Dental Assisting Diploma Program

DA12

Program Description

The Dental Assisting accredited diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s dental offices. The Dental Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of dental assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Dental Assisting diploma and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Program Specific Information

A competitive admission process is used to select students for the program. Students must complete all core classes prior to beginning occupational courses. Students are accepted every semester for core courses based on course and space availability.

Occupational course cohorts begin each Summer semester.

Students must complete ALL COURSES with a grade of C or higher in order to graduate.

Industry Certification Preparation

Dental Assisting National Board Examination Preparation

Georgia Dental Association Expanded Duties Registration

Program Length & Availability

5 Semesters

Campus Availability: Hall

Financial Aid

This program is eligible for the Pell Grant and may be eligible for Institutional and State Financial Aid.

Contact a Financial Aid Counselor for eligibility requirements and application materials.

Admissions Requirements

Must be 17 years of age.

High school diploma or GED is required prior to admission.

(Official transcripts or GED scores must be submitted from all colleges and/or high schools attended for credit.)

ACCUPLACER Testing, or submit SAT, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET test scores.

Dental Assisting Admissions Policy

  • The Dental Assisting program accepts a maximum of 21 core complete students using a competitive admissions policy. The program faculty will rank applicants according to a point system. Students should refer to the dental assisting admissions calculation sheet for additional information related to ranking. Students will be notified of their acceptance by the mid-point of spring semester. If space is available, students who have met the acceptance requirements, but have not completed one or more of the core courses, may be accepted into the program contingent on the completion of all core classes prior to summer semester. Students who do not gain acceptance spring semester will be required to repeat the process for any additional attempts to begin the program.
  • Students will request the Dental Assisting program as their program of study when submitting their application for admissions. Students will be placed into the Health Care Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) by Student Services before being accepted into the Dental Assisting program. Students are required to attend one dental assisting program information session. Students will be given a Dental Assisting application at the end of the information session that they attend. If there is a tie for the last opening in the program, the student application that was received earliest will be the student accepted.
  • Students must be certified in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals.
  • Students must complete ALHS1011, ALHS1040, ENGL1010 and COMP 1000 before the beginning of spring semester.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative Lanier Technical College GPA of 2.0 before spring semester. The student’s cumulative Lanier Technical College GPA will be used in the admissions process. The cumulative Lanier Technical College GPA is inclusive of all college grades regardless of whether or not the attempted course was related to dental assisting courses.

    *Meeting the minimum program criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Curriculum

Basic Skills – Total of 9 Hours

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

Program-Specific Core – Total of 46 Hours

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

ALHS 1040Introduction to Healthcare

3

 

DENA 1010Basic Human Biology

1

Or

ALHS 1011Structure/Function- Human Body

5

 

DENA 1030Preventive Dentistry

2

DENA 1050Microbiology Infection Control

3

DENA 1080Dental Anatomy

5

DENA 1340D A I - General Chairside

6

DENA 1070Oral Pathology/Therapeutics

2

DENA 1350D A II-Dental Spec/EFDA Skills

7

DENA 1390Dental Radiology

4

DENA 1460Dental Practicum I

1

DENA 1470Dental Practicum II

1

DENA 1090Dental Assisting NBE Prep

1

DENA 1400Dental Practice Mgmt

2

DENA 1480Dental Practicum III

5

Total Credit Hours: 55

Graduation Plan

Semester One

ALHS 1040Introduction to Healthcare

3

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

COMP 1000Intro to Computer Literacy

3

ENGL 1010:- Pre-Req: Test Scores – See Advisor

Choose one

DENA 1000

1

Or

ALHS 1011Structure/Function- Human Body

5

Total Credit Hours:10

Semester Two

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:6

MATH 1012:- Pre-Req: Test Scores – See Advisor

Semester Three

DENA 1050Microbiology Infection Control

3

DENA 1080Dental Anatomy

5

DENA 1340D A I - General Chairside

6

Total Credit Hours:14

DENA 1050 and DENA 1080:- Pre-Req: Regular Admission*

DENA 1340:- Co-Req: DENA 1050 + DENA 1080

Semester Four

DENA 1030Preventive Dentistry

2

DENA 1070Oral Pathology/Therapeutics

2

DENA 1350D A II-Dental Spec/EFDA Skills

7

DENA 1390Dental Radiology

4

DENA 1460Dental Practicum I

1

DENA 1470Dental Practicum II

1

Total Credit Hours:17

Semester Five

Apply for Graduation

DENA 1090Dental Assisting NBE Prep

1

DENA 1400Dental Practice Mgmt

2

DENA 1480Dental Practicum III

5

Total Credit Hours:8

DENA 1090:- Pre-Req: Program Advisor Approval

DENA 1400:- Pre-Req: DENA 1340 + COMP 1000

DENA 1480:- Co-Req: DENA 1460 + DENA 1470

Total Credit Hours: 55

This plan is for informational purposes ONLY. It is not a substitute for meeting with a program advisor each term.

Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION COMPLAINT PROCEDURE:

The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion, or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.

CODA Third Party Comments:

The Dental Assisting program continually strives to provide quality education through program evaluation and improvement. As part of this process, the Commission on Dental Accreditation will be visiting Lanier Technical College in October to evaluate the program. The third-party comment request allows third-parties to make comments and recommendations about the program as they relate to the Commission’s standards.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation requests that parties interested in making comments concerning the Lanier Technical College Dental Assisting program send comments no later than sixty (60) days prior to the program’s site visit. All comments must relate to accreditation standards for the discipline and required accreditation policies. Additional Information.

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