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Dental Assistant

2017-18 Graduation Guide [PDF]

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 510601
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

This four-term certificate program prepares students to meet the requirements to become dental
assistants with expanded functions (EFDA). Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility
to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) certified dental assisting (CDA) exam.
The curriculum is based in general dentistry; students are trained in four-handed chair-side assisting
techniques to work with general dentists during all phases of patient examination and treatment.

Program students attend classes as part of a structured cohort that begins each year in summer term.
Students should apply early as the required mandatory orientation is scheduled several months prior
to the summer start. Note: Students may still be working on prerequisites to cohort acceptance classes
when applying.

Working dental assistants with six months of current, continuous, chair-side employment may
also enroll in classes without formal admittance into the program, and without joining a cohort.
Working dental assistants may attend most classes, but preference will be given to cohort students.
Working dental assistants can enhance their education and eligibility to sit for the Dental Assisting
National Board’s (DANB) certified dental assisting (CDA) exam by taking RCC dental classes.

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant
to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see

If students intend to transfer to Oregon Tech’s bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Management
after successfully passing the registry or licensure exam, transfer courses should be chosen from the
list of electives where possible. See an advisor for more information or visit

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technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan debt incurred by students
completing the programs. For more information visit

Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading
and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within
their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required
to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

This is a limited-entry program. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements
(MTH20, RD90, WR90) before the program application due date. All listed program prerequisites
must be satisfactorily completed before beginning the cohort.

Selection Process

All applications will be date stamped and reviewed in the order received. Applicants will be selected
by committee. The screening process includes a mandatory orientation and an interview. A criminal
background check and drug screening will be required for students once they are accepted into the
program. This is a competitive program and not all qualified applicants may be accepted.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current,
program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department
coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit will be accepted in
accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Credits earned in this program can be applied to the Associate of General Studies degree.

Prerequisites to Application
Course No.
Course Title
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR90 Fundamentals of Composition or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-12
Prerequisites to Cohort Acceptance
Course No.
Course Title
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
Note: Required for graduation.
BT113 Business English I or WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or higher level composition class
Note: Required for graduation. Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit version of BT113 will have met the composition requirement.
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency
Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement.
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or BT160 Business Math or higher level math
Note: Required for graduation.
SP100 Basic Communication or SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Note: Required for graduation.
  Total Prerequisite to Cohort Credits 13-19
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term (Summer)
AH100 Medical Terminology 3
AH105 Communication and Professional Behavior 2
DA101 Dental Assisting I 4
DA101A/DA101B Dental Assisting I Lab 1
DA202 Infection Control 2
HE252 First Aid/CPR or HE112 Emergency First Aid and HE261 CPR/Basic Life Support Provider 2-3
Second Term (Fall)
DA102 Dental Assisting II 4
DA102A/DA102B Dental Assisting II Lab 1
DA103 Dental Materials 2
DA104 Dental Administration 2
DA150 Introduction to Practicum and Seminar 1
DA201 Dental Radiology 4
Third Term (Winter)
DA105 Legal and Ethical Issues in Dentistry 2
DA106 Dental and Medical Emergency Management 2
DA152 Practicum and Seminar in Dental Assisting I 4
DA201A/DA201B Radiology Lab 2
DA203 Chair-side Assisting 2
Fourth Term (Spring)
DA153 Practicum and Seminar in Dental Assisting II 4
DA204 Expanded Functions Dental Assistant 2
DA204A/DA204B Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Lab 1
  Approved program elective 0-5
  Total Program Credits 47-53
Approved Program Electives (0-5 credits allowed)
Course No.
Course Title
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
CG100 College Success and Survival 2
CG105 Finding the Money: Scholarship Essay Writing 1
HCI120 Introduction to Health Care Industry 3
         Any health or physical education course variable
HS152 Stress Management 1
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH__ Any math course numbered MTH60 or above (if not taken to fulfill math requirement) 4-5
RD115 Speedreading for College 3
SP100 Basic Communication (if not taken as prerequisite) 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (if not taken as prerequisite) 4
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 4
SPAN101, SPAN102, SPAN103 First Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
SPAN201, SPAN202, SPAN203 Second Year Spanish I, II, III 4-4-4
SRV101 Service Learning 1-3
WR121 English Composition I (if not taken to fulfill writing requirement) 4
WR122 English Composition II 4
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2
WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Any college-level science course numbered 100 and above 3-5

For more information contact the Dental Assistant program coordinator:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7750
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7750
email: [email protected]
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527