Dental Assisting

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 63 credits

About this program
The Dental Assisting program provides the knowledge necessary for the dental assistant to assist in performing general clinical assisting and support functions, intraoral clinical procedures, business office procedures and laboratory tasks. The curriculum includes content in general studies; biomedical, dental and clinical sciences; clinical practice; and additional intraoral clinical functions. Certain biomedical and dental science courses offered in the curriculum are common to both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene majors. Graduates are eligible to write the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Registration Exam.
Program outcomes
  1. Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
  2. Perform entry-level dental assisting skills.
  3. Interact effectively with patients, peers and dental health teams.
  4. Utilize current technology relevant to the dental profession.
  5. Apply knowledge of basic sciences.
  6. Apply principles of clinical assisting for expanded function procedures in dentistry.

Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

On April 27th and 28th, 2023 the M State Dental Assisting Program will be hosting representatives from the Commission on Dental Accreditation for an on campus site visit as part of the seven year cycle of accreditation. If you are interested in forwarding comments to the Commission regarding the M State Dental Assisting Program, please click on the link below to be directed to the appropriate form. Third party comments are due in the Commission’s office no later than 60 days prior to the site visit, which would be February 26, 2023. Third Party Comments for CODA

The mailing address and other contact information:

American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Allied Dental Education Manager: Jamie Asher Hernandez
Telephone: U.S. 1 -800-232-6108 x 4660

Last site visit: April, 2015. Our current accreditation status is: Approval (without reporting requirements): An accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation. This is considered the highest designation of accreditation.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Registration Exam.