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Program Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

Diploma and AAS Degree Programs:

Upon completion of the Dental Assistant Program at RCTC, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of dental terminology and the dental sciences.
  • Collect systematically and accurately record diagnostic and clinical data.
  • Employ current principles of effective chairside assisting for general and dental specialty procedures and dental/medical emergencies.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for Minnesota licensed dental assistants.
  • Implement current principles and guidelines of dental infection control, aseptic techniques and hazards management.
  • Prepare and manipulate chairside and dental laboratory materials and fabricate dental models, impression trays and appliances.
  • Provide oral health instruction to dental patients and community groups.
  • Perform patient reception and dental business office procedures effectively.
  • Communicate effectively and establish positive working relationships with patients and members of the dental health care team.
  • Function in a responsible, professional and ethical manner.

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate Program:

Upon completion of the Dental Assistant Program at RCTC, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of dental terminology and the dental sciences.
  • Collect systematically and accurately record diagnostic and clinical data.
  • Employ current principles of effective chairside assisting for general and dental specialty procedures and dental/medical emergencies.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for Minnesota licensed dental assistants.
  • Implement current principles and guidelines of dental infection control, aseptic techniques and hazards management.
  • Perform patient reception and dental business office procedures effectively.
  • Communicate effectively and establish positive working relationships with patients and members of the dental health care team.
  • Function in a responsible, professional and ethical manner.
Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
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Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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