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Dental Assisting

Certificate

PURPOSE: (l) To prepare students to perform the following services under supervision of a dentist: chairside assistance, including preparation of impression and restorative materials; exposing and processing intraoral or extraoral dental radiographs; laboratory and office management procedures; dental health education; recognition of emergencies; and patient care as authorized by the Virginia Board of Dentistry. (2) To qualify students for the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Examination.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: This program is designed to provide essential technological and practical knowledge required for a dental assistant to perform efficiently in a dental office. Training experiences in nearby dental clinics and private dental offices are provided.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must complete placement testing and submit their official high school transcript, GED, or certificate of completion of home schooling and college (if applicable) transcripts to Central Admissions and Records. The transcript must document completion of high school biology and one unit of high school math with a grade of “C” or better or completion of Reynolds equivalent BIO 1 and MTE 2 with a grade of “S.” Students must complete all developmental coursework prescribed as a result of Reynolds placement tests.

PROGRAM NOTES: This program accepts new students in the spring and fall semesters of each year. Students admitted to Dental Assisting will be approved for entry into major/clinical courses (DNA 100 and higher) when they have satisfied the following requirements:

  1. All applicants will need to complete the general education prerequisites included in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate and any developmental courses prescribed by placement testing. (Please see reynolds.edu/curriculum/Pre-Dental_AssistingCSC.aspx for information on this career studies certificate.) All developmental courses must be completed with a grade of "S." General education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Students must maintain a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA to be considered for the Dental Assisting Certificate program.
  2. College students transferring in all general education course requirements need to contact the program head for information. Students transferring in a partial number of courses must complete relevant components of the Pre-Dental Assisting CSC to ensure all prerequisites are met.
  3. Students wishing to enter the Dental Assisting Certificate program at the beginning of a fall semester must have all developmental and Pre-Dental Assisting CSC courses completed by the end of the previous spring semester. Students wishing to enter at the beginning of a spring semester must have all requirements completed by the end of the previous summer semester or previous fall semester (if space is available).
  4. After completing all developmental and Pre-Dental Assisting CSC courses, students will need to interview with the program head to be eligible to enter the Dental Assisting Certificate. Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Certificate is limited, so contact with the program head is imperative. Students enrolling in a fall semester should have the interview completed by the end of June. Students enrolling in a spring semester should have the interview completed by the end of October.
  5. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis.  If the number of applicants exceeds the enrollment space available for the Dental Assisting Certificate program, then some applicants may not be accepted for a particular semester even if the minimum requirements for admission are met.  Those students will be placed on a space available list from which students will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis.  Selected students may  be carried over to the next enrollment semester for definite enrollment.
  6. A completed Student Health Form must be submitted during the first semester of courses. This form will be obtained during the interview with the program head and a due date will be assigned.

Any student whose final grade falls below “C” in any course must obtain permission from the program head to continue the major in Dental Assisting. Students are responsible for transportation to and from facilities used for clinical experiences. DNA courses are sequential unless otherwise determined by the program head.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: Due to the increase in enrollment in the program, the number of DNA courses a student can enroll into may not meet the full-time status for financial aid.

In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Dental Assisting program requires the following: 

Textbooks $300.00*
Uniforms, Lab Coat, Safety Glasses, Name Tag, Physical Exam, Immunizations, and Hepatitis B Vaccine Series $300.00*
Background Check $43.00*
The following expenses are optional:

Student Membership in the ADAA
$45.00* (will increase each year after expiration of student membership)
DANB Certification Exam $550.00*
*Costs listed are approximate.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the Dental Assisting program must possess the physical ability to do the following: 1) aid in lifting and moving supplies and patients; 2) hear verbal communication and equipment sounds; 3) discern shades of color; 4) interact effectively with instructors, patients, and clinical and extern personnel; and 5) demonstrate manual dexterity to manipulate materials. These essential functions are all validated on the Student Health Form and include the following:

