Dental Assistant CC
Health Sciences Department | 3 CC - Certificate of Completion | 1 year
Earn a Dental Assistant certificate at Clackamas Community College and prepare for an exciting health care career in an in-demand role.
Dental assistants are essential team members in the dental office. Working closely with the dentist, hygienist and administrative staff, dental assistants use their skills to deliver quality oral care to diverse patient populations and to increase efficiency in the office.
Dental assistants work chairside with the dentist, in the business office and in the dental laboratory. Duties may include:
- Instrument and operatory infection control
- Preparation of instrument trays
- Instructing patients on proper oral hygiene and post-treatment care
- Maintenance of dental practice records and supplies
- Exposing and processing of dental radiographs if the assistant is certified to do so
- Scheduling appointments
Students will have the opportunity to obtain the following certificates by passing the following and meeting required Radiological Proficiency (RHS) and Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) exams: Radiological Proficiency (RHS), Infection Control Exam (ICE) and Oregon Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA).
Dental Assistant information session
A hybrid information session for the Dental Assistant program will be held from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom and in-person on the Harmony Campus. If you are able to attend, please register. Applications are open from March 1-July 1.
Dental Assistant Requirements
Dental Assistant Application Process
Review all information provided here on this webpage before completing the application.
Meet with a Health Sciences Program Academic Advisor prior to completing the program application.
- Tracy Pantano-Rumsey: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phil Reid: email@example.com
Answer all of the questions on the application including the essays (see pages three and four of the advising guide and below for more details) and submit the application form. You will type your responses for the two essay questions directly into the application. See the scoring rubric below for more details.
The application deadline for fall term is July 1, 2023.
Students who successfully gain admission to the program will be notified by July 20, 2023 and invited to attend an in-person orientation on the Harmony Campus scheduled to take place August 7, 2023.
Send your unofficial transcripts or Clackamas Community College (P.A.S.S.) placement test scores for prerequisites (Math, Writing) via email to:
Note: make sure to indicate the program you are applying for in the email subject line: "DA Pre-requisite Courses Transcript Check".
Dental Assistant Essay Questions
Dental Assistant Essay Questions
Dental Assistant Core Requirements
Complete the following Core Requirements
- Dental Radiology I
- Dental Radiology I Lab
- Dental Radiology II
- Dental Radiology II Lab
- Clinical Procedures I
- Clinical Procedures I Lab
- Clinical Procedures II
- Clinical Procedures II Lab
- Clinical Procedures III
- Clinical Procedures III Lab
- Dental Materials I
- Dental Materials I Lab
- Dental Materials II
- Dental Materials II Lab
- Clinical Practicum I
- Dental Science
- Clinical Practicum II
- Dental Infection Control
- Clinical Practicum III
- Pharmacology/Medical Emergencies
- Dental Office Procedures
Computation Related Instruction
Complete MTH-050 or MTH-065
- Technical Mathematics I
- Algebra II
Communication Related Instruction
Complete WR-101 or WR-121
- Communication Skills: Occupational Writing
- English Composition
Human Relations Related Instruction
- Human Relations
Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order. Core curriculum is intended to be completed over three consecutive terms.
Current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider (provider level CPR) and First Aid (AHA Heartsaver) certification are required during practicums. All DA students will be required to complete a criminal history background, provide proof of immunization, and students will be asked to take a drug test as arranged by the department.
Dental lab schedules (am/pm) are based on lottery. Information will be provided at orientation.
Note: Students must achieve a C or higher grade in all required courses prior to advancing to the next term.
About Career Explorations
CONTACT OUR HEALTH SCIENCES DEPARTMENT
7738 SE Harmony Road
Milwaukie, OR 97222