Programs of Study Home | Programs of Study | Dental Assisting Prepare for aRewarding CareerDental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care. Placement Dental Assisting WelcomeDental assistants play a vital role in dental offices and clinics. SCC's program is comprised of classroom, laboratory and pre-clinical instruction in dental assisting skills and related theory. High school students interested in a career as a dental assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, health, and office practices.You're a Good Fit for this program because . . . OverviewThe Dental Assisting program is a four-quarter (12-month), face-to-face or online program if taken on a full-time basis. The program also may be taken on a part-time basis, which extends the length to six quarters or one-and-a-half years. The program provides opportunities to develop specialized skills in dental health education, chair-side assisting, laboratory procedures, and business office procedures and management. The program provides clinical experiences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center - College of Dentistry, Veteran’s Medical Center – Dental Clinic, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Dental Clinic, People’s Health Center Dental Clinic, City Mission Dental Clinic and private dental offices. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312-440-4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.MissionThe mission of the Dental Assisting program is to meet a community need by providing a CODA-accredited Dental Assisting program that includes practice in dental offices and clinics, and a planned course of study that enhances the delivery of quality dental health care to the general public.Employment OutlookEmployment is expected to grow 29 percent through 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, dental assistants are expected to be among the fastest growing occupations during the 2006-16 projection period. Population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations will fuel demand for dental services. Older dentists, who have been less likely to employ assistants or have employed fewer, are leaving the occupation and will be replaced by recent graduates, who are more likely to use one or more assistants. In addition, as dentists' workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks, so that they may devote their own time to more complex procedures. Job prospects for dental assistants should be excellent. In addition to job openings due to employment growth, numerous job openings will arise out of the need to replace assistants who transfer to other occupations, retire, or leave for other reasons. Many opportunities for entry level positions offer on-the-job training, but some dentists prefer to hire experienced assistants or those who have completed a dental-assisting program. SCC graduates report an average salary of $13.20 per hour, with a high of $15 per hour.View Gainful Employment Information in this Program of Study.Starting TermsFall Quarter, Spring Quarter.Dental Assisting-DICurriculumPROGRAM CLASSESTake the following;DENT-1103 Oral Sciences IDENT-1110 Preclinical ConceptsDENT-1210 Oral Sciences IIDENT-1211 Dental Assisting Foundations IDENT-1212 Oral HygieneDENT-1214 Clinical ConceptsDENT-1311 Dental Assisting Foundation IIDENT-1312 Dental Materials IDENT-1313 Oral Radiography IDENT-1314 Clinical Education IDENT-1410 Practice Management SkillsDENT-1411 Dental Assist Foundations IIIDENT-1412 Dental Materials IIDENT-1413 Oral Radiography IIDENT-1414 Clin Education IIGENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSTAKE PSYC-1250 OR PSYC-1810;PSYC-1250 Interpersonal RelationsPSYC-1810 Introduction to PsychologySpeech 1110 is recommendedSPCH-1110 Public SpeakingSPCH-1090 Fund of Human CommunicationsSPCH-2810 Business & Professional CommunTake FSDT-1350 MEDA-1101FSDT-1350 Basic NutritionMEDA-1101 Medical Terminology 1Program RequirementsComplete all required developmental and support courses with a minimum grade of C (70%) PRIOR to entry into the program. All Dental Assisting program courses must also be completed with a minimum grade of C (75%). If a student receives less than a C+ in any program course, the student may request to re-enter into the program in six months, if space is available.CPR for Health Care Providers (or Professional Rescuer) certification is required prior to entrance into the program. Health statement with required immunizations prior to entrance into the program: Tetanus, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Heptavax (Hepatitis B) Series of three (can be waived-see advisor), Negative Tuberculosis Skin test (in the event a student has a positive TB skin test, a negative TB chest x-ray is required). Verification of current health insurance policy, immunization record, health care provider (CPR), and current prophylaxis (teeth cleaned) are required prior to entering the clinical track course #DENT1110.Take an active role in the program and demonstrate maturity, professionalism and responsibility throughout the program.As students learn the program material, professional standards of conduct and American Dental Assistants Association Code of Ethics for the Dental Assisting Program, they are responsible for having the knowledge necessary to perform clinically and to know where and how to access information. As students advance through the program, they are responsible for performing and conducting themselves both professionally and educationally in a progressive manner.Maintain a minimum grade of 75% (C+ ) in all didactic and clinical education courses.Maintain attendance standards according to course and program policy.Follow the program rules and regulations as put forth in the Program Handbook.Demonstrate professionalism, communication skills and effective interpersonal relations in both the clinical and didactic settings.Provide patient care in the practice of dentistry and display compassion, understanding of diversity, respect, empathy, and concern for patient dignity.Follow designated safety procedures while on campus.Participate in all learning activities at the scheduled times.Be responsible for program costs: tuition, fees, books and tools.How to enroll Complete an Application for Admission. If submitting online, select the Lincoln Online Application.Submit official high school transcripts, GED® scores and/or other college transcripts.Check with an advisor to determine whether the COMPASS assessment test is needed. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has sufficiently high and recent ACT scores or has successfully completed necessary college-level prerequisite courses elsewhere.If applicants have deficiencies or lack of high school diploma or GED®, check with a counselor to determine a preparatory plan.Complete a Health Statement and submit to Admissions. Once the application is complete, the Admissions Office will contact you regarding acceptance to SCC. All advising will be done by the program chair. Complete a program orientation when invited by program officials. Students must meet all of the requirements of the orientation to be officially accepted into the program. For further questions, contact Admissions at 402-437-2600 or 800-642-4075, ext. 2600. Criminal Background CheckA criminal background check will be required of each student in this program. Based on the outcome of the background check, a student may be prevented from taking certain courses, accessing certain laboratory experiences, or completing the program. A non-refundable fee of $45 will be assessed for this CBC.Other Links Health StatementPhysicians LabImmunization InformationDental Assisting Information SheetTuberculosis Skin Test Sheet CostsIt appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. You can download the PDF file here.