• Dental Assisting
    Prepare for a - Rewarding Career
    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.
    Placement
    Dental Assisting
    Prepare for a - Rewarding Career
    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.
    Placement
    Dental Assisting
    Prepare for a - Rewarding Career
    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.
    Placement
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Dental Assisting

  • Welcome

    The profession of dental assisting is so exciting right now, as we are in the process of making historical changes in Nebraska. Dental Assistants will be able to apply for a license in 2018 (ask for more details). Dental assistants play a dynamic role in dental offices and clinics. Here at SCC, our program goal is to get you ready to be a productive dental assistant. Students interested in a career as a dental assistant should take courses in biology, anatomy, chemistry, health, nutrition, and computer skills.

    Overview

    The Dental Assisting program at SCC is a full-time program that is completed in four-quarters (12 months).  It is offered both face-to-face (traditional) or online. This program provides opportunities to develop specialized skills in dental health education, chair-side assisting skills, various laboratory procedures, coronal polishing, radiation exposure and processing, business office procedures and management and more than 300 hours of clinical experience.  The clinical experience is obtained at pre-approved dental offices and clinics, and a planned course of study that enhances the delivery of quality dental health care to the general public.

    Our program is comprised of classroom, laboratory and pre-clinical instruction covering 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. All graduates from the program are eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam.  This exam is recognized by the American Dental Association, and facilitated through the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (danb.org). Passing the DANB is one of the components to a license in dental assisting.

    How to get started


    Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution.
    As a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution, we are unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following states/areas: California and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

    Mission

    To meet a community need by preparing dental assistants committed to applying learned skills that they can utilize in a professional and ethical environment, which include legal boundaries of a diverse community.

    The Dental Assisting program at SCC is accredited by the American Dental Association - Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA-CODA) 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.

    CODA LogoADA - CODA
    211 E. Chicago Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60611
    312-440-4653
    http://www.ada.org/en/coda

    Program Outcomes

    Employment Outlook

    Employment is expected to grow. 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 hourly wage around $16.30.

    View Gainful Employment Information for this Program of Study.

    Starting Terms

    Fall Quarter (October) and Spring Quarter (April).

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