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2021-2022 Health Professions, Public Safety Pathway
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Dental Assistant

Certificate of Completion

About the Program

This four-term certificate program prepares students to meet the requirements to become dental assistants with expanded functions (EFDA). Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB).  The curriculum is based in general dentistry; students are trained in four-handed chair-side assisting techniques to work with general dentists during all phases of patient examination and treatment.

Program students attend classes as part of a structured cohort that begins each year in summer term. Students should apply early as the required mandatory information session is scheduled several months prior to the summer start. Note: Students may still be working on prerequisites to cohort acceptance classes when applying.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Dental Assistant program are:

Demonstrate patient education and administrative office skills.

Demonstrate occupational safety skills.

Demonstrate general chair-side and laboratory sciences skills.

Demonstrate fluency and competency dealing with legal and ethical issues.

Demonstrate radiographic proficiencies.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

This is a limited-entry program. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements (MTH20, and RD90/WR90 or WR91) before the program application due date. All listed program prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed before beginning the cohort.

Selection Process

All applications will be date stamped and reviewed in the order received. Applicants will be selected by committee. The screening process includes a mandatory information session and an interview. A criminal background check and drug screening will be required for all students. This is a competitive program and not all qualified applicants may be accepted.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better will receive their certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. Credits earned in this program can be applied to the Associate of General Studies degree.


TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

49-55

Program Map

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.

Prerequisites to Application
Course No. Course Title Credits Alternate Course Comments

MTH20

Pre-algebra

0-4

 

RD90

College Reading

0-4

WR91

WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

WR90

Fundamentals of Composition

0-4

WR91

WR91 fulfills RD90/WR90

Prerequisites credits vary based on Placement Score(s):

0-12

 

 

Prerequisites to Cohort Acceptance 1

BT101

Human Relations in Organizations

3

PSY101

 

BT113

Business English I 2

3-4

WR115

or higher level composition course

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 3

0-2

 

COMM100

Basic Communication

3-4

COMM111/
COMM218

MTH63

Applied Algebra I

4

MTH60/
BT160

or higher level math

Prerequisites credits vary based on Placement Score(s):

13-17

 

 

Apply to the Dental Assistant Program at https://go.roguecc.edu/department/dental-assistant
between November 1 and March 15 for Summer entry

Summer

 

 

 

AH100

Medical Terminology: Introduction

3

 

can be taken outside of cohort

AH105

Communication and Professional Behavior

3

 

 

DA101

Dental Assisting I

4

 

 

DA202

Infection Control for the Dental Professional

2

 

 

HE252

First Aid/CPR

2-3

 

or HE112 and HE261
can be taken outside of cohort

 

Total Credits:

14-15

 

 

Fall

 

 

 

DA102

Dental Assisting II

4

 

 

DA102L

Dental Assisting II Lab

1

 

 

DA103

Dental Materials

2

 

 

DA104

Dental Administration

2

 

 

AH150

Introduction to Practicum and Seminar

2

 

 

DA201

Dental Radiology

4

 

 

DA101L

Dental Assisting I - Lab

1

 

 

 

Total Credits:

16

 

 

Winter

 

 

 

DA123

Legal and Ethical Issues in Dentistry

2

 

 

DA106

Dental and Medical Emergency Management

2

 

 

DA152

Practicum and Seminar in Dental Assisting I

4

 

 

DA201L

Radiology Lab

2

 

 

DA203

Chair-side Assisting

2

 

 

 

Total Credits:

12

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

DA153

Practicum and Seminar in Dental Assisting II

4

 

 

DA204

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

2

 

 

DA204L

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Lab

1

 

 

WR121

English Composition I

0-4

COMM218

WR121 or COMM218, if not taken as a prerequisite

LIB127

Introduction to Academic Research

0-1

 

or approved elective

 

Total Credits:

7-12

 

 

Approved Program Electives

(0-5 credits allowed)

Course No. Course Title Credits

AH110

Medical Terminology: Clinical

3

BA101

Introduction to Business

4

BT102

Introduction to Supervision

3

CG100

College Success and Survival

2

CG105

Finding the Money: Scholarship Essay Writing

1

COMM100

Basic Communication (if not taken as prerequisite)

3

COMM111

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (if not taken as prerequisite)

4

COMM218

Interpersonal Communication (if not taken as prerequisite)

4

HS152

Stress Management

1

LIB127

Introduction to Academic Research

1

MTH    

Any math course numbered MTH60 or above (if not taken to fulfill math requirement)

4-5

RD115

Speedreading for College

3

SPAN101,102,103

First Year Spanish I, II, III

4-4-4

SPAN201,202,203

Second Year Spanish I, II, III

4-4-4

SRV101

Service Learning

1-3

WR110

Understanding English Grammar

2

WR121

English Composition I (if not taken to fulfill writing requirement)

4

WR122

English Composition II

4

WR227

Technical Writing

4

_____

Any college-level science course numbered 100 and above

3-5

_____

Any health or physical education course

variable

1 Required for graduation.

2 Students who have successfully completed the 3-credit version of BT113 will have met the composition requirement.

3 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.


For more information, contact the Allied Health Occupations Department.

Dental Assisting faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: dental@roguecc.edu
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/alliedhealth/dental
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

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