This articulated classroom and clinical education program prepares individuals with the knowledge, skills and techniques to become a vital member of the dental health care team. Students accepted into the Dental Assisting Program attend specialized classes in dental assisting, as well as classes in biological sciences, communication, dental management and dental sciences. Clinical applications are gained within the educational facility and through community experience under the supervision of the faculty or dentist.
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Upon completion of the requirements for graduation, the graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become a Certified Dental Assistant, or take the Radiation Examination to be certified to take radiographs in the state of Texas.
Students may enter the program with articulated credit from high school. Articulated Tech-Prep Enhanced Skills Certificates are available for students who have met the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program competencies.
Students must complete special admissions requirements prior to enrollment in specialized courses. Deadlines for application are January 1 for programs starting in Summer or Fall Semesters; September 1 for programs started in Spring Semesters.
Before enrolling in the first clinical course, students must provide proof of CPR certification at the professional level (American Heart Association Professional Level or American Red Cross Basic Life Support Level.) Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout enrollment in clinical courses within the program. Students enrolled in clinical education courses must provide evidence of a current physical examination, tuberculin test, and specified immunizations. Additional information on this requirement is provided at the program orientation. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus clinical learning sites. Special uniforms are required for clinical courses. Uniforms must be in accordance with provided guidelines for the program. Students must purchase them at their own expense. In order to complete the requirements for progression and graduation, students enrolled in this program must have a grade of “C” or better in all specialized courses. The term “specialized courses” refers to all courses carrying the prefix of the program in which the student is majoring or the prefix of another health-related discipline. Following completion of the Tech Prep Associate of Applied Science degree, a multi-disciplinary enhanced skills certificate in Border Health issues is available. This program prepares graduates to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to meet the unique health care needs of the U.S./Mexico border community.
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