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PROGRAM ACCREDITATION / STATE RECOGNITION:
The RCTC Dental Assistant Program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation, in compliance with the standards set forth by the ADA Council on Dental Education.
The RCTC Dental Assistant Program is recognized by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry as an authorized provider of dental assisting curriculum and of Minnesota Expanded Functions curriculum.
Are you interested in accessing more information about dental assisting?
If so, check out these Web sites:
- American Dental Assistants
- Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
- Minnesota Board of Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Minnesota Dental Association
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.
Last Updated: July 11, 2014