Dental Assisting

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Downtown Campus

Teri Amundsen
Instructor
253.680.7309

Flossie Hollie
Instructor
253.680.7308

Patty Reno
Instructor
253.680.7307

Dan Eberle
Career Advisor
253.680.7010

Location Downtown Campus

Hours Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Dental Assisting program

Please attend the mandatory information session.

Students prepare for careers as chair-side dental assistants, dental office managers, and infection control specialists. The program is designed in accordance with American Dental Association guidelines and is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. After completing industry-specific competencies, students may take the Dental Assisting national board examination to earn nationally-recognized credentials as a certified dental assistant.

Note: General education requirements must be taken 1) prior to entering the program or, 2) before or after the regularly schedule dental assisting coursework.

Through an Opportunity Grant, special tuition and book funding is available to assist low-income adult students entering this program. Contact Ramon Burton, 253.680.7544, for more information.

Prerequisites:

1. High School diploma or GED
2. Minimum age for program entry: 18 years of age
3. Pass a clear national and Washington state background check.  The background check must be completed prior to paying the $50 college application fee.  

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4. Documentary evidence of current immunizations and medical/dental evaluation within two weeks of program start date.
5. Documentary evidence of current American Heart Association, Health Care Provider approved First Aid/CPR card within two weeks of program start date.
6. Must meet pre-determined COMPASS levels in reading and writing

Program Length: Three trimesters (approximately one year) 

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 95 Credits

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 5
100+ Level Communications 5
100+ Level Mathematics 5

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
DNTA 110 Introduction to Dental Assisting 2
DNTA 111 Infection Control 5
DNTA 112 Biomedical Sciences 5
DNTA 114 Dental Sciences I 4
DNTA 120 Introduction to Chairside Assisting 4
DNTA 121 Chairside Assisting I 4
DNTA 122 Dental Materials I 3
DNTA 124 HIV/AIDS Training 1
DNTA 127 Office Administration 3
DNTA 128 Dental Sciences II 3
DNTA 130 Dental Sciences III 3
DNTA 131 Chairside Assisting II 3
DNTA 134 Chairside Assisting III 3
DNTA 140 Restorative Services I 5
DNTA 144 Dental Radiology 5
DNTA 146 Chairside Assisting IV 5
DNTA 147 Dental Materials II 3
DNTA 150 Dental Sciences IV 3
DNTA 151 Clinical Experience I 5
DNTA 152 Dental Materials III 4
DNTA 153 Office Administration Applications 2
DNTA 162 Clinical Experience II 3
DNTA 165 Clinical Experience III 2

Certificate of Competency: 90 Credits

Dental Assistant

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS CREDITS
100+ Level Human Relations 5
90+ Level Communications 5

REQUIRED COURSEWORK CREDITS
DNTA 110 Introduction to Dental Assisting 2
DNTA 111 Infection Control 5
DNTA 112 Biomedical Sciences 5
DNTA 114 Dental Sciences I 4
DNTA 120 Introduction to Chairside Assisting 4
DNTA 121 Chairside Assisting I 4
DNTA 122 Dental Materials I 3
DNTA 124 HIV/AIDS Training 1
DNTA 127 Office Administration 3
DNTA 128 Dental Sciences II 3
DNTA 130 Dental Sciences III 3
DNTA 131 Chairside Assisting II 3
DNTA 134 Chairside Assisting III 3
DNTA 140 Restorative Services I 5
DNTA 144 Dental Radiology 5
DNTA 146 Chairside Assisting IV 5
DNTA 147 Dental Materials II 3
DNTA 150 Dental Sciences IV 3
DNTA 151 Clinical Experience I 5
DNTA 152 Dental Materials III 4
DNTA 153 Office Administration Applications 2
DNTA 162 Clinical Experience II 3
DNTA 165 Clinical Experience III 2

Program Accreditation

The Dental Assisting program at Bates Technical College is seeking continuing accreditation through the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  For the past year, the Dental Assisting program has been engaged in a thorough self-study process designed to maintain and improve the quality of the educational program.  A team of CODA site reviewers is scheduled for a visit to meet with college administration, program faculty, students, and community partners Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 , 2014.    

Faculty, students, program graduates, community partners, dental organizations, patients, and/or consumers are encouraged to submit comments about the Bates Technical College Dental Assisting program to the Commission.  All comments must be received by CODA at least sixty (60) days in advance of the site visit and all comments must be signed to be considered.  Signatures are removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the dental assisting program.

Comments must pertain only to the accreditation standards for the dental assisting program or policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process.  The Commission does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeals for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotions or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students.  Comments are screened by Commission staff for relevancy.  If comments are received that are not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. 

A copy of the current dental assisting accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy on third-party comment may be obtained by contacting:

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Or by calling 1-800-621-8099, extension 4653   

Deadline for comments: July 30, 2014