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Dental Assistant

Award: Two-Year Diploma
Total Credits for Award: 48.00

Program Requirements: Progression to the A.A.S. Requires successful completion of first semester and: •Passing of a criminal background check prior to placement in an internship assignment to be able to access programs in the community for assignments in course work as well as prior to a placement in internships. • Documentation of currently required Immunizations. •Grades of “C” (2.0) or above in all DNTA theory and combination theory/lab courses, and all program-required General Education courses.

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: 

Program First Semester (Fall) Requirements

Progression to the Dental Assistant program requires you to successfully complete the first semester course work listed below.

COURSE #

TITLE

CREDITS

GOAL AREA(S)

 HCCC 1010

 Behaviors for Success in Healthcare

0.5

 

 HCCC 1020

 Communication in Healthcare

1

 

 HCCC 1030

 Awareness and Sensitivity to Client Needs

0.5

 

 HCCC 1040

 Respecting Client and Staff Diversity

0.5

 

 HCCC 1050

 Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions

0.5

 

 HCCC 1060

 Legal Issues in Healthcare

0.5

 

 HCCC 1070

 Healthcare Ethics

0.5

 

 HCCC 1100

 Medical Terminology

1

 

 DNTA 1000

 Introduction to the Dental Field

2

 

 DNTA 1015

 Customer Service Skills for the Dental Office

3

 

 DNTA 1025

 Clinic Support for the Dental Office

2

 

 DNTA 1035

 Dental Office Support Skills Lab

1

 

 CMST 1010 Or

 CMST 1014 Or

 CMST 2012

 Interpersonal Communication

 Health Communications (Strongly Recommended)

 Intercultural Communication

3

1

1,7

1,8

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

16

 
 
 


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: SECOND SEMESTER: 

COURSE #

TITLE

CREDITS

GOAL AREA(S)

 DNTA 1110

 Dental Science

3

 

 DNTA 1130

 Chairside Dental Assisting 1

3

 

 DNTA 1150

 Radiology 1

3

 

 DNTA 1160

 Dental Materials

3

 

 DNTA 1170

 Clinical Internship 1

3

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

15

 


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: THIRD SEMESTER: 

Summer Term

COURSE #

TITLE

CREDITS

GOAL AREA(S)

 DNTA 1240

 Dental Assisting Chairside 2

2

 

 DNTA 1260

 Dental Assistant Expanded Functions 1

4

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

6

 

 These courses are taken during a summer term.



COURSE REQUIREMENTS: FOURTH SEMESTER: 

COURSE #

TITLE

CREDITS

GOAL AREA(S)

 DNTA 1350

 Radiology 2

3

 

 *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

 

 **DNTA 1375

 Clinical Internship 2

4

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 

11

 

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.

The Dental Assistant Program Also Requires:

  • Grades of “C” (2.0) or above in all DNTA courses to continue in the Dental Assistant program.
  • Passing of a criminal background check during their first semester.
    • The college cannot guarantee a placement in clinical for students who do not have a clear criminal background check.
  • For more information about the background study process and disqualifying crimes, contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services at 651-296-3802.

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.