• Dental Assisting
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    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.
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    Dental Assisting
    Prepare for a - Rewarding Career
    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.
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    Dental Assisting
    Prepare for a - Rewarding Career
    Dental assistants work alongside dentists and dental hygienists and perform a variety of patient care.
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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 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. Students interested in a career as a dental assistant should take courses in biology, anatomy, chemistry, health, nutrition, and computer skills.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .

    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 over 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).

    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, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Florida.

    Mission

    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 (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

    Notice of Third Party Comments

    Program Outcomes

    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) – Traditional and Online, Spring Quarter (April) – Traditional only.

    Program Advising Sheet

    Here's How to Get Started

    Dental Assisting-DI

    Dental Assisting is located on the Lincoln Campus and online. New students are admitted to the traditional program in both Fall and Spring quarters. The online program is limited to the Fall quarter. Students will learn optimal infection control practices and chairside skills to be a competent entry-level dental assistant. Cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (hands on skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains are utilized during the education process. The program includes clinical courses that are supervised and held at pre-approved dental offices or facilities. The program provides clinical experiences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-College of Dentistry, Veterans Administration Dental Clinic, Lincoln, Lancaster-County Dental Clinic, People's Health Clinic, and in private dental offices. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Online students are required to make initial contacts with potential clinical sites during second quarter. Online students are required to attend mandatory labs on Lincoln Campus each quarter to fulfill the requirements for the courses (approximately four days per quarter). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination facilitated by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (www.danb.org).
    Requirements

    Program Admission

    Submit to Admissions:
    1. Application to SCC for the Dental Assisting Program.
    2. Submit a Program Self-Advising Sheet showing completion of all program pre-requisite courses with the required grade-point average.
    3. Transcripts from High School, GED or other colleges (if applicable).
    4. Appropriate math and writing course placement scores.
    5. 2.5 cumulative GPA.

    Students will be contacted with an anticipated start date upon successful completion of the admission process.

    Student Responsibilities BEFORE starting the Dental Assisting Program:

    Submit the following items to the Health Sciences Division Office in B-4 prior to starting the program. 

    1. Completed Health Statement and submit to the Health Sciences Division Office in B-4 upon application to the program.
    2. Completed Two-step skin test for tuberculosis verification must be submitted when requested by the program.
    3. CPR certification by American Heart Association for “Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider” or American Red Cross “Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider”. CPR certification must be current throughout program.
    4. Current Health Insurance Policy Coverage.
    5. Current Dental Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning).
    6. Review Essential Functions.

    Student Responsibilities DURING the Dental Assisting Program: 

    1. Annual Flu vaccination.
    2. Drug and alcohol testing requirement successfully completed when requested by the program.  Contact the Dean of Health Sciences (402-437-2729) for further details or specific questions.
    3. Successful completion of a Criminal Background Check, including the Nebraska adult and child abuse registries (CBC executed by SCC before starting the program).  Contact the Dean of Health Sciences (402-437-2729) for further details or specific questions.
    4. Minimum 2.5 GPA (Accumulative) to graduate.
    5. Complete all Dental Assisting courses with a minimum grade of 75% (C+).
    6. Possess computer skills and have Internet access.
    7. At their own expense, online students must attend a two- to four-day on campus labs in each quarter of the program at the SCC Lincoln, Nebraska, campus.
    8. Know and comply with the rules and regulations contained within the program’s and College’s Student Handbook.
    9. Maintain confidentiality regarding health and personal information of patient and abide by HIPAA guidelines.
    10. Demonstrate proficiency in all technical and critical-thinking skills necessary for a dental assistants and maintain appropriate professional conduct at all times during clinical and didactic courses.

    Important Information:

    Program Summary

    This is a one-year program 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 a dental health care facility. Clinical rotations may include private dental offices, University of Nebraska – 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 chair-side dental assisting skills with a variety of laboratory and office duties. Dental assistants work alongside a dentist to provide a large variety of 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 learn 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 maintenance are major roles of the dental assistant.

    Students perform approximately 15-20 hours of clinical per week at a pre-approved clinical site.  Clinical hours are mainly daytime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., however, there are some evening and early mornings.

    Student Responsibilities in the Program

    Important: Upon completing the program, students are eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant examination offered by the Dental Assistant National Board, .  If you have a felony or misdemeanor in your background, you may be ineligible to take the national board.  Individuals who have been convicted of, or plead guilty to a crime, may file a pre-application with the DANB to obtain a ruling on the impact of their eligibility for examination (there is a fee for this).  You can obtain information about the pre-application on the DANB website.

    Important Documents

    Welcome

    The profession of dental assisting 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. Students interested in a career as a dental assistant should take courses in biology, anatomy, chemistry, health, nutrition, and computer skills.

    You're a Good Fit for this program because . . .

    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 over 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).

    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, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Florida.

    Mission

    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 (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

    Notice of Third Party Comments

    Program Outcomes

    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) – Traditional and Online, Spring Quarter (April) – Traditional only.

    Program Advising Sheet

    Here's How to Get Started