Dental Assistant Program

A dental assistant is a vital member of the dental health care team, functioning like a “dental nurse” to support the dentist and provide direct patient care. Dental assistants enjoy a broad range of exciting and challenging duties, including assisting for diagnostic, preventive and operative procedures, delivering oral hygiene instruction, performing instrument and treatment room decontamination, and dental laboratory and business office procedures. Minnesota licensed dental assistants also perform a group of special duties called expanded functions, which includes procedures such as mechanical polishing, taking dental x-rays, applying dental sealants, tying in orthodontic wires, fabricating temporary crowns, and administering nitrous oxide sedation.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Minnesota licensure exam, Minnesota jurisprudence exam and the national certification exam for dental assistants.

Program Options

Dental Assistant Diploma

The Dental Assistant major is designed to provide the student with the technical knowledge, manual skills, clinical experiences, communication skills, and positive attitudes toward work required to make the graduate a valuable member of the dental health care profession. The Dental Assistant Program may be completed in one year as a full-time student, or in two years as a part-time student.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Minnesota licensure exam, Minnesota jurisprudence exam and the national certification exam for dental assistants.

Dental Assistant Expanded Functions Certificate

This certificate program focuses specifically on Minnesota Expanded Functions for Dental Assistants. The MN Board of Dentistry approved curriculum includes academic and laboratory/clinical experiences in all Minnesota Dental Assistant Expanded Functions. For entry into this certificate program, the applicant must currently be a DANB Certified Dental Assistant, must have graduated from a CODA accredited dental assisting program, and must hold a current healthcare provider level CPR/AED Certificate from the American Red Cross or America Heart Association. Upon successful completion of the certificate requirements, the student is eligible to take the Minnesota Licensure Examination for Dental Assistants. 

Dental Assistant AAS

The Dental Assistant major is designed to provide the student with the technical knowledge, manual skills, clinical experiences, communication skills, and positive attitudes toward work required to make the graduate a valuable member of the dental health care profession. The Dental Assistant Program may be completed in one year as a full-time student, or in two years as a part-time student. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Minnesota licensure exam, Minnesota jurisprudence exam and the national certification exam for dental assistants.

 

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Courtney ThoresonCourtney Thoreson, Program Advisor

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