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RCTC’s Dental Assistant labs are equipped with the latest technology and tools.
DENTAL ASSISTING CREDENTIALS:
In Minnesota, it is desirable to hold both National Certification and State Licensure for dental assisting. Dental assistants who graduate from a program accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation and hold a current professional rescuer level CPR/AED certification are eligible to take the National Certification Exam for Dental Assistants. Upon successful completion of this exam, dental assistants earn the title of a Certified Dental Assistant.
To become a Licensed Dental Assistant, students must first graduate from an accredited school of dental assisting that includes the MN Board of Dentistry approved curriculum in expanded functions. Next, graduates must sit for and pass the following exams: the MN Dental Jurisprudence Exam, the National Certification Exam for Dental Assistants, and the Minnesota Licensure Exam for Dental Assistants. The graduates may apply to become licensed with the MN Board of Dentistry. Once the MN Board of Dentistry reviews and approves the application, the Board will award the applicant the title of Licensed Dental Assistant.
Clinical & Laboratory Health & Safety Provisions
RCTC and the Dental Assistant Program comply with mandated and recommended health and safety policies to ensure a safe learning and working environment for students, staff, and patients. View The RCTC Blood Borne and Infectious Disease Policy (RCTC Policy 6.4.4). Upon entering the Dental Assistant Program, students will be given a copy of the RCTC Dental Assistant Program Lab/Clinic Policies Manual, which details all program policies relating to infection control, hazards management, and safety in the lab and clinical settings.
Blood Borne Infectious Disease Policy
(RCTC Policy 6.4.4)
Part 1. Definition: Rochester Community
and Technical College implements blood borne infectious disease policies
and procedures to provide a safe environment for students, faculty,
staff, and patients of the College health care services.
Rochester Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of infectious disease status for admission to the College or for employment by the College.
Part 2. Procedure:
- The policy for blood borne infectious diseases will be documented
in the College catalog and all other College documents that cite College
- Students entering health care programs will be asked to provide
documentation of a health exam using the RCTC Health Form. This confidential
documentation will be reviewed by the College Health Service Office.
A student health file will be kept in the College Health Service Office.
- All students, staff, and faculty that are at risk for exposure
to blood borne infectious pathogens must complete the Hepatitis B Vaccine
series or sign a waiver documenting the reason for not receiving the
vaccine. To document compliance, the student/faculty/staff member
must complete and submit a “Hepatitis B Vaccination Verification”
form. Submission will be to the office designated on the form.
- A “Standard Precautions” policy will be implemented
throughout the College for use by all students, faculty, and staff.
- A program with course content that presents a potential risk of
exposure to infectious diseases must provide those students with training
in infectious disease prevention. Documentation of this training will
be the responsibility of the program leader, with a copy of the documentation
given to the College Safety Officer.
- All students participating in college athletic programs will be
trained in blood borne infectious disease prevention. Documentation
of this training will be the responsibility of each athletic program,
with a copy of the documentation given to the College Safety Officer.
- All laboratories, clinics, and athletic facilities will be equipped
with blood borne infectious disease spill kits and will be provided
instruction for their use.
- All College faculty and staff will receive annual training regarding blood borne infectious diseases through the college “Right to Know” training program. Documentation of the training will be maintained by the College Safety Officer.
Date of Implementation: 6/8/99
Date of Adoption: 6/8/99