In the Dental Assistant program, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to become an important member of a professional health team in a dental office or clinic. You may earn a Dental Assistant Diploma or an AAS Degree. A dental assistant performs many duties at chairside, including assisting the dentist during patient treatment. The assistant must also be skilled in related office and laboratory procedures, as well as the MN State Board of Dentistry, expanded functions.
Dental Assistant graduates are employed in many areas of dentistry, including general dentistry as well as dental specialties such as pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics and periodontics, and more.
The Dental Assistant program at Hennepin Technical College is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, www.dentalboard.state.mn.us.
The program in Dental Assisting 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 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is http://www.ada.org/en/coda.
To begin the Dental Assistant program, please apply to the college and review additional steps under the Entry Requirements section below.
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Class Time: Day
Semester: Fall Semester
Campus: Eden Prairie Campus & Brooklyn Park Campus
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Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to work well with others, the desire to be a part of a professional team, manual dexterity, good communication skills, and the ability to follow direct supervision.
Program first semester registration requirements:
Students are also required to complete the following prior to the first semester:
Important information while in the program:
You will apply to the Dental Assistant program in your DNTL 1121 Dental Science class. No paper applications will be accepted. Please email Sarah Cornelius at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Wage and Job Outlook information for this program are available at CAREERwise. Dental Assistants are employed in private and group practices, government public health clinics, dental sales, insurance companies, educational facilities, and the armed forces.
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