Dental Assistant CC

Health Sciences Department | C.C. 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 CC Program Information

Dental Assistant CC

Program Structure
Oregon Health Authority rules for students in clinical training
Program Costs
Description and Outcomes

Academic Requirements

Dental Assistant Requirements

Prerequisite requirements for program
Essential functions

Dental Assistant Application Process

Step 01

Review all information provided here on this webpage before completing the application.

Step 02

Meet with a Health Sciences Program Academic Advisor prior to completing the program application.

Step 03

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.

Application Closes: July 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

You will be notified via email by Allied Health Admissions on the status of your application along with next steps in the process by July 20.

Note: Conditionally accepted students will be invited to participate in a mandatory orientation at the Harmony Campus on Aug. 7, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

Step 04

Collect your vaccine records (see advising guide for detailed list). If accepted, you will bring your vaccine records to the mandatory orientation.

Dental Assistant Essay Questions

Dental Assistant Essay Questions

Application Essay Questions and Scoring Rubrics

Dental Assistant Core Requirements

Complete the following Core Requirements
  • DA-101
  • Dental Radiology I
  • 2
  • DA-101L
  • Dental Radiology I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-102
  • Dental Radiology II
  • 2
  • DA-102L
  • Dental Radiology II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-104
  • Clinical Procedures I
  • 2
  • DA-104L
  • Clinical Procedures I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-105
  • Clinical Procedures II
  • 2
  • DA-105L
  • Clinical Procedures II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-106
  • Clinical Procedures III
  • 2
  • DA-106L
  • Clinical Procedures III Lab
  • 1
  • DA-107
  • Dental Materials I
  • 2
  • DA-107L
  • Dental Materials I Lab
  • 1
  • DA-108
  • Dental Materials II
  • 2
  • DA-108L
  • Dental Materials II Lab
  • 1
  • DA-110
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • 1
  • DA-115
  • Dental Science
  • 2
  • DA-120
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • 5
  • DA-125
  • Dental Infection Control
  • 2
  • DA-130
  • Clinical Practicum III
  • 8
  • DA-135
  • Pharmacology/Medical Emergencies
  • 2
  • DA-145
  • Dental Office Procedures
  • 2

Computation Related Instruction

Complete MTH-050 or MTH-065
  • MTH-050
  • Technical Mathematics I
  • 4
  • MTH-065
  • Algebra II
  • 4

Communication Related Instruction

Complete WR-101 or WR-121Z
  • WR-101
  • Workplace Writing
  • 4
  • WR-121Z
  • Composition I
  • 4

Human Relations Related Instruction

Complete PSY-101
  • PSY-101
  • Human Relations
  • 3

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.
Total Credits Required: 54

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