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2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting, 1-yr Certificate

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Length: One year, 49 credits

Program Prerequisites: 18-24 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $13,259

  • Books - $600
  • Certifications, Exams, Physicals, Equipment/Supply - $4,317
  • Differential Fees - $1,393
  • Uniforms - $375
  • Resident Tuition and General Student Fees - $6,607

Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year’s rates. Course tuition and fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at www.lanecc.edu/esfs/credit-tuition. *This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this program is to prepare 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.

Students who complete this program 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.

Admission Information

Contact the Health Professions Division or see lanecc.edu/hp/dental/dental-assisting. 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.

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

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

Prerequisites for Admission

Writing (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:
Prior bachelor’s degree, verified by transcript from US accredited institution or higher, may be used to meet the Writing requirement.

Math (4 credits) -  Complete the following:

Human Relations (3-4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Computer Literacy (4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Human Body Systems - Complete one of the following sequences:

Recommended Prerequisites

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

Program Core Courses

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

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education and Seminar must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. Complete  6 credits of Cooperative Education.


  • This program follows Certificate of Completion Requirements  unless otherwise specified.
  • 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.)
  • 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 prerequisite 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.
  • Cooperative Education (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.

Licensing and 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).


Accredited by the 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. This accreditation allows for credentialing via Pathway I through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

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