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DENTAL ASSISTING Diploma Program Description

Major Code: DA12

The Dental Assisting accredited program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in todayâ€&#x;s dental offices. The Dental Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of dental assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Dental Assisting diploma and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS * Must be 18 years of age * Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply * Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math * Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete all required courses to graduate.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information on policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens.

COURSE OUTLINE Curriculum Credits Basic Skills (General Core) Courses



3 3 3

1010 1012 1010

Fundamental s of English I Foundations of Mathematics Basic Psychology

Essential Fundamental Occupational Courses ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers DENA 1010 Basic Human Biology DENA 1030 Preventive Dentistry DENA 1050 Microbiology and Infection Control DENA 1070 Oral Pathology and Therapeutics DENA 1080 Dental Biology DENA 1090 Dental Assisting National Board Examination Preparation DENA 1340 Dental Assisting I: General Chairside DENA 1350 Dental Assisting II: Dental Specialties and EFDA Skills DENA 1390 Dental Radiology DENA 1400 Dental Practice Management DENA 1460 Dental Practicum I DENA 1470 Dental Practicum II DENA 1480 Dental Practicum III

47 3 3 1 2 2 2 5 2 6 7 4 3 1 1 5

Minimum Semester-hour Credits Required for Graduation 56 Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms 4 Estimated Program Cost $6,354 Accrediting Agency: American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, 1-800-621-8099 or 312-440-4653 and of the program are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting Certification exam.


Atlanta Technical College Catalog 2012-2013