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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. Dentists will continue to hire more dental assistants to complete routine tasks, allowing the dentist to see more patients in their practice and spend their time on more complex procedures. As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed.”

Program Description

This two-course program is designed to prepare students for a career working as a dental assistant in the dental profession. These courses provide 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 chair-side assisting, dental instruments and hand-pieces, tray set-up and procedures, dental materials and business administration procedures.

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 PROMETRICS Testing Centers.

Required Courses

Dental Assisting I is a 130-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 chair-side assisting, dental instruments and hand-pieces, tray set-up and procedures, dental materials and business administration procedures.

The course is designed to introduce people interested in changing careers to the dental profession. It is also designed to teach students that plan to continue their training in dental assisting by working in a dental practice. Students will learn material through PowerPoint lectures, discussion and lab demonstrations.

Prerequisites:   See prerequisites below.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent (foreign students must provide a notarized English translated transcript)
  • In-hour Math & English Comprehension Test. Students who provide proof of prior college level courses may be exempt.

Course Schedule

Coming Soon! Fall 2021

Dental Assisting II is a 230 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 in order to expose radiographs in a dental setting.  The DANB RHS and ICE Exams are administered by computer only at PROMETRICS 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:

  • Successful completion of Dental Assisting I
  • TB (PPD) test results read within the last 12 months from the clinical end date
  • Provide proof of 2 Measles, 2 Mumps & 1 Rubella or Titer
  • Chicken Pox-proof of vaccine (varicella/varivax) or antibody TiterPlease 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 Schedules

Spring 2021 CRN#14443

Instructor: Brandie Frechette

Dates: Mondays and Thursdays – LRON

Time: 2/18/21-4/8/21 (no class 2/22, 3/15, 3/18)

Room: LRON/Occasional Lab Thursdays A206

Cost: $1,800, plus cost of textbook

CEUs: 23

Registration deadline: 2/11/21

Register HERE

SNAP and WIOA Eligible

SNAP-eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.