LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas: • List the core elements of the dental profession • Define oral anatomy and physiology • Recognize the steps for prevention of dental diseases • Recall strategies for infection prevention in the dental office • Identify the steps for completing dental assisting procedures DESCRIPTION: A Dental Assistant assists with oral surgery, preparing tools and sterilizing equipment, and often helps record observations and results of the surgery. Dental assistants are in extremely high demand, and their profession is growing at a rate of 18% per year. The 2016 median income for a dental assistant was $35,000 per year. What’s in this program? This program will give you standards to follow and a familiarity with the tools and procedures in a dental office. This Dental Assistant program covers the history of dentistry, legal aspects of dentistry, oral anatomy, dental operatory, and dental equipment. In this program, you will be introduced to tooth structure including primary and permanent teeth. This program features a family care specialization that advances students skills by providing knowledge in working with small children up to elderly patients. Included Certifications! Included in the program tuition is the Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Certification exam and Infection Control Exam (ICE) Certification exam. In many states the DANB-RHS Certification is required to work in dental radiography. Program also includes an optional clinical externship at a local healthcare provider! Summary: With just 6 months of study, you can be ready for a job as a dental assistant. The demand for dental assistants is growing faster than most other professions. NOTE: Some states have their own regulations about dental assistants. Some states require additional training to work in dental radiograph. Prior to enrollment check with your admissions advisor to confirm your state’s requirements or check your state’s requirements at the below link: http://www.dalefoundation.org/Resources-And-State-Requirements/State-Dental-Assistant-Requirements CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion of this program students will be prepared to sit for the included certification exams. The DANB’s RHS exam is a component exam of both the NELDA and CDA certifications. The DANB’s ICE exam is a component exam of NELDA, CDA and COA certifications. There are no eligibility requirements for taking the RHS or ICE exams, so you can take them at any time. Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.