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Courses & Requirements

The Dental Assisting Certificate provides the student with knowledge and practical skills required to perform entry level dental assisting functions competently. Three hundred hours of practical experience is provided in local dental offices to demonstrate the student’s competence in performing dental assisting skills. Students who successfully pass the Certification for Dental Assistants examination sponsored by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. become Certified Dental Assistants. A minimum of 37 credit hours are required to graduate.

Accreditation:

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611, (312) 440-4653.

Additional Admission Criteria:

Admission Criteria can be found on Health Required Forms.

Information Session Dates:

The dates of Nursing Information Sessions can be found on the Health Information Sessions.

CORI/CHRI/SORI:

Students interested in participation in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit www.necc.mass.edu/cori-sori.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/SORI/CHRI process and will receive guidance and counseling through out the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

CPR:

Students are required to be CPR Certified at the Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer level prior to the start of clinical courses.

Drug Screening:

Students enrolled in this academic program may be required to pass a drug screening analysis.

Health:

Students are required to complete a health evaluation, including the Hepatitis B immunization series, prior to final acceptance to the Program.

Student Professional Liability Insurance:

Students are required to carry professional liability insurance. The premium is to be paid at the time of course registration.

Requirements:
Courses Credits Comments
BIO101 Human Biology
OR
BIO122 Anatomy & Physiology II
3

4

Prerequisite for BIO122
DAS101 Dental Assisting I 5 Prerequisite, Corequisite
DAS102 Dental Materials and Procedures 4 Prerequisite, Corequisite
DAS111 Dental Radiology I 3 Prerequisite
DAS120 Dental Science 3 Prerequisite
DAS122 Dental Practice Management 2 Prerequisite
DAS202 Dental Assisting II 4 Prerequisite
DAS212 Dental Radiology II 1 Prerequisite
DAS250 Dental Seminar 1 Prerequisite
DAS290 Dental Assisting Practicum 5 Prerequisite
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3