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Dental Assistant

Give them something to smile about by becoming a Dental Assistant!

Under the direct supervision of dentists, the Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting with patient care, performing minor lab functions and providing administrative support for the office. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, dental assisting is expected to grow by more than 36% over the next few years. ACC’s Dental Assistant program is helping meet this demand by training students in the field of dental health and preparing them to work in all areas of a dental office. 

Program Description

The ACC Dental Assistant Program consists of progression courses which include classroom and lab hours. In this program, students will gain the skills needed to take the State of Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam, and enter into an entry-level position in the dental industry. The two scheduled options for the program (day or evening) are designed to help accommodate students with families or those who are currently working. Day classes begin in Spring and evening classes begin in Fall. VA funding is available for those that qualify.

Student Orientation - Coming Soon

TBA/ 6:00pm / H116

 Students can find out more information on the dental assistant program by calling 281.756.3820

Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete a health form (see application packet)
  • Be current in health care vaccinations
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to effectively communicate orally and in-writing
  • Have manual dexterity to use dental instruments effectively
  • Be physically able to stand for prolonged periods and maneuver in limited spaces
  • Submit completed Dental Application
  • Attend the mandatory orientation meeting - Students must have an application to turn in or have already turned an application into a coordinator to attend the orientation.

 Student Orientation - Coming Soon!

TBA/ 6:00pm / H116

 Students can find out more information on the dental assistant program by calling 281.756.3820

Required Courses and Course Descriptions

CEDNTA 1015 Chairside Assisting* An introduction to pre-clinical chairside assisting procedures, instrumentation, infection and hazard control protocol, equipment safety and maintenance. The Chairside Assisting course prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology and restorations, and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pain control, amalgam restorations, and cosmetic restorations. Students will develop the ability to educate patients about preventive dentistry, brushing, and flossing techniques and dental procedures using lay terminology.

CEDNTA 1011 Dental Science and General Anatomy* The Dental Science and General Anatomy course presents the study of dental terminology, morphology, histology, and oral embryology. Students learn the basic structure and function of human anatomy with special emphasis on the head and neck. The course prepares dental assistant students to apply fundamentals of general and dental anatomy to informed decision-making, and for professional communication with colleagues and patients.

CEDNTA 1013 Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management* The Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management course prepares dental assistant students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, to control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students address maintenance of emergency kits, and will learn to take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories.

*These are first level courses for the Dental Assistant Program. A completed application and mandatory orientation meeting is required for admission and registration.

CEDNTA 1005 Dental Radiology** The Dental Radiography course prepares dental assisting students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. The history of radiology theory will be presented including physics, radiation protection, and operation of radio-graphic equipment, darkroom procedures, and exposure techniques. Specific safety and universal/standard precautions for the radiology lab will be practiced.

CEDNTA 1053 Intermediate Dental Assisting Applications** The Intermediate Dental Assisting course prepares dental assistant students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. Students will develop and learn an in-depth study of assisting techniques with emphasis on four-handed dentistry, utilization of tray set-ups for specific procedures and expand the necessary skills to utilize materials. Expanded also, is to take alginate impressions and clean removable appliances.

CEDNTA 1002 Professionalism in the Dental Office** This course prepares dental assistant students for professional success in a dental practice or in another dental health care environment. It is a pre-requisite course prior to the clinical visits. Students develop professional appearance and image, while learning life skills for their personal management. The course instructs on the lessons of working within ethical guidelines and legal frameworks, in preparation for entering the dental workforce. Dental assistant students will develop and customize their resumes, learn the importance of job search and lay out an ongoing professional development plan.

**These are second level courses for the Dental Assistant Program, current enrollment of first level courses in the Dental Assistant Program is necessary for registration.


CEDNTA 1051
Dental Office Management and Procedures*** This course prepares dental assistant students to manage telephones, personal relations, appointments, recall systems, appointment scheduling and inventory. Students also develop the skills needed to process accounts receivable, accounts payable, collection, and third party reimbursements.

CEDNTA 1060 Dental Assisting: Clinical*** This course allows the student clinical experience, as outlined in the learning plan, to apply and integrate the core information and skills acquired thus far in the dental program into professional settings. During interactions at clinical sites among patients, the student will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology found in the dental field and skills outlined in the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Supervision is provided by the clinical coordinator and professional affiliates. At the limited class meetings the student will present case studies and formulate responses to presented topics.
Note: Part-time/evening students will be required to attend day-time sessions of this class.

***These are third level courses for the Dental Assistant Program, completion of first and second levels in the Dental Assistant Program is necessary for registration.

Program Investment

The approximate cost of the ACC Dental Assistant Program is $3,655. This does not include fees, books, or a CPR certification course. Approximate costs are calculated using in-district tuition rates. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more about tuition assistance call 281-756-3787. 

NOTE:  A completed application and mandatory orientation meeting
   are required before admission and registration.

Upcoming Courses

Alvin Campus

Chairside Assisting

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1015 14 09/14/16 - 11/11/16
09:00AM - 03:00PM
WF H116 M Abraham
CEDNTA 1015 15 09/07/16 - 02/08/17
06:00PM - 08:30PM
MW
H116
M Abraham
Tuition: IN $670 OD $690 Other Fees:  $162


Dental Science and General Anatomy

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1011 14 09/13/16 - 11/10/16
02:30PM - 05:30PM
TTH H116 F Elkins
CEDBTA 1011 15 09/08/16 - 02/02/17
06:00PM - 09:00PM
TH
H116
F Elkins
Tuition: IN $520 OD $540 Other Fees  $77
 


Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management

Course No. Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1013 14 09/13/16 - 11/10/16
10:30AM - 01:30PM TTH H116 L Davis
CEDNTA 1013 15 09/06/16 - 01/24/17
06:00PM - 09:00PM
T
H116
L Davis
Tuition: IN $520 OD $540 Other Fees $144
 


Dental Radiology

Course No
Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1005 14
11/29/16 - 02/14/17
09:30AM - 12:30PM
TTH
H116 M Abraham
Tuition
IN $520
OD $540
Other Fees
$139
 


Professionalism In The Dental Office

Course No
Date(s) Time Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1002 14
11/29/16 - 02/14/17
01:30PM - 04:30PM
TTH
H116 L Davis
Tuition:
IN $480
OD $500
Other Fees
$77


Dental Assisting II Intermediate Applications
Course No
Date(s) Time
Day Room Instructor
CEDNTA 1042 14
11/30/16 - 02/10/17
09:00AM - 03:00PM
WF H116 M Abraham
Tuition:
IN $555
OD $575
Other Fees
$145

Applications received year round. 

Print and complete the Dental Application Packet
To register and turn in application packet visit: Building H, Room 103

Student Orientation - Coming Soon!

 TBA / 6:00pm / H116

 

Contact Program Coordinator at dental@alvincollege.edu or 281-756-3820

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Address: 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Telephone: (281) 756-3500
Email: info@alvincollege.edu

Continuing Education Workforce Development (CEWD)

Telephone: (281) 756-3787
Email: cewd@alvincollege.edu

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