  1. Sufficient eyesight to observe small objects inside and outside the mouth; to read procedures manuals, records, and computers; and to manipulate materials.
  2. Sufficient hearing to communicate with instructors, patients, and dental staff, and to monitor and operate equipment.
  3. Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively understand and communicate in English in a timely manner.
  4. Sufficient gross and fine motor skills and coordination to exhibit excellent eye-hand skills and dexterity to manipulate materials, equipment, and instruments, and to have coordination in lifting, stooping, walking, and bending.
  5. Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be sitting or on feet for extended periods of time; to move heavy equipment and supplies; and to walk, bend, and reach.
  6. Satisfactory intellectual, emotional, and psychological health and functioning to ensure instructor, patient, and dental staff safety, and to exercise independent judgment and discretion to perform assigned tasks.
  7. Sufficient time management skills to effectively attend to multiple priorities and operate in a fast-paced setting.
  8. Satisfactory critical thinking skills and comprehension of detailed instructions to effectively operate in a dental setting.

Clinical facilities used by the program may mandate additional requirements for students that include, but may not be limited to, dress, body jewelry, and tattoo codes, and conformance with professional standards. Students will be informed prior to clinical rotations of any additional requirements.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: Background checks are required of all students prior to entering any clinical rotations. Details concerning cost and vendor use will be provided to students during the interview appointment. Students who are aware of any potential problems in their backgrounds must discuss these with the program head. Continuation within and graduation from the program may be affected.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the health care agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in health care law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM: A student must obtain permission from the program head to continue in the Dental Assisting program if the following conditions exist: (1) a grade below “C” is earned in any course; (2) overall GPA falls below a 2.0 average in any one semester.

RE-ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM: Should a student leave the program for any reason, entry back into the program will be based on space available and on the student’s GPA. Students who have not enrolled in a dental course for more than three semesters will be required to reapply to the program. The program head will evaluate any repeat or new catalog courses. This may include course changes in the current catalog during the student’s absence.

DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS: Dual enrollment students who are finishing the program on campus at Reynolds must complete the General College Curricular Admission Requirements, Additional Admission Requirements, and the Pre-Dental Assisting CSC courses with a “C” or better. Students must complete these requirements within a year of graduating from high school to be eligible to enroll in the Dental Assisting courses. Students will be enrolled in the dental courses on a space available basis and will be required to follow the current catalog curriculum. Students not completing the requirements within one year after high school graduation will be required to repeat all DNA courses found in the program’s curriculum.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Those students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION: The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The website address is www.ada.org/coda.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_120.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

 

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 1001

College Success Skills

1

0

1

HLT 1051

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1

0

1

ENG 1111

College Composition I

3

0

3

ITE 1151,2

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

PSY 2001

Principles of Psychology

3

0

3

TOTAL

11

0

11

DNA 100

Introduction to Oral Health Professions

1

0

1

DNA 103

Introduction to Oral Health

1

0

1

DNA 108

Dental Science

2

3

3

DNA 109

Practical Infection Control

2

3

3

DNA 110

Dental Materials

2

3

3

DNA 113

Chairside Assisting I

2

3

3

DNA 190

Coordinated Internship in Dental Assisting

0

8

2

TOTAL

10

20

16

DNA 114

Chairside Assisting II

2

6

4

DNA 119

Dental Therapeutics

1

0

1

DNA 120

Community Health

1

0

1

DNA 134

Dental Radiology and Practicum

2

3

3

TOTAL

6

9

9

DNA 196

On-Site Training

0

24

5

TOTAL

0

24

5

DNA 130

Dental Office Management

2

3

3

TOTAL

2

3

3

Total Minimum Credits for Certificate  in Dental Assisting 44

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1 This course is included in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.

2 CSC 155 can be substituted for ITE 115.

DENTAL ASSISTING

DNA 100 Introduction to Oral Health Professions 1 cr.

Provides an introduction to the oral health professions and covers basic terminology, historical perspective, the credentialing process, accreditation, professional organizations, and legal and ethical considerations.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Completion of courses in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Lecture 1 hour per week.

DNA 103 Introduction to Oral Health 1 cr.

Teaches anatomy of the head and neck, the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity, tooth morphology, deciduous and permanent dentition, as well as dental pathology and terminology.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Completion of courses in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Lecture 1 hour per week.

