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Dental Assisting - Certificate

Dental Assisting - Certificate

The College of Health Care Professions Dental Assisting online program is designed with the busy student in mind. By combining our innovative online learning platform with hands-on training, our program will have you ready to become a certified dental assistant in less than a year.

With the increase in preventative dental services and oral health being linked to overall health, Dental Assistants positions are expected to increase by 11% over the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . CHCP has built our program to serve Houston area students looking to become a part of this growing field. 

 

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Begin a career bringing smiles to your patients as a Dental Assistant. Our new Dental Assisting Online program is offered in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and McAllen.

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Program Details

Program Length

Online: 48 weeks

Available Locations

Online
Online Courses
Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IVModule VModule VI

Introduction to Dental Assisting, Dental Office Procedures, Law and Ethics

DAC110

Students will be able to describe key milestones in dental history and identify the dental specialties and the members of the dental team as well as discuss the skills used by the dental assistant, including communication, office management, infection control, and basic chairside assisting. Students will be able to describe the different elements of the dental office, including the design of the dental treatment office, the clinical equipment most commonly found in the dental office, and the basic functions of the dental unit. Students will also learn the functions of the dental business office and the fundamentals of front desk operations, use of dental office management software to schedule appointments, manage dental records, communicate with patients, and handle accounts including the components of an insurance claim form. In addition, the students will be able to summarize the federal and state laws governing dental assisting as well as the ethical principles established by professional dental associations. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Anatomy, Physiology, Tooth Morphology, Dental Charting

DAC111

Students will be able to describe the functions of the body systems and identify the landmarks of the oral cavity and the anatomical features of the head and neck. Students will be able to identify the dental arches, the names of the teeth, tooth surfaces, and the structure of the gingiva. Students will identify anatomic features of the teeth, occlusion and malocclusion, and deciduous and permanent dentition. Students will be able to use tooth numbering systems and charting systems to chart existing conditions, restorative procedures, and decay as diagnosed by the dentist. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Infection Control

DAC112

Students will be able to identify the types of disease-causing organisms and routes of microbial transmission. Students will demonstrate mastery of infection control techniques and procedures, use of sterilizers, disinfectants, and sterilization monitors, and safe disposal of sharps. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Dental Materials and Skills I

DAC114

A skill related clinical lab-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, knowledge, skills, and concepts the dental assistants must have to understand the identification, properties, and proper uses of dental materials. Students will learn the dental assistant’s role in restorative procedures. Students will learn to, in a combination of simulations and residential laboratory sessions, to mix materials, take impressions, pour and trim study models, and fabricate custom trays and temporary crowns. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional and lectures will be geared toward the State Registration Examination. Prerequisite: DAC110, DAC111

Lecture36hr.
Laboratory60hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours96hr.
Credits96 

Dental Radiology

DAC113

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills dental assistants must have to properly and safely expose and process dental x-rays. Students will learn about the properties of radiation and the precautions dental assistants must take to protect patients’ health. Students will master the steps of taking a full mouth radiography survey, including exposure and processing techniques. Lecture will be geared toward the State Registration Examination. Related terminology, dental charting/documentation, vital signs, and infection control procedures will also be covered. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Dental Procedures and Skills II*

DAC115

A skill related clinical lab-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, knowledge, skills, and concepts the dental assistants must have to identify the drugs commonly used in dentistry and how to respond to dental emergencies, including administering CPR. Students will be able to, in a combination of simulations and residential laboratory sessions, demonstrate correct instrument exchange, maintenance of the oral cavity, placement and removal of the dental dam, and administration of anesthetics. Students will practice daily routines for opening and closing the dental office and seating and dismissing the patient. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Prerequisite: DAC110, DAC111, DAC114

Lecture36hr.
Laboratory60hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours96hr.
Credits96 

Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition

DAC117

Students will be able to describe how diet affects oral health. Students will learn about the dental team’s role in prevention of decay in relationship to nutrition, including dietary evaluations and oral manifestations of nutritional deficiencies. Students will learn the dental assistant’s role in preventive techniques, including tooth brushing and flossing, fluoride application, dental sealants, and coronal polish. Related terminology, dental charting/documentation, vital signs, and infection control procedures will also be covered. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Dental Specialties I (ORAL SURGERY, PROSTHODONTICS, COSMETIC DENTISTRY)

DAC118

Students will learn the dental assistant’s role in oral surgery procedures, fixed and removable prosthodontic treatment, and cosmetic procedures, including how to place and remove a gingival retraction cord. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Dental Specialties II (PEDODONTICS, ENDODONTICS, ORTHODONTICS, PERIODONTICS)

DAC119

Students will learn the materials, instruments, and special considerations of the dental specialties of pedodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, and periodontics. Students will demonstrate competency in the dental assistant’s role in common procedures in these specialties. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits48 

Treatment Areas and Instruments/Accessories and Skills III

DAC116

A skill related clinical lab-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, knowledge, skills, and concepts the dental assistants must have for basic patient care, including taking vital signs and assisting with oral evaluation. Students will learn to identify hand instruments, attachments, dental burs, abrasives, and rotary instruments, as well as instrument classification and sequencing. Students will learn to identify different types of oral lesions and oral cancer. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Prerequisite: DAC115

Lecture15hr.
Laboratory90hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours105hr.
Credits105 

Dental Assisting Cert Prep

DAC300

This course will provide a review of dental assisting courses taught throughout the program, as well as provide preparation for the Dental Assistant Registry Certification. Prerequisite: Mod I – V

Lecture30hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours30hr.
Credits30 

Dental Assisting Externship

DAC301

Students will integrate practice of all dental assistant responsibilities carried out in a dental office or group practice setting under the supervision of a dentist or supervising dental assistant. Use of related terminology, dental charting/documentation, and infection control procedures. Prerequisite: Mod I – V

Lecture0hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship160hr.
Total Hours160hr.
Credits160 

Begin a career bringing smiles to patients as a Dental Assistant!

With the increase in preventative dental services and oral health being linked to overall health, Dental Assistant positions are expected to increase by 11% over the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHCP has built our program to serve Texas students looking to become a part of this growing field. We offer the flexibility of online learning with weekend hands-on learning at our HoustonDallasMcAllen, and San Antonio campuses. 

Hands-on Learning

Our online program includes weekend clinical training and an externship. Learn with fellow students and instructors in one of our CHCP campus locations,.

How does the Online Dental Assisting program work?

CHCP incorporates online instructions with the benefit of three weekends of on-campus hands-on clinical skills training. We offer the hands on training at the local Houston, Dallas, McAllen, and San Antonio campuses.  Additionally, you will have access to our 24/7 IT support and your assigned Student Services Advisor to guide you on your path to success. At the end of the program, you will be able to exhibit your technical skills with a clinical externship.

FAQs about CHCP's Dental Assisting Program Online

What Dental Assisting Skills Will I Learn?

In our innovative online dental assisting program, you will receive training and professional skills to prepare you for success in your future career as a Dental Assistant. These skills include:

  • Personal oral hygiene
  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Taking/recording blood pressure
  • Cleaning infectious spills
  • Preparation and recalculation of instruments
  • Exposing adult radiography
  • Obtaining and recording patient histories
  • Recording dental exams
  • Medical terminology
  • Tooth morphology
  • Dental charting
  • Office administration procedures
  • Professionalism with other dental associates
  • Compassionate patient care

How will I afford my Dental Assisting Certificate?

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify! CHCP's financial aid department is here to help students save money while working towards the healthcare career of their dreams. Click here to learn more!

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!

**This program is currently only offered in specificed areas.

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