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


Dental Assisting

  • Welcome

    The dental assisting profession is so exciting right now as we are in the process of making historical changes in the state of Nebraska. 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. To help prepare them for a career as a dental assistant, students should take courses in biology, anatomy, chemistry, health, nutrition, and computers.

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    The Dental Assisting program at SCC is full time and can be completed in four quarters (12 months).  It is offered both face-to-face (traditional) and 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 experiences are obtained at pre-approved dental offices and clinics, and through 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. 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 exam. This exam is recognized by the American Dental Association and is facilitated through the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (


    The primary mission of the Dental Assisting program is 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 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.

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    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 hourly wage around $15.

    View Gainful Employment Information for this Program of Study.

    Starting Terms

    Fall Quarter (October) – Face-to-face and Online, Spring Quarter (April) – Face-to-face only.

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    Program Requirements (due prior to starting the program)

    • Completed Health Statement
    • Current Health Care Provider CPR certification
    • Current Health Insurance Policy Coverage
    • Current Dental Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
    • Current Two-step TB skin test (valid for one year)

    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.

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    Program Summary

    The one-year program is comprised of clinical and didactic courses. Students are admitted in the Spring and Fall quarters. The program is offered face-to-face (clinicals are performed in Lincoln; didactic courses offered in classroom) OR the online track (clinical performed outside Lincoln; didactic courses offered Web-based). Online students are required to attend scheduled labs on the 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 a dental health care facility. Clinical rotations may include private dental offices, the University of Nebraska’s College of Dentistry, Veteran’s Medical Center Dental Clinic, Lincoln Lancaster Health Department Dental Clinic, and People’s Health Center Dental Clinic.

    Students will gain experience in chairside dental assisting skills and a variety of laboratory and office duties. Dental assistants work alongside a dentist to provide a large variety dental treatment to patients. With the proper education and training, dental assistants can complete delegated reversible tasks independently, with the dentist on site. Dental assistants have learned specialized skills that allow them to keep the patient’s mouth clean with a suction device, prepare materials, assist with specialty procedures, coronal polish of the teeth, exposure and process radiographs and many other duties. Infection control adherence and minor maintance are major roles of the dental assistant.

    Student Responsibilities in the Program

    • Minimum 2.5 (cumulative) grade-point average to graduate
    • Complete all Dental Assisting courses with a minimum grade of 75 percent (C+)
    • Maintain current Healthcare Provider CPR certification and immunizations (including the flu vaccine)
    • Play an active role in the 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 scheduled labs on the Lincoln Campus each quarter

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