DNA 108 Dental Science 3 cr.

Studies head and neck anatomy, tooth morphology, pathological conditions of the oral cavity, disease processes, and microbiology.Prerequisite: Completion of courses in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: DNA 100 and DNA 103.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

DNA 109 Practical Infection Control 3 cr.

Studies principles of management of disease-producing microorganisms and associated diseases. Emphasizes sterilization, asepsis, and disinfection techniques applicable in the dental office.Prerequisite: Completion of courses in Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, and DNA 108.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

DNA 110 Dental Materials 3 cr.

Studies the materials utilized in the laboratory aspect of dentistry as support in treatment. Emphasizes the characteristics, manipulation, economical control, storage, and delivery of materials.Prerequisite: Completion of courses in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, DNA 108, and DNA 109.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

DNA 113 Chairside Assisting I 3 cr.

Provides instruction on the principles of clinical chairside dental assisting, dental equipment use and maintenance, safety, instrument identification, tray set-ups by procedures, and patient data collection. Emphasizes patient management during restorative procedures.Prerequisite: Completion of courses in the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 109, and DNA 110.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

DNA 114 Chairside Assisting II 4 cr.

Introduces the student to the various dental specialties, including oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry. Emphasizes integration and application of previous course content to operative dental procedures.Prerequisite: DNA 190.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 6 hours.Total 8 hours per week.

DNA 119 Dental Therapeutics 1 cr.

Exposes students to concepts and terminology related to pharmacology, pain control, and dental medicinal agents. Emphasizes the use of materials in patient treatment.Prerequisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 109, and DNA 110.Lecture 1 hour per week.

DNA 120 Community Health 1 cr.

Studies topics related to community health issues, including identification of specific diseases, symptoms, causes, and effects. Emphasizes the promotion of oral health in the community through patient education in oral home care techniques, dietary counseling, plaque control procedures, and application of medicinal agents.Prerequisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 109, and DNA 110.Lecture 1 hour per week.

DNA 130 Dental Office Management 3 cr.

Exposes students to and provides practical experience in the legal aspects of dental office management with regard to ethics, jurisprudence, appointment control, recall systems, reception techniques, telephone techniques, accounts receivable and payable, payroll insurance claims, inventory control, and professional conduct in a dental office.Prerequisites: DNA 100 and DNA 103.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

DNA 134 Dental Radiology and Practicum 3 cr.

Teaches the physics of dental radiation and safety, equipment operation, cone placement for the parallel and bisection techniques, panoramic exposures, mounting, and film processing.Prerequisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 109, and DNA 110. Students must be at least 18 years old to enroll in course.Lecture 2 hours.Laboratory 3 hours.Total 5 hours per week.

DNA 190 Coordinated Internship in Dental Assisting 2 cr.

Provides students clinical experience to supplement DNA 113 through hands-on experience in the dental clinic at Reynolds. Students will be assisting staff.Prerequisite: Completion of the Pre-Dental Assisting Career Studies Certificate.Prerequisites or Co-requisites: DNA 100, DNA 103, DNA 108, DNA 109, DNA 110, and DNA 113.Laboratory 8 hours per week

DNA 196 On-Site Training in Dental Assisting 5 cr.

Provides clinical experience within the private practice community by exposing students to the fast-paced dental office environment in which the student performs chairside and support services with an established team. Focuses on chairside assisting in general dentistry at two different clinical sites. Students will complete the required number of clinical hours at the two assigned facilities.Prerequisites: DNA 100 through DNA 190.Laboratory 24 hours per week

Name Program Email Phone
Nancy Daniel Dental Assisting C ndaniel@reynolds.edu 523-5380

Common Job Titles1: Certified Dental Assistant (CDA); Certified Registered Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant (DA); Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA); Expanded Function Dental Assistant; Oral Surgery Assistant; Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant); Orthodontic Technician; Registered Dental Assistant (RDA); Surgical Dental Assistant


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 1,651

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $31,400 - $43,800


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 14% or more over the period of 2016-2026), are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 500 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2016-2026), or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.