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The Dental Assisting Program is an 11-month course of study leading to a diploma in dental assisting. Students have the option of completing an A.A.S. degree. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to aid the dentist at the chair side during examination and treatment of patients. Dental assistants may perform supportive laboratory and business office procedures.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates meet all requirements for the practice of dental assisting, are x-ray certified and coronal polish certified, in the state of Nebraska and will be prepared to sit for the national certification examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board.
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. Telephone: (312) 440-2500. Website: www.ada.org
Additional program costs incurred by the students include uniforms, lab fees, name tag, radiation badge fee, CPR/BLS class, and hepatitis immunizations. Students are strongly encouraged to have health insurance, but it is not required.
- Perform tasks related to entry level dental assisting employment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of personal and work characteristics that contribute to effective dental assisting performance.
- Use effective communication skills appropriate to dental assisting.
- Apply the theory of dental assisting to specific jobs using critical thinking/reasoning skills while working independently.
- Use mathematical data and reasoning skills in relation to dental assisting.
- Be prepared to take external certification examination.
Employment opportunities include private dental offices, hospital dental departments, public nursing homes, health agencies, private clinics, dental schools, the federal government and the Armed Forces.
Students may consider classes in accounting, biology, computers, speech, health, algebra and psychology to help prepare them for employment as a dental assistant.
The Dental Assisting Program is a selective admission program. Approval for admission will be granted by the Dental Assisting Educators. Admission requirements must be met before acceptance into the program. The applicant will need to have a completed file to be accepted into the Dental Assisting Program. Please read and comply with the following admission requirements:
- Must job shadow in at least two dental offices for a minimum of 20 hours combined, prior to enrollment.
- Fulfill Mid-Plains Community College’s General Admission Requirements.
- Complete application to Mid-Plains Community College specifying interest in Dental Assisting.
- Submit official high school transcript or GED.
- Submit official college transcripts if other than Mid-Plains Community College.
- Complete COMPASS/ESL® testing. Scores will be used to determine admission into the Dental Assisting Program. COMPASS/ESL® test scores must meet the criteria of: Pre-algebra 36, Reading 80 and Writing 74.
- An applicant must arrange for a personal advising session with the Dental Assisting Program Director.
- An applicant must meet essential functions and sign form.