Dental Assisting     (2011-2012)

The Foothill College Dental Assisting Program is an intensive 10-month sequence of instruction. Students who complete the program successfully will qualify for the Registered Dental Assisting Examination of the State of California and the Dental Assisting National Board exam. The program offers a combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical courses in general & specialty dental practices. Students will also acquire valuable certification in coronal polishing, dental x-ray, pit and fissure sealants as part of the program curriculum. Students who graduate from the program are in high demand and have many different types of job opportunities available upon completion of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes
• Graduates will demonstrate entry-level competency skills mandated by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the Dental Board of California.
• Graduates will value and implement proper radiation safety for patients, self, and others.
Career Opportunities
Graduates of the program can have direct patient interaction by working as a chairside dental assistant in a general practice dental office, or in any of the other specialty practices including periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics (children’s dentistry), endodontics, & prosthodontics. In addition dental assistants can work in the front office as a receptionist and/or office manager. Other job opportunities include public health educator or administrator, sales representative, continuing education coordinator, and consultant.
Units required for Major: 90
Units required for Certificate: 44

Associate Degree Requirements:
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108, 17 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• All Foothill General Education requirements (30 Units)
• Core courses (44 Units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core and support courses for the degree or certificates. All courses must be passed with a grade "C" or higher.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
• High school diploma or equivalent.
• A GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Applications are available year-round at The earlier an application is submitted, the earlier a student can be screened for Fall admission into the program. Complete applications on file before June 15th, for the incoming Fall class, will have priority. Students can continue to apply after June 15th, and will be notified if there are openings in the program.

• Transcripts: One official copy of the high school transcript; and one official copy college transcripts (for all colleges attended), are required for all applicants.

Program application: Kerry West (650)949-7538 September to July. Program information can be found at the Dental Assisting Program website:
Counseling: Please contact the Counseling appointment desk at: to make an appointment.

NOTE: Physical examinations and immunizations are required for clinical internships. Background screening including possible felony convictions, social security number verification, and drug testing may be required by clinical facilities. Positive results could impact a student's chances of attending clinics, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, background screenings and drug tests will be paid by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details.

Core Courses: (44 units)
Fall Quarter
D A 50 Orientation to Dental Assisting (2.5 Units)
D A 51A Introduction to Chairside Dental Assisting (5.5 Units)
D A 62A Dental Sciences I (2 Units)
D A 53A Introduction to Radiography I (3 Units)
D A 58 Specialty Practice Procedures (1 Unit)
D A 71 Infection Control & Hazardous Waste Management (1.5 Units)

Winter Quarter
D A 51B Intermediate Clinical Dental Assisting (2 Units)
D A 57 Office Emergency Procedures (2 Units)
D A 62B Dental Sciences II (2 Units)
D A 53B Dental Radiography II (2 Units)
D A 56 Dental Health Education (1 Unit)
D A 60A Dental Office Business Practices I (2 Units)
D A 73 Dental Assisting Supervised Clinic (2 Units)

Spring Quarter
D A 51C Advance Dental Assisting Skills (3 Units)
D A 53C Dental Radiography III (1 Unit)
D A 62C Dental Sciences III (2 Units)
D A 60B Dental Office Business Practices II (3 Units)
D A 63 Special Patient Populations (1 Unit)
D A 74 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice (2 Units)
D A 85 RDA Review (2 Unit)
D A 88 Pit & Fissure Sealants (1.5 units)

General Certificate information
Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting (44 units)
Transcriptable: Yes

Certificate Requirements
This certificate is awarded upon completion of the core courses (general education courses are not required) and the following:
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (Health Care Provider, American Heart Association
• Eligibility for ENGL 110 (or equivalent) or ESLL 25 (or equivalent).

Academic Year: 2011-2012

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2011-10-26 14:28:51

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