May 07, 2021  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting, 1-yr Certificate

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Total Program Credits: 49

Total Program Prerequisites: 17-24 credits

Estimated Program Length: One year

Offered by the Health Professions  Division, 541.463.5617

Certificate of Completion Requirements  

Program Coordinator Leslie Greer, Dental Assisting Program and Co-op Coordinator, Bldg. 30, Rm. 226, 541.463.5638,

Dean Grant Matthews

Purpose Prepares graduates for employment in the dental field with emphasis on current concepts and hands-on skills for clinical chairside assisting. Included classes also offer some cross-training and pathways to dental receptionist-bookkeeper.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the Dental Assisting program, all graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to write/edit multiple types of professional communications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill required to accurately expose, develop and mount diagnostic radiographs using multiple systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to compute mixing amounts and calculate formulas utilized in dental procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for business office procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to access information via dental journals and web sites.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to systematically collect diagnostic data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to maintain a professional working environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to provide an aseptic environment and prevent disease transmission.
  • Demonstrate application of principles of ethical reasoning, decision making and professional responsibility.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication and collaborative skills to effectively interact with diverse population groups, health care providers, dental professionals and community groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to perform or assist with a variety of clinical treatments used in all areas of dentistry.

Accreditation Dental Assisting, American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting board recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Commission may be contacted at 800.621.8099 or 312.440.4653 or 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

Licensing & Certification Upon graduation and successful completion of the board exams, students will qualify for the following: Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) - National credential; Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)- Oregon credential Expanded Function Orthodontic Assistant (EFODA) - Oregon credential; Oregon Radiological Proficiency - Oregon X-ray license; additional certificates to place pit and fissure sealants (Oregon), place denture soft relines (Oregon), place gingival retraction cord (Oregon)

Admission Information Contact the Health Professions Division or see Dental Assisting is a concentrated program that requires good reading and study skills. Dexterity for manipulation of small items and good eyesight are also required. Evidence of a physical examination (within the previous nine months), immunizations, eye exam, drug screen and background check must be submitted prior to the start of the program. This program and profession includes possible exposure to blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases. Training is included to minimize risk to students and patients.

Advising For assistance with meeting application or program requirements, contact Kelly Ochoco in Building 30 Room 102, or Allene Gibson in Building 30 Room 101. You can also E-mail with your specific questions.

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Co-op is a required class for students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program. Through Co-op, students spend approximately 24 hours a week during spring term working in a minimum of two different professional dental offices. Co-op field experience offers students the opportunity to gain skills, connect theory and practice, and make contacts for job openings. The required co-op seminar provides instruction on skills and documents needed to find employment.

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Career Pathways Roadmap

Lane County: 75
Statewide: 734

Openings are estimated to increase by 25%.

Lane County hourly average - $19.12; annual average - $39,763
Oregon hourly average - $21.01; annual average - $43,702

Estimated Program Cost 

Books   $600
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $4,317
Differential Fees*   $1,359
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $5,296
Uniforms   $375
  Total Estimated Cost $11,947

*This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program. These fees and other course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

  • All DA courses must be passed with a class average of 75% or higher to remain in the program. (Courses with both a didactic and laboratory/clinical component must have a minimum grade of 75% in BOTH components to qualify as passing.)
  • Some courses have prerequisites. See Courses  
  • If Math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center, then all credits must be completed to meet the math requirement.
  • For DA courses, students must be accepted and enrolled in the Dental Assisting program: The employed dental assistant may be eligible to register for any DA course offered if space permits AND the working assistant meets state credentialing qualifications by contacting the Program Coordinator, Leslie Greer 541.463.5638
  • Although pre-requisite courses are not required to apply, their grades are used for application points and will make the application more competitive. Recommended pre-requisites can also accrue application points.
  • WR 122  / WR 122_H  / WR 123  may also be used to meet the Writing requirement. Contact an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

Program Prerequisites

PREREQUISITES must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP not accepted.

Prerequisite for Admission

Recommended Prerequisites

The following courses are recommended and not required for program entry.

Program Core Courses

CORE courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.

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