• Program: Dental Assistant
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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The Dental Assistant is an important member of a professional health team. As a Dental Assistant, the student will perform many chairside procedures, assist the dentist during patient treatment and complete records. The assistant must also be competent in the knowledge and skill required for business office and laboratory procedures. Upon completion of this program, the dental assistant graduate will be eligible to take the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry’s Licensure Exam and the Dental Assisting National board exams. Passing this exam allows a dental assistant to perform the expanded functions on patients. 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, ability to follow direct supervision and to be sensitive to others` needs. The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation and approved by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry. The A.A.S. degree plan is designed for students who are interested in continuing their educational career. Information is available thru the HTC web site and dental assistant program counselors which state the risks of entering this profession in regards to bloodborne pathogens and disease transmission, including needlesticks. Prerequisite: Pre-Dental Health Requirements (Mantoux test and Hepatitis B vaccine) CPLT1100, COMM2050 or COMM2060, DNTL1121, ENGL2050 or ENGL2121, EMSV1020 or currently certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider.

Career Opportunities

Dental Assistants are employed in private and group practices, government public health clinics, dental sales, insurance companies, educational facilities, and the armed forces.

Award Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of dental sciences.
  • Facilitate effective communication with patients and dental team members.
  • Perform clinical, laboratory and administrative procedures in various dental environments.
  • Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
  • Demonstrate the legal and ethical Minnesota Board of Dentistry statutes.
  • Exhibit organizational skills.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 42 Credits
General Education Requirements 10 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
General Education Electives 8 Credits

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