Dental Assistants are multi-skilled dental professionals trained to work in many specialty areas of dentistry, including restorative dentistry and preventive oral health care. Students learn the skills necessary to provide patient education, apply pit and fissure sealants, produce intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs, polish teeth and fillings, assist the dentist, prepare dental materials, and manage dental offices.
Scheduling and Entry Options
The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program is a full-time day program with courses in the major starting in the Fall Semester. Full-time students can complete the program in two semesters and a Summer Term. AHS 102 must be completed prior to starting major courses. General Education courses are offered both day and evening and can be completed at any time before or during the program.
The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.