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    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.


Dental Assisting

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    Dental assistants play a vital role in dental offices and dental clinics. SCC's program is comprised of classroom, laboratory and pre-clinical instruction in dental assisting skills and related theory. The students are taught duties that are regulated by the state of Nebraska and within the Dental Practice Act. Our goal is to prepare students with learned skills that they can utilize in a professional and ethical environment, to include legal boundaries of a diverse community.  High school students interested in a career as a dental assistant should take courses in biology, anatomy, chemistry, health, nutrition, and computer skills to include office practices.

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    The Dental Assisting program is a four-quarter (12-month), face-to-face or online program if taken on a full-time basis. The program provides opportunities to develop specialized skills in dental health education, chair-side assisting, laboratory procedures, coronal polishing, radiation exposure and processing and business office procedures and management.  Students learn to practice within the ethical and professional duties identified by the state of Nebraska. 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.

    All graduates from the program are eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant exam (CDA).  This exam is nationally recognized, and facilitated through the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (


    The 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 Outlook

    Employment 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 for this Program of Study.

    Starting Terms

    Fall Quarter, Spring Quarter.

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    Program Requirements

    • Current CPR certification for Health Care Providers.
    • Current Health Insurance Policy Coverage.
    • Current Dental Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).
    • Current TB skin test.

    Program Admission

    Submit to Admissions:
    • Application to SCC for the Dental Assisting Program or apply online.
    • Completed Health Statement.
    • Transcripts as needed (check with Admissions).
    • Submit test scores to determine if COMPASS assessment test is needed.

    Students will be placed on the appropriate waiting list and contacted with an anticipated start date upon successful completion of the admission process.

    Important Documents

    Program Summary

    The one-year program is comprised of clinical and didactic courses. Students are admitted in Spring and Fall terms. The program is offered traditionally (clinicals performed in Lincoln; didactic courses offered in classroom) OR the online track (clinical performed outside Lincoln; didactic courses offered Web-based). Online track students are required to attend scheduled  labs on Lincoln campus each quarter.

    Clinical - Students will use the knowledge learned in the didactic courses, along with skills acquired in lab, to give care to patients at dental health care facility. Clinical rotations may include private dental offices, University of Nebraska – College of Dentistry, Veteran’s Medical Center, Lincoln Lancaster Health Department Dental Clinic, and People’s Health Center Dental Clinic. Students will gain experience in chairside dental assisting skills, a variety of laboratory and office duties. Dental assistants work alongside a dentist to provide dental treatment to patients.  They have specialized skills that allow them to keep the patient’s mouth clean with a suction device, prepare materials, assistant with specialty procedures, coronal polish of the teeth, exposure and process radiographs and many other duties.  Infection control adherence is a major role of the dental assistant in any dental setting.

    Student Responsibilities in the Program

    • Complete all Dental Assisting courses with a minimum grade of 75% (C+).
    • Maintain current Healthcare Provider CPR certification and immunizations (including the flu vaccine.)
    • Play an active role in their education process.
    • Provide patient care in the practice of dentistry and display compassion, understanding of diversity, respect, and concern for the patient.
    • Maintain confidentiality regarding health and personal information of patient and abide by HIPAA guidelines.
    • Follow all safety requirements in the didactic and clinical setting.
    • Maintain appropriate professional conduct in clinical and didactic settings.
    • Possess computer skills and have Internet access.
    • Know contents of SCC Student Handbook for the Dental Assisting Program and College.
    • Online students must attend schedule Lincoln campus labs each quarter.

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