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.
Accreditation
Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association

On April 30th and May 1st, 2015 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 March 1, 2015. http://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Education%20and%20Careers/Files/coda_complaint_guidelines.ashx

The mailing address and other contact information:

American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Email: accreditation@ada.org
Telephone: U.S. Ms. Patrice Renfrow 1 -800-621-8099 x 2695

Last site visit: 2009. 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.

Tracks

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
63 Required courses
63 Total

Dental Assisting - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2202 Principles of Nutrition 3
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2267 Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry 3
DENT1100 Biomaterials 3
DENT1102 Dental Anatomy 2
DENT1103 Introduction for Dental Health Care Providers 2
DENT1104 Dental Health Care Providers II 1
DENT1106 Dental Radiology Lecture 3
DENT1122 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DNAS1103 Clinical Assisting I 6
DNAS1105 Clinical Assisting II 5
DNAS1106 Biodental Science 3
DNAS1114 Dental Practice Management 2
DNAS1119 Advanced Functions 5
DNAS1144 Dental Assisting Clinical Affiliations 6
DNAS1210 Radiology Lab 1
DNAS1212 Radiology Lab II 1
DNAS1215 Dental Specialties 1
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3
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1st Summer Term - 25 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL2202 Principles of Nutrition 3
BIOL2260 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL2262 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL2267 Medical Microbiology 3
CHEM1100 Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry 3
DENT1102 Dental Anatomy 2
DENT1103 Introduction for Dental Health Care Providers 2
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
PSYC1200 General Psychology 3

1st Fall Term - 17 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DENT1100 Biomaterials 3
DENT1104 Dental Health Care Providers II 1
DENT1106 Dental Radiology Lecture 3
DNAS1103 Clinical Assisting I 6
DNAS1106 Biodental Science 3
DNAS1210 Radiology Lab 1

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DENT1122 Dental Ethics and Jurisprudence 1
DNAS1105 Clinical Assisting II 5
DNAS1114 Dental Practice Management 2
DNAS1119 Advanced Functions 5
DNAS1212 Radiology Lab II 1
DNAS1215 Dental Specialties 1

2nd Summer Term - 6 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
DNAS1144 Dental Assisting Clinical Affiliations 6