Dental Assistant

MISSION OF THE DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM
The mission of the Dental Assistant Program is to graduate a productive, efficient, and skilled assistant who can meet the needs of dental practitioners in our geographic area.  The program is dedicated to the development of appropriate cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies in the students such that they may apply scientific understanding, technological skills, and human values within their profession.  Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611, telephone: 312/440-4653. Upon graduation from the program the student is eligible to take the DANB Exam for certification as a Dental Assistant. The Dental Assisting Program provides equal opportunity for qualified applicants.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Submit an application form to the Admissions Office.
  2. Submit documentation of high school graduation, GED / HiSET, or other state approved equivalency credential (transcript or diploma). All foreign high school transcripts must be evaluated.
  3. A personal reference letter is required.
  4. Applicants must attend a Dental Assistant Information Session, which includes an overview of the Program with the Department Chair and the Associate Director of Admissions. To register for a Dental Assistant Information Session, Click Here, or call 508-588-9100 x 2114
  5. Complete required college placement tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. To schedule your placement testing please Click Here and fill out the testing appointment form.

    Please note the Dental Assistant program is a Selective Admissions program.

Certificate Requirements
Semester 1
*English Composition I
Dental Office Management
Dental Materials I
Dental Science I
Dental Radiography I
Chair Side Assisting
Semester 2
General Psychology
Dental Science II
Dental Materials II
Dental Radiography II
Clinical Externship

Additional Information
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Program Advisory Committee


Gainful Employment Disclosure

PROGRAM GOALS

  1. To provide individuals with career preparation associated with CODA Dental Assisting competencies with consideration of the Laws in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  2. To provide a curriculum that leads to a Certificate in Dental Assisting and employment in the dental community.
  3. To promote the development of those intellectual skills that foster critical thinking and problem solving that are necessary for life- long learning.
  4. To provide students with the skills necessary to communicate effectively within the healthcare community.
  5. To promote the development of life-long professional attitudes and values.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Students will apply all modalities of dental assisting proficiently.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate OSHA standards.
  • Students will effectively communicate with dental team.
  • Students will demonstrate adaptability and flexibility when met with a new circumstance related to dental care, difficult cases or variations from the routine.
  • Students will use effective oral communication skills in the clinical and academic settings.
  • Students will practice written communication skills.
  • Graduate students will demonstrate involvement in state and national professional organizations.
  • Students will discuss the importance of keeping current in the profession.