Why Choose Dental Assisting A.A.S. Degree at CLC?
• The dental assisting program offers a solid foundation in the field of dentistry. If you are thinking about being a dental hygienist, dental lab technician, or dental sales representative, dental assisting is a great beginning point in a career in dentistry.
• The curriculum prepares you for the national certification exam, and the state licensure exam.
• A solid internship program that offers the experience necessary for a dental assisting career. Internship sites are existing throughout the state of Minnesota.
• Job opportunities throughout the state of Minnesota and nationally. We have graduates working in Montana, Florida, Colorado, California, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi and Missouri and throughout the entire state of Minnesota.
• Our instructors have a wealth of industry and teaching experience to help aid students in their educational goals.
DENTAL ASSISTING A.A.S. DEGREE
Program Course Requirements
First Year – Fall Semester
DENT 1106 Dental Orientation & Anatomy (2 cr)
DENT 1108 General Anatomy (3 cr)
DENT 1116* Dental Clinic I (8 cr)
DENT 1118* Dental Radiology I (2 cr)
DENT 1120* Preventive Dentistry (2 cr)
DENT 1124 Biomaterials (2 cr)
Total – 19 Credits
DENT 1114 Pathology, Pharm., Law and Emergencies (3 cr)
DENT 1123* Dental Clinic II (9 cr)
DENT 1129* Dental Radiology II (2 cr)
DENT 1132* Dental Specialties (2 cr)
DENT 1133* Principles of Practice Management and Communcation (2 cr)
Total – 18 Credits
DENT 1150* Dental Internship (336 hours) (7 cr)
Total – 7 Credits
Second Year – Fall Semester
ENGL 1410 Composition I (4 cr)
Students must complete 12 additional credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). General Education courses must be chosen from at least 2 goal areas other than Goal 1- Communications. For students who plan to pursue Dental Hygiene in the future, we suggest choosing your General Education courses in conjunction with prerequisite requirements. See a counselor for assistance choosing courses for your targeted program/college. Typical Dental Hygiene course prerequisites may include:
BIOL 2457* Microbiology (4 cr)
BIOL 2467* Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr)
BIOL 2468* Anatomy and Physiology II (4 cr
COMM 1422 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)
PSYC 2421* General Psychology I (4 cr)
SOCL 1401 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
Total – 16 Credits
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 60 CREDITS
Career Description: Given the increasing demands for dental care, dental practices are designed for a dental team approved for the delivery of dental care. An exciting and challenging career awaits you as a professional dental assistant. A career in dental assisting offers variety, job satisfaction, opportunity for service, and financial reward.
Program Information: The Dental Assisting Program is designed to educate students on ways to control and prevent dental disease as well as teach patients preventive dental care. Training is provided in chairside skills and MN State expanded functions. There are three semesters. Fall and Spring are on-campus and the nine-week Summer session provides internships off-campus in dental facilities and private dental practices. This education prepares the student to take national and state written examinations required for certification and registration as a dental assistant. A certified registered dental assistant becomes a member of the dental team.
Graduates will be able to:
- Perform chair side procedures in a clinical setting;
- Apply infection control, biohazards and treatment area practices;
- Perform dental office procedures;
- Perform radiographic and radiation safety procedures;
- Communicate professionally with patients, peers, and members of the dental health team; and
- Model professionalism through continuing education and membership in the American Dental Assistants Association.
Special Program Requirements:
The curriculum in the dental assisting program may expose students to hazardous materials, radiation and/or infectious diseases. Students will be provided with information through education and program policies to protect themselves and their patients from harm. Students will be expected to utilize appropriate safety precautions in the classroom, laboratory and clinic. Program policies are available upon request.
Minnesota Board of Dentistry will only accept American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR or American Red Cross Professionals Rescuer CPR. CPR must remain current while enrolled through August of the graduating year. 8 hours of dental clinical observation must be completed by October 1st.
Accuplacer Reading score of 56 or equivalent prerequisites are required for admission into the program.
All applications for initial license to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry that are received on or after May 1, 2015 will require a criminal background check.
- In addition, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:
- College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
- College Technical Core GPA Requirement: The cumulative GPA of credits in the technical core or degree must be at least 2.0; and
- Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.
Accreditation: Accredited by the American Dental Association since May 1967.
Admissions: Accuplacer Reading score of 56 or equivalent prerequisites are required for admission into the program. Progression through the program is sequential. Admission date is Fall semester. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
Transfer Opportunities: Some courses within the program may be used as elective credits toward an A.A. degree.
Career Opportunities: The career outlook for certified and registered dental assistants in Minnesota continues to grow due to the increased demand for dental care. The majority of graduates are employed as clinical assistants, and Minnesota requires specialized credentials as an employment criteria. There is a great deal of stability and employment security for the individual who becomes a dental assistant.
Career Titles: This program will help students prepare for a wide range of dental assisting careers, including chairside dental assistant in general/specialty practices, expanded-functions dental assistant, administrative business assistant, dental sales personnel, sterilization assistant, and dental insurance personnel.
Julie attained her dental assistant credentials from Minnesota State Community and Technical College and her BS degree in Career and Technical Education from Bemidji State University. In 2004, Julie achieved credentials as a Restorative Functions Dental Assistant in the state of Minnesota. Julie worked in the specialty areas of dentistry; periodontics, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery and endodontics. Julie serves on the Minnesota Educators of Dental Assistants and several committees at Central Lakes College.
Le Ann Schoenle is a Dental Assisting Instructor at Central Lakes College and was the Program Director from Fall of 1975 through the Fall of 2012. Le Ann retired in Jan 2013 and is currently teaching as a part time instructor. Dental Assisting courses that Le Ann teaches include Dental Radiology I, General Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, Dental Orientation and Dental Clinic I, Pathology, Pharmacology, Dental Emergencies, Dental Law, Dental Clinic II and Radiology II. Le Ann attained her dental assistant credentials from Normandale Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational and Career Education from Bemidji State University. Le Ann is credentialed as a Licensed, Certified, and Restorative Functions Dental Assistant in the State of MN. Le Ann serves on the Minnesota Educators of Dental Assistants and several committees at Central Lakes College.