet the needs of the local health care community by preparing students for employment as a professional and competent registered dental assistant.
Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.
- Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program. Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements. The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.
- Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program. Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation. Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary. Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.
Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.
|ALH A010||Health Occupations||0.5|
|ALH A111||Medical Terminology||3|
|ALH A115||Patient Care||2.5|
|DA A100||Dental Anatomy||2|
|DA A110||Chairside Techniques 1||3|
|DA A120||Dental Materials||3|
|DA A130||Preventive and Community Dentistry||1|
|DA A140||Dental Radiography 1||3|
|DA A160||Clinical Experience 1||1|
|DA A115||Chairside Techniques 2||2|
|DA A125||Expanded Functions||2|
|DA A145||Dental Radiography 2||2|
|DA A150||Specialized Practices||2|
|DA A163||Clinical Experience 2||1|
|DA A165||Clinical Experience 3||2.5|
|DA A168||Clinial Experience 4||1|
|DA A175||Principles of Business and Practice Management||1.5|
Dental Assisting — Registered Suggested Electives
|CIS A100||Introduction to Computer Applications||3|
|CMST A100||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|CMST A110||Public Speaking||3|
|COUN A105||Strategies for College Success||3|
|ENGL A100||Freshman Composition||3|
|PSYC A100||Introduction to Psychology||3|
Program approved by the American Dental Association. Graduates are eligible to take the California Registered Dental Assistant Exam and the National Certification Exam upon program completion and qualify for their State radiation license and coronal polishing, pit and fissure sealant and ultrasonic scaling for cement removal certificates.