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Dental Assisting (DEACE)

Award: Certificate of achievement

Program location: South Omaha Campus

This certificate teaches basic knowledge of all facets of dental assisting and develops a strong background in the care and restoration of the oral cavity and a working knowledge of all chairside and laboratory equipment and its care.

This program has special admission requirements. Contact Student Services for more information and to obtain a current admission information packet.

Graduation Requirements

General education

13.5 

Major requirements

68.0

Total credit hours required

81.5

General education requirements (13.5 credit hrs.)

Communications

ENGL 1210Applied Communications

4.5

Social sciences

Select one course from the following:

PSYC 1000Psychology for Everyday Living

4.5

PSYC 1010Introduction to PsychologyONLINEHYBRID

4.5

Quantitative/numeracy skills

Select one course from the following:

Any 1000-level of Mathematics

4.5

MATH 1240Applied Mathematics

4.5

MATH 1310Intermediate AlgebraONLINE

4.5

MATH 1310 or higher should be taken by students seeking the Professional Health Studies option or by students who want a transfer math course.

Major requirements for Dental Assisting (68.0 credit hrs.)

Courses

DENT 1000Introduction to Dental Assisting

2.0

DENT 1020Dental Office Procedures

3.0

DENT 1100Dental Anatomy

4.0

DENT 1120Related Anatomy

2.5

DENT 1140Dental Pathology and Microbiology

2.5

DENT 1160Dental Pharmacology

2.0

DENT 1180Nutrition and Preventive Dentistry

3.0

DENT 1200Dental Materials

5.5

DENT 1230Dental Specialties I

4.0

DENT 1240Dental Specialties II

2.0

DENT 1260Infection Control

3.0

DENT 1280Dental Office Emergencies

2.5

DENT 1310Dental Radiology I

2.5

DENT 1320Dental Radiology II

4.0

DENT 1350Chairside Assisting I

4.0

DENT 1360Chairside Assisting II

4.0

DENT 1370Chairside Assisting III

4.0

DENT 1991Clinical Experience I

2.5

DENT 1992Clinical Experience II

8.0

DENT 1993Clinical Seminar

2.0

EMSP 1000Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Healthcare Providers

1.0

Curriculum Plan

Below is the required sequence of courses for students planning careers in dental assisting, a one year program of full-time study.  Students must pass all courses in the quarter with at least a C or the student is not allowed to continue in the program.   

First Year

First quarter (Fall)

DENT 1000Introduction to Dental Assisting

2.0

DENT 1100Dental Anatomy

4.0

DENT 1120Related Anatomy

2.5

DENT 1140Dental Pathology and Microbiology

2.5

DENT 1260Infection Control

3.0

DENT 1280Dental Office Emergencies

2.5

DENT 1350Chairside Assisting I

4.0

EMSP 1000Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Healthcare Providers

1.0

Total Credit Hours:21.5

Second quarter (Winter)

DENT 1180Nutrition and Preventive Dentistry

3.0

DENT 1200Dental Materials

5.5

DENT 1230Dental Specialties I

4.0

DENT 1310Dental Radiology I

2.5

DENT 1360Chairside Assisting II

4.0

Total Credit Hours:19.0

Third quarter (Spring)

DENT 1160Dental Pharmacology

2.0

DENT 1240Dental Specialties II

2.0

DENT 1320Dental Radiology II

4.0

DENT 1370Chairside Assisting III

4.0

DENT 1991Clinical Experience I

2.5

ENGL 1210Applied Communications

4.5

Mathematics

4.5

Total Credit Hours:23.5

Fourth quarter (Summer)

DENT 1020Dental Office Procedures

3.0

DENT 1992Clinical Experience II

8.0

DENT 1993Clinical Seminar

2.0

Social sciences

4.5

Total Credit Hours:17.5

The dental assisting curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the American Dental Association.

Students who successfully complete the Dental Assisting program can earn the Professional Health Studies degree by fulfilling the additional 24.0 credit hours in general education requirements.