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Program Mission, Goals, and Student Learning Outcomes

PROGRAM  MISSION:   " To provide quality dental assisting education to meet the diverse
needs of the students and dental communities we serve.”

PROGRAM GOALS:  The RCTC Dental Assisting Program will:

    1. Provide the didactic, laboratory and clinical learning experiences required to develop competence as a dental assistant.
    2. Prepare the student to perform effectively as an entry-level dental assistant.
    3. Encourage excellence in the routine delivery of dental care.
    4. Facilitate the development of professional attitudes, communications, and work habits.
    5. Prepare students to become Certified Dental Assistants.
    6. Prepare students to become MN Licensed Dental Assistants.
    7. Provide continuing education opportunities for dental assistants to meet the ever-changing needs of the dental workforce.
    8. Deliver Dental Assistant Program curriculum accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation and approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.

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

Major: Dental Assistant Diploma and AAS Degree Programs:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of dental terminology and the dental sciences.
  2. Employ current principles of effective chairside assisting for diagnostic, preventative and operative general and dental specialty procedures.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for Minnesota licensed dental assistants.
  4. Implement current principles and guidelines of dental infection control, aseptic techniques and hazards management.
  5. Prepare and manipulate chairside and dental laboratory materials and fabricate dental
    models, impression trays and appliances.
  6. Develop and implement patient and community oral health care presentations.
  7. Perform patient reception and dental business office procedures effectively.
  8. Exhibit professional attitudes and interpersonal communications, ethical decision making, and responsible work habits.     

Major: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate Program:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of dental terminology and the dental sciences. 
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for Minnesota licensed dental assistants.
  3. Implement current principles and guidelines of dental infection control, aseptic techniques and hazards management. 
  4. Perform patient reception and dental business office procedures effectively.
  5. Exhibit professional attitudes and interpersonal communications, ethical decision making, and responsible work habits.

 

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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