Dental Assistant Certificate Program at our Texas Campuses

Dental Assistant Certificate Program

As a Dental Assistant, you will have the satisfaction of helping numerous patients improve their smile and their dental health.

Dental Assistants play a key role in the smooth functioning of a dental office by performing many tasks to support Dentists and Hygienists. You may prepare patients for cleanings or procedures; provide suction or other assistance for procedures; sterilize equipment; and maintain patient records. 

At The College of Health Care Professions, you will receive high-quality dental assistant training from experienced faculty. A combination of lectures, labs, and hands-on experience will prepare you to move confidently from the classroom to your first day on the job.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that Dental Assisting will be one of the fastest-growing occupations over the next 10 years, forecasting 25% growth by 2022.* If you enjoy interacting with people, are detail-oriented, caring, and want to help others, dental assisting may be the career for you!

With a combination of lectures, labs, and hands-on experience, your training will be detailed and thorough. After graduation, with all of your experience and qualifications, you will be able to jump right into your new exciting career as a dental assistant with opportunities for advancement!

What Jobs can I get with a Dental Assistant certificate?

  • Dental Administrative Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Billing Clerk
  • Chair-side Assistant
  • Dental Collection Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist

How will I afford my Dental Assistant certificate?

  • CHCP’s financial services department is here to help students save money while working towards the healthcare career of their dreams. Click here to learn more!

Professional Skills you'll learn in CHCP's Dental Assistant certificate program

  • Assist Dentists chairside with patients
  • Dental radiographs
  • Dental instrument sterilization
  • Dental tray set-ups
  • Four-handed dentistry
  • Dental equipment maintenance
  • Dental impressions
  • Dental model trimming
  • Patient charting
  • Life skills

What is the Job Outlook for Dental Assistants in the Near Future? 

  • 12% growth anticipated in next 10 years

How will I find a job after I graduate?

  • CHCP career services offers job placement assistance as well as interview and resume writing tips and more. Check out our career services page!

 

 

*May not reflect local or regional job market

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DENTAL ASSISTANT TRAINING CLASSES IN TEXAS

MODULE I   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
MSS 100 Master Student / Study  30 0 0 30 2.0
PRO 100 Professionalism 15 0 0 15 1.0
HIP 100 HIPAA / OSHA / Infection Control 15 0 0 15 1.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology 30 0 0 30 2.0
APM 100 Overview of Anatomy & Physiology 30 0 0 30 2.0
MODULE II   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
DA 310 Introduction to Dental Assisting 15 0 0 15 1.0
DA 311 Ethics/Law and Texas Jurisprudence 30 0 0 30 2.0
DA 312 Tooth Morphology and Dental Charting 15 25 0 40 1.5
DA 313 Preventative Dentistry/Nutrition 15 20 0 35 1.5
MODULE III   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
DA 314 Anatomy and Physiology (Head and Neck) 20 0 0 20 1.0
DA 315 Overview of Radiology 20 80 0 100 4.0
MODULE IV   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
DA 316 Office Procedures and Resumes 20 25 0 45 2.0
DA 317 Medical Emergencies and CPR 15 15 0 30 1.5
DA 318 Disease Transmission/Infectious Diseases and Prevention 20 25 0 45 2.0
MODULE V   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
DA 319 Dental Materials 20 20 0 40 2.0
DA 320 Dental Skills and Procedures 20 20 0 40 2.0
DA 321 Treatment Areas and Instruments/Accessories 20 20 0 40 2.0
MODULE VI   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
DA 322 Special Populations / Pedodontics / Orthodontics / Restorative / Periodontics/Endodontics/ Prosthodontics and Oral Surgery 60 60 0 120 6.0
MODULE VII   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
DAX  323 Dental Externship 0 0 180 180 4.0
  Total Hours/Credits 410 310 180 900 40.5
CHCP’s Dental Assistant training is available in the following locations:

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