Dental Assisting Program (New)

Dental Assisting Program

What is a Dental Assistant?

A dental assistant works on the delivery of quality oral health care and is a big part of the dental care team. Responsibilities include performing tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills, assisting the dentist with the patient, developing dental radiographs (x-ray), collecting information about patients’ medical history, and assisting patients to feel comfortable when entering the office and during treatment.

Course Description

This Two Semester (two-course) program is designed to prepare students for a career working as a dental assistant in the dental profession. Dental 1 is a 100 hour course and Dental 2 is a 80 hour course. In addition, students will attend a clinical rotation during the program for a total of 150 hours. These courses provide an introduction to Dentistry and Dental Assisting as well as Basic Life Support (BLS) Certifications. Topics include infection control, dental charting, preparing the patient, basic chairside assisting, dental instruments and hand-pieces, tray set-up and procedures, dental materials, and business administration procedures. Students will also receive additional certification in Blood Borne Pathogens, HIPPA, and OSHA.

Please note: Students must have reliable transportation to clinical sites assigned by the instructor. Clinical dates are assigned based off of the site availability. Request are taken, but not always granted.

Certification

The Dental Assisting Program will prepare students to sit for the “Radiation Health & Safety” (RHS) and the “Infection Control Exam” (ICE) portion of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification as required by law in the state of Connecticut in order to expose radiographs in a dental setting.  The DANB RHS and ICE exams are administered by computer only at PROMETRIC Testing Centers.

Required Courses

Course Description

Dental Assisting I is a 100-hours course that provides an introduction to Dentistry and Dental Assisting as well as Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. Topics include infection control, dental charting, preparing the patient, basic chairside assisting, dental instruments and hand-pieces, tray set-up and procedures, dental materials, and business administration procedures.

Prerequisites

NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields.

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. High school completion or equivalent
  3. HEALTH FORM REQUIRED for registration, Completion of Health Form is required to attend clinical for this program. Please complete the form with your medical provider. You can download the form here: TRCC Health Form.

COVID-19 vaccine for students at clinical sites

Students who have internships (at hospitals, medical centers, clinics, etc.) connected to their academic studies at a CSCU institution, and who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or non-medical reasons, should apply for an exemption at that organization/site.  CSCU can only grant and control medical and non-medical exemptions on the college campus-not outside it.   We understand that some clinical/allied health sites may not allow for any exemptions, and if this is the case, we should work with the student to find an alternate suitable site.  If this cannot be accomplished, the student should be advised of this and may need to reevaluate their decision to not get the vaccine.

Required Supplies

  1. Navy Blue Scrubs
  2. A textbook is required for this course and can be purchased at the TRCC Bookstore. This is required for the first day of class.

Course Schedule

Fall 2022, CRN #34030

  • Instructor: Brandie Frechette
  • Instructional Method: Traditional – These classes are fully on campus. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
  • Dates: Monday, Thursday, 9/12/22-12/12/22 (No class 10/10, 11/24)
    • CPR Certification: TBD
  • Time: 9:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: B118 M/ A206 Th
  • Cost:$1,899, includes CPR, OSHA, HIPPA, & BBP Certifications, textbook not included
  • Registration Deadline: 9/5/22

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

Please Note: It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration. A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment are received.

Course Description

Dental Assisting II is a 80-hour course with a combination of lecture and clinical.  This course will provide dental assistant students with the fundamental principles upon which dental radiology is based. The course will cover basic radiation health and safety—an introduction to dental radiography and equipment and the production and evaluation of dental radiographs.

Topics include understanding dental radiation, process radiographic film, identify and correct errors, expose and evaluate radiographs, mount and label radiographs, apply infection control techniques.

Course content will focus on preparing the student to sit for the “Radiation Health & Safety” (RHS) and the “Infection Control Exam” (ICE) portion of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification as required by law in the state of Connecticut to expose radiographs in a dental setting.  The DANB RHS and ICE exams are administered by computer only at PROMETRIC Testing Centers.

The first 80 hours will be held in the classroom at Three Rivers Community College. Students will be responsible for completing the remaining 150 hours at individual clinical sites. Assistance in obtaining clinical sites will be provided.

Prerequisites

  1. Successful completion of Dental Assisting I
  2. 18 years of age
  3. Provide proof of immunization records when registering for the program. please complete and submit the TRCC Health Form

COVID-19 vaccine for students at clinical sites

Students who have internships (at hospitals, medical centers, clinics, etc.) connected to their academic studies at a CSCU institution, and who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or non-medical reasons, should apply for an exemption at that organization/site.  CSCU can only grant and control medical and non-medical exemptions on the college campus-not outside it.   We understand that some clinical/allied health sites may not allow for any exemptions, and if this is the case, we should work with the student to find an alternate suitable site.  If this cannot be accomplished, the student should be advised of this and may need to reevaluate their decision to not get the vaccine.

Supplies Required

  1. Textbook, students can purchase at TRCC bookstore
  2. Navy Blue Scrubs

Course Schedules

Spring 2023 CRN# 14516

  • Instructor: Brandie Frechette
  • Instructional Method: Traditional – These classes are fully on campus. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
  • Dates: Monday and Thursday, 1/27/22-4/7/22, No class 2/21/22
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mondays (A206), Thursdays (B118)
  • Cost:$1,899, plus cost of textbook
  • Registration Deadline: 1/20/22

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

Please Note: It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration. A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment are received.

SNAP, Veterans and WIOA Eligible