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Delivery: Daytime and blended online classes
Start: Fall or Spring Semester; Full Time only

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Dental Assistant — Associate in Applied Science Degree (64 credits)
Dental Assistant — Diploma (48 credits)
Dental Practice Management — Certificate (16 credits)

About the Program


Admission into this program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards.

The demand for certified and licensed dental assistants exists with excellent placement, salary and benefits. As a dental assistant, you will participate in a variety of tasks that include chairside assisting, patient education, polishing teeth, taking radiographs, making study models, and preparing business forms. The Dental Assistant program is designed for career opportunities as a dental assistant in private dental offices, HMO clinics, public health institutions, dental supply and insurance companies, military dental services, and dental school clinics.

Accreditation


The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission of Accreditation. Graduates of the Dental Assistant Program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exam and the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry Dental Assistant State Licensure Exam. Dental Assistant graduates, upon successful completion of the exams, are Certified and Licensed dental assistants.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
www.ada.org

Application Deadline


January 15 for Fall start and July 15 for January start of each year.

Application Requirements


  1. Submit official high school transcripts or GED certificate. All applicants must provide proof of graduation.
  2. Assessment Placement in RDNG 1000, or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher, English 1021 with a grade of C or higher, and a Goal 1 Communication course (COMM 1021, 1031, 1041 or 1051) must be completed or in-progress with anticipated completion on or before the program application deadline.
  3. See special application booklet in Admissions, Counseling Center or online for more information regarding application process and selection criteria.

Potential Job Titles


Dental Assistants

Salary Data


  • Dental Assistants
    Average Wage: $21.23/hour
    Top Earners: $26.47/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Dental Assistant - AAS 64 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and clinical proficiency at an entry level in dental assisting knowledge and skills and qualify to sit for the Minnesota Dental Assistant Licensure Examination and the National Dental Assistant Certification Examination.
  • Apply ethical and legal standards as directed in the M State Dental Practice Act and qualify to sit for the Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination.
  • Perform 4-handed and chair side dental assisting duties and expanded functions as approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry in a safe and ethical manner in compliance with national and state standards.
  • Apply and perform skills that are required to maintain dental and business office records in accordance with national HIPPA regulations.

Dental Assistant - Diploma 48 Credits

  • Demonstrate academic and clinical proficiency at an entry level in dental assisting knowledge and skills and qualify to sit for the Minnesota Dental Assistant Licensure Examination and the National Dental Assistant Certification Examination.
  • Apply ethical and legal standards as directed in the M State Dental Practice Act and qualify to sit for the Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination.
  • Perform 4-handed and chair side dental assisting duties and expanded functions as approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry in a safe and ethical manner in compliance with national and state standards.
  • Apply and perform skills that are required to maintain dental and business office records in accordance with national HIPPA regulations.

Dental Practice Management - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Demonstrate competent computerized practice management skills and manual booking systems.
  • Demonstrate scheduling appointments for maximum efficiency.
  • Be proficient in management of an inventory system.
  • Be proficient in processing dental insurance.

Additional Requirements


  1. Minnesota Law requires any individual having contact with patients to complete a MN Human Services background study prior to starting the clinical experience. An individual may be disqualified from having patient contact and would not be permitted to participate in the clinical experience. Contact the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and the Minnesota Department of Human Services with any questions.
  2. Current certification in CPR is required by the end of the first semester of Dental Assistant program courses. Certification must cover adults, children and infants. The American Heart Association Health Care Provider, Level C, CPR certification meets this requirement as does EMS 1010 at Century. The Red Cross also offers an equivalent certification.

Policy information


A copy of the program’s policy on hazardous materials, bloodborne pathogens, and infectious diseases is available upon request or by visiting http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/index.html

Gainful Employment Program Information


Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Beth Rynders651.779.5778beth.rynders@century.eduRoom 3674 East