Dental Assistant Program
Dental Assistant Program with Externship
Your Pathