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Dental Assisting

Information about this exciting field:

The Dental Assisting curriculum at Chattahoochee Tech prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as an integral member of the dental team while performing chair-side and laboratory procedures as well as related office tasks. Dental Assistants work alongside dentists, hygienists, and patients delivering a multitude of healthcare services. Performing dental x-rays, sterilizing instruments, setting up patient trays, fabricating oral appliances like mouth guards and bleaching trays, and delivering post-op instructions, as well as front office duties, are only some of the exciting skills dental assisting students will acquire in the program.

Is this program for me?

The Dental Assisting program covers a range of topics involving modern dental assisting.  The courses covered will include General Education classes, Microbiology, Dental Anatomy, Preventive Dentistry, Radiography, and Dental Practice Management.  Graduates of the Dental Assisting program are eligible to take the National Entry Level Dental Assisting (NELDA) exam with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Here are some qualities and skills exhibited by Dental Assisting graduates:

  • Reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for dental assisting
  • Possess dexterity to manipulate and mix dental materials
  • Visually assess patient’s condition and clearly see patient’s teeth from a distance of 20 inches
  • Move, adjust, and position patient as needed
  • Communicate effectively using verbal, non-verbal, and written formats with faculty, other students, patients, and all members of the dental team
  • Have sufficient emotional stability and responsibility to withstand stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize the work duties of dental assistants
  • Work in a sitting position for at least 1 hour at a time
  • Display flexibility and adaptability
  • Possess the ability to demonstrate professional behavior and a strong work ethic, and comply with the Dental Assisting Code of Ethics
  • Possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, physical, medical, and intellectual backgrounds

Where might I find a job?

Dental Assistants can work numerous jobs in the dental field.  There is general dentistry as well as specialties in public health, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontics, as well as office work in both front and back office settings.

HOPE Career Grant Eligible

The Dental Assisting Diploma Program (DA 12) is eligible for the HOPE Career Grant. The HOPE Career Grant (formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) is a financial award for Technical College System of Georgia students and was first presented by the Governor’s Office in Fall 2013. It awards funds to students who meet certain criteria and who are enrolled in certain programs.

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Program Goals

To produce entry level dental assistants that are well prepared for the workforce utilizing a combination of classroom instruction, technology, and hands-on experiences to provide the dental community with graduates that are multi-skilled professionals in the dental clinic and trained to work in specialty areas of dentistry.

Program Length

Dental Assisting occupational courses will be completed in three (3) semesters.

Program Specifics