Curriculum Guideline

Dental Assisting

Effective Date:
Program Code
CTCHDA
Discontinued
No
Faculty
Health Sciences
Department
Dental Assisting
Credential Type
Certificate
Transcript Title
Dental Assisting Certificate
Date of First Offering
Start Term
200210
End Term
Not Specified
Credential
Certificate in Dental Assisting
Length of Program
Three semesters
Credits
41.50
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants using EASL 0360, EASL 0375 or EASL 0376 as a substitution for English 12 with a minimum “C” grade must also successfully complete EASL 0350 or equivalent.
  • Biology 12 with a grade of "C" or better, or UT Biology course with a min. grade of "P".
  • 18 years of age or older by the end of the first semester in the program.
  • Submission of signed forms proving a minimum of two days of observation in one or more dental offices. The purpose of this observation is to provide the applicant with an opportunity to gain a realistic view of the responsibilities of a Certified Dental Assistant. An introductory letter and forms will be provided for the applicant.
  • Participation in a group Orientation Session. This session will be held by a dental assisting instructor during the Spring of the entering year. The orientation is mandatory and is designed to provide the applicant with information about the profession and the program. Applicants will be notified by mail of the Orientation date.

Other Criteria:

When offered a seat in the program, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Submission of completed Douglas College medical, immunization and dental assessment forms. Forms will be provided with the offer of admission.
  • Applicants may be required to attend a personal interview that will be used for the purposes of clarifying suitability and readiness for the program.
  • Emergency First Aid with CPR level "C".
  • Criminal Record Search (CRS) - information will be provided by the Office of the Registrar.
Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 41.50 credits
  • 25% (10.50 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.* Students usually complete all courses at Douglas College.

*Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
SEMESTER I

CHDA 1107

Dental Radiology Theory

1.50

CHDA 1108

Applied Dental Sciences

1.00

CHDA 1109

Applied Anatomy for Dental Assistants

3.00

CHDA 1118

Reception Skills for Dental Assistants

1.00

CHDA 1111

Basic Dental Assisting Skills

9.00

CMNS 1215

Interpersonal Communications for Dental Assistants

3.00
Total Credits Semester I   18.50
SEMESTER II

CHDA 1212

Dental Health Education

3.00

CHDA 1214

Plan for Direct Patient Care

3.00

CHDA 1215

Applied Nutrition/Pharmacology

1.50

CHDA 1216

Dental Assisting Theory

1.50

CHDA 1217

Advanced Dental Assisting Skills

9.00
Total Credits Semester II   18.00
Semester III (two months only)

CHDA 1360

Provide Direct Patient Care

5.00

Total Program Credits

 

41.50