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Dental Assistant (BP/EP) Diploma

Overview and Award Outcomes

Overview

The Dental Assistant is an important member of a professional health team. As a Dental Assistant, the student will perform many chairside procedures, assist the dentist during patient treatment and complete records. The assistant must also be competent in the knowledge and skill required for business office and laboratory procedures. Upon completion of this program, the dental assistant graduate will be eligible to take the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry’s Licensure Exam and the Dental Assisting National board exams. Passing this exam allows a dental assistant to perform the expanded functions on patients.

Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to work well with others, the desire to be a part of a professional team, manual dexterity, good communication skills, ability to follow direct supervision and to be sensitive to others` needs.

The Dental Assistant program at Hennepin Technical College is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, www.dentalboard.state.mn.us.

The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. 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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

Information is available thru the HTC web site and dental assistant program counselors which state the risks of entering this profession in regards to bloodborne pathogens and disease transmission, including needlesticks.

Prerequisite: Pre-Dental Health Requirements (Hepatitis B vaccine) CPLT1100, COMM2050 or COMM2060, DNTL1121, ENGL2050 or ENGL2121, EMSV1020 or currently certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider or Basic Life Support -- BLS Provider (CPR & AED). Mantoux test completed within first two weeks of entering the program.



Award Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of dental sciences.

Facilitate effective communication with patients and dental team members.

Perform clinical, laboratory and administrative procedures in various dental environments.

Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.

Demonstrate the legal and ethical Minnesota Board of Dentistry statutes.

Career Opportunities

Dental Assistants are employed in private and group practices, government public health clinics, dental sales, insurance companies, educational facilities, and the armed forces.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 42 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
DNTL1000Dental Team/Practice Management

2

DNTL1121Dental Science

4

DNTL1140Dental Materials

3

DNTL1160Preclinical Chairside Assisting

3

DNTL1180Chairside Assisting I

4

DNTL1200Dental Health

2

DNTL1220Chairside Assisting II

4

DNTL1241Dental Radiology

4

DNTL1261Expanded Functions

7

DNTL1305Externship Seminar

1

DNTL1321Clinical Externship I

4

DNTL1325Clinical Externship II

4

General Education Required 7 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

or

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

 

ENGL2050Short Form Composition and Reporting

4

or

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Diploma Credits 49

Semester Sequence

Offered at Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie

Pre-Dental Assistant Requirements

All Pre-Dental courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
Score of 70% on Computer Literacy Basic Test

or

CPLT1100Computer Essentials in the Digital World

3

EMSV1020CPR/First Aid

1

or

Current CPR for Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer

COMM2050Interpersonal Communication

3

or

COMM2060Small Group Communication

3

DNTL1121Dental Science

4

(may be repeated only once)

ENGL2050Short Form Composition and Reporting

4

or

ENGL2121Writing and Research

4

Total Credits  11

Students are required to complete the following prior to program application:

* Hepatitis B Vaccination (2 vaccinations of a series of 3 must be completed)

* Tetanus vaccination (TDAP) (within last 10 yrs)

* High School Diploma or GED Required

REQUIRED within two weeks after beginning the program:

* Mantoux (PPD Test)

* Background study through the MN Department of Human Services, 651-431-2000.  Contact DHS with questions.

First Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
DNTL1000Dental Team/Practice Management

2

DNTL1140Dental Materials

3

DNTL1160Preclinical Chairside Assisting

3

DNTL1180Chairside Assisting I

4

DNTL1241Dental Radiology

4

Total Credits  16

Second Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
DNTL1200Dental Health

2

DNTL1220Chairside Assisting II

4

DNTL1261Expanded Functions

7

Total Credits  13

Summer Semester

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
DNTL1305Externship Seminar

1

DNTL1321Clinical Externship I

4

DNTL1325Clinical Externship II

4

Total Credits  9

General Information

• The Dental Assistant program at Hennepin Technical College is approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, www.dentalboard.state.mn.us.

• The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of Approval without Reporting Requirements. 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 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda.

• All Dental Assistant students must earn a C or better in all DNTL (Dental Assistant) courses to continue in the Dental program.  In the event that a student earns a D, F or W grade in a DNTL course, the student may repeat that course only one time the next semester that the course is offered.

• Current certification in CPR is mandatory throughout the entire program, including externship.  Proof of current CPR certification is also required in order to take the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) examination.

• Students who have earned their Dental Assisting diploma or degree are eligible to take the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) and the Minnesota State Licensure Exam.  Successful completion of the Minnesota State Licensure Exam allows the individual to practice as a Licensed Dental Assistant (LDA).

• A written notification is required from a physician/obstetrician for a pregnant student to continue enrollment in DNTL1241 Dental Radiology, DNTL1261 Expanded Functions, DNTL1321 Clinical Externship I, and DNTL1325 Clinical Externship II.

• Information is available on the HTC website and from dental assistant program counselors which state the risks of entering this profession in regard to bloodborne pathogens and disease transmission, including needlesticks.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Criminal Background Studies

Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with children, patients, and residents at a health or child care facility licensed by the State of Minnesota must have a background study conducted by the state.  Individuals with specified felony convictions are prohibited from having direct contact with children, patients, and residents of licensed facilities.  Anyone refusing to cooperate in the criminal background study cannot participate in coursework that requires direct contact with children, patients or residents.  Students who are disqualified from having direct patient/resident/child contact will not be able to participate in coursework which includes a practical experience.  Therefore, completion of coursework for the program major will not be possible without documentation of a cleared background study.

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Additional Program Costs

Books - $450

Program Kit (Typondonts) - $890

Scrub uniforms, lab coat, white shoes - $125

Membership in ADAA and Liability Insurance - $45

Student name tag - $10

MN Jurisprudence Exam - $60

MN Licensure Exam (DASLE) - $70

Board of Dentistry Application - $123

Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) - $425

Approx. Total for Additional Program Costs - $2,193

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits

Graduation (49 Credits)

Semester listings reflect the recommended sequence.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the information herein is subject to change without notice.  7/12/2018:BP 7610/EP 7611