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Registered Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting is a challenging field requiring skills in chair side assisting, dental radiology, preventive therapy, patient management, receptionist duties, expanded functions and office management.  Qualified dental assistants find employment opportunities in a variety of settings such as private dental offices, specialty practices, federal or state dental programs and dental schools.  The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of approval.  The commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted as 312-440-4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611.  The program is also accredited by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Dental Examiners, Committee on Dental Auxiliaries, 1426 Howe Ave, Ste 50, Sacramento, CA 95825-3222. 

 Registered Dental Assistant functions are taught to laboratory competency,preclinical and clinical competency where applicable.  A list of laboratory and clinical competencies is available on request.  High School diploma or equivalency is required for program entry as mandated by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association.  Students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.  This program is a sequential program.  All fall semester courses must be taken concurrently in the fall semester.  All spring semester courses must be taken concurrently in the spring semester.

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