Dental Assisting

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Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting Curriculum prepares individual to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair-side and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with detailed knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Upon graduation, graduates will be classified as a Dental Assistant II (DAII).  A Dental Assistant II, as defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, can per- form all legal expanded functions prescribed by a NC licensed dentist. Some of the many expanded functions a DA II can legally perform are: apply sealants, insert matrix bands and wedges, place cavity bases and liners, place and/or remove rubber dams, place and remove temporary restorations, take wax bites, remove sutures, expose radiographs, and perform coronal polish. (Further listing of DA II expanded functions can be found on NC State Board of Dental Examiners website www.ncdentalboard.org.)

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants (CDA).

CODA Accreditation

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA), 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 1-800-621-8099. www.ada.org

Employment Opportunities

Upon completion graduates may seek employment in private general practices, public health clinics, specialty practices, hospital dental clinics and other related areas.

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment information is required  to  be  disseminated  to  current  and future students for selected programs due to federal regulations. Additional in- formation regarding the regulation can be found on the College’s website: www.alamancecc.edu/about-acc-site/gainful-employment-program-disclosures/ or at the following U.S. Department of Labor website: www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319091.htm.

Admission – Dental Assisting Program

Dental Assisting is a limited enrollment program, which means students must compete for a seat in the program.  There are specific admission criteria, a separate admission (clinical) application, and ranking process that is used to determine who will be admitted to the program.  The details of these requirements and processes are covered in the mandatory Dental Assisting Information Session.  Students who are admitted to the Dental Assisting program must be full-time students and follow the semester-by-semester curriculum plan.  

Mandatory Dental Assisting Information Session

Students who are interested in the Dental Assisting Program are required to attend a Dental Assisting Information Session prior to registering for classes.  Students will learn about the general college admission requirements and the requirements to compete for a seat in the Dental Assisting program, which will include the details of the selective/ranking process. Please visit this page to view Session dates and to reserve your seat.

Pre-Dental Assisting

Students are admitted under the Associate in General Education Degree until they have met admissions requirements and are ready to apply and compete for a seat in the Dental Assisting program. Faculty members advise students as to the courses they need to take to meet the requirements for the program and to be competitive in the selection process. All developmental requirements may need to be completed before registering for some courses.

Admission – Pre-Dental Assisting

The following requirements must be completed to be admitted as a Pre-Dental student:

  • ACC Admission Application
  • High School Transcript or equivalent
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary education
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on previous college work
  • Placement Testing or approved waiver
  • Attend Mandatory Dental Assisting Information Session

Phase I–General Admission

Spaces in the Dental Assisting program are limited. It is a selective program where students compete academically for a seat in the program. To be considered, a student must first complete the admission steps listed below.

  • Complete an ACC Admission application
  • High School Transcript or equivalent
  • Official transcripts of all post secondary education
  • Minimum GPA of 0 on previous college work
  • Attend a mandatory Dental Assisting information session. Refer to the Dental Assisting page on the ACC College website to reserve a

Students who are admitted to the Dental Assisting program must follow the semester-by-semester curriculum plan. Reference the day and evening curriculum plans  on the following pages. After attending the mandatory Dental Assisting information session, students will meet with a Health Science Advisor for their initial advising appointment to review the admission requirements and to develop an academic plan. For more specifics on admissions criteria contact the department head or the Student Success office.

Phase II–Ranking/Selective Process

In order to academically compete for a seat in the Dental Assisting program, a student must complete the Dental Assisting Selective Admission Application. This application will be made available at the front desk in the Admissions Office after November 1 for the January 31 Dental Assisting application deadline. All minimum requirements listed in Phase I must be successfully completed before a student can apply and compete for a seat in the program. The details of this process and the criteria used to rank a student will be covered in detail at the mandatory Dental Assisting information session.

Please note that high school students seeking admission must meet the same criteria as a non-high school student.

Dental Assisting Clinical Application (January 29, 2021 deadline) 

Progression/Readmission

Specific progressions and re-admission criteria are in the Dental Assisting Program handbook that will be given to students upon entry into the program. For questions contact the department head or admissions coordinator. Students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” and satisfactory completion of all skills to remain in the program.

Clinical sites may require a criminal records check, drug testing or other requirements before students are allowed to participate at their facility.

Technical Standards

Students entering the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the admissions office and in the program handbook.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

*Core major courses or any course with a DEN prefix can only be taken by students currently enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program.

Dental Assisting (Evening Option)

Students admitted in the evening option are subject to the same admission and progression criteria as a day schedule student. This seven-semester option is part time and flexible, but students MUST be able to take the required clinical rotation courses (semesters 6 and 7) during daytime hours.

Dental Assisting Third Party Comments (PDF)