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Dental Assistant

Award: Three-Semester Diploma
Total Credits for Award: 35.00

Admission Requirements:

Students are required to complete the Dental Office Support Personnel Certificate before they can enroll in the Dental Assistant Diploma program. Students are accepted into the Dental Assistant diploma program spring semester only. Please note: not all courses are offered each semester.

Dental Assistant courses in these programs require achievement of the following minimum placements:

MnTC Goal Area courses in this program may have different required placements and prerequisites, please see individual course requirements.


Description:

The Dental Assistant program will provide the foundation and skills to work with the dentist, dental team and patients, providing a variety of patient cares, assist within the business office and/or complete laboratory duties. 

Coursework includes an introduction to the dental field, basic and dental sciences, dental materials, chair side assisting, radiology, Minnesota expanded functions and clinical experience. The goal is to ensure you will be an indispensable member of a dental health team.

Classroom, preclinical and clinical experiences will prepare you to take the Certification Examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the Licensure and Jurisprudence Examinations offered by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.




COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FIRST SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 CMST 1014 Or

 CMST 1010 Or

 CMST 2012

 Health Communication (strongly recommended)

 Interpersonal Communication

 Intercultural Communication

 3.00

 DNTA 1110

 Dental Science

 3.00

 DNTA 1130

 Chairside Dental Assisting 1

 3.00

 DNTA 1150

 Radiology 1

 3.00

 DNTA 1160

 Dental Materials

 3.00

 DNTA 1170

 Clinical Internship 1

 3.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 18.00

*The Communication Studies may be taken while completing the Dental Office Support Personnel Certificate.





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: SECOND SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 DNTA 1240

 Dental Assisting Chairside 2

 2.00

 DNTA 1260

 Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 1

 4.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 6.00

 These courses are taken during a summer term.





COURSE REQUIREMENTS: THIRD SEMESTER: 

 COURSE #

 TITLE

 CREDITS

 DNTA 1350

 Radiology 2

 3.00

 *DNTA 1360

 Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 2

 *Students in their first or second trimester of pregnancy should contact the program director prior to registering for this course.

 4.00

 **DNTA 1375

 Clinical Internship 2

 4.00

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

 11.00

General Education Courses (3 Credits): To complete the Dental Assistant Diploma, students are required to successfully complete three credits of General Education coursework from MnTC Goal Area 1. CMST 1014 is strongly recommended or CMST 1010 or CMST 2012 will also satisfy this requirement. 

**Students must successfully complete DNTA 1350 Radiology 2 and DNTA 1360 Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 2 in the first half of the third semester to be eligible to participate in the community based learning of DNTA 1375 Clinical Internship 2.

All students pursuing this award should work closely with their advisor to ensure proper selection of required program courses, if applicable program electives, required Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, and MnTC electives. You are expected to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure courses are taken in an order that will lead to efficient and successful completion of the required coursework.