A career in dental assisting offers variety, flexibility, a great working environment and the satisfaction of knowing you are contributing to the well being of others. Dental assistants increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care. If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, dental assisting is for you. Here at Sinclair Community College we offer you the most comprehensive and varied interpersonal and technical skills available. The dental assistant is a valuable member of the dental care team.
The student will be introduced to the fundamentals of working in a dental office as a chair-side dental assistant. Concepts and techniques of basic equipment, four-handed dentistry, oral evacuation, instrument identification, and proper use are discussed. Introduction to dental specialties are discussed. Oral examination, charting, medical and dental histories, sterilization, lab, and infection control procedures are emphasized. You are encouraged to complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Health Care Provider (or ALH 1130 Basic Life Support Training) prior to entry to the Dental Assisting program. However, you can take it the first semester. Note: ALH 1130 will be waived for anyone with proof of American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support, see Academic Advising. Upon completion of this short-term certificate the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Ohio CDA examination.
Career options may vary according to state practice act restrictions. Dental assistants have a variety of career opportunities in a wide range of employment settings, including private practice, specialty practice, hospitals, HMO’s, community health programs, school systems, dental product research, military bases, and secondary education settings.
The Introduction to Dental Assisting will prepare the learner for the Ohio State Certified Dental Assisting examination.
Hybrid Course: Online classes and one or two days per week of on campus Lab depending on the semester
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program: View the Gainful Employment Information
|ALH 1130||Basic Life Support Training||1|
|COM 2206||Interpersonal Communication||3|
|DAS 1102||Introduction to Dental Assisting Terminology||1|
|DAS 1104||Dental Assisting Techniques & Materials I||4|
|DAS 1105||Lab Dental Assisting Techniques & Materials I||0|
|DAS 1204||Dental Assisting Techniques & Materials II||4|
|DAS 1205||Lab Dental Assisting Techniques & Materials II||0|
|DAS 1108||Dental Assisting Office Management||2|
|DAS 1206||Dental Assisting Radiography||2|
|DAS 1207||Lab Dental Assisting Radiography||0|