Award Type: AAS
The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Dental Assisting prepares students to perform a variety of skills including but not limited to exposing x-rays, assisting the dentist in a broad scope of dental procedures, perform laboratory and office management functions, coronal polishing and other expanded duties, and educating patients. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 1900, Chicago, IL 60611-2637; (312) 440-4653). Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900, Michigan, IL 60611, 800.367.3262 or 312.642.3368) Certification Exams for the designation CDA (Certified Dental Assistant), the Arizona State Certification in Radiation Health and Safety, and the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP).
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses within the program.
A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required. Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities. Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the program. Complete and submit the required proof of immunity and health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider. Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results. Completion of program prerequisites with a grade of C or better. Submit unofficial copies of transcripts. Formal application and admission to the program is required.
Background Check Requirements Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.