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

Diploma and AAS

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the dental sciences, to include: general, oral and head and neck anatomy and physiology, dental embryology and histology, microbiology, nutrition, dental radiology, dental materials, oral pathology and dental pharmacology.
  • Communicate effectively and establish good working relationships with patients and members of the dental health care team.
  • Assist in the collection and recording of diagnostic and clinical data.
  • Employ current principles of effective chairside assisting for four-handed dentistry.  
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the armamentarium, tray set-ups, procedure sequencing, and pre-op/post-op patient preparation and instructions for preventive, general operative, and dental specialty procedures.
  • Correctly prepare, manipulate and apply chairside dental materials.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for Minnesota licensed dental assistants.
  • Develop and implement patient and community dental health care presentations.
  • Assist in the prevention and management of dental/medical emergencies.
  • Apply current principles of aseptic techniques and infection control and follow standards/guidelines of occupational safety for dental personnel.  
  • Prepare and manipulate dental laboratory materials and equipment and fabricate dental models, impression trays and appliances. 
  • Effectively perform dental office procedures, including: patient reception and communication, computer data entry, records and appointment management, accounting/bookkeeping, business correspondence, dental recall and inventory control.
  • Exhibit professionalism and employ ethical decision making.
  • Demonstrate effective work habits, with a focus on quality care, and performed in compliance with the guidelines/standards set forth by the CDC, ADA, and MN Board of Dentistry.

Expanded Functions

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the dental sciences as they relate to the Minnesota expanded functions for dental assistants.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing expanded functions for Minnesota licensed dental assistants.
  • Apply current principles of aseptic techniques and infection control and follow standards/guidelines of occupational safety for dental personnel. 
  • Assist in the collection and recording of diagnostic and clinical data.
  • Employ current principles of effective chairside assisting for four-handed dentistry.
  • Communicate effectively and establish good working relationships with patients and members of the dental health care team.  
  • Exhibit professionalism and employ ethical decision making.
  • Demonstrate effective work habits, with a focus on quality care, and performed in compliance with the guidelines/standards set forth by the CDC, ADA, and MN Board of Dentistry. 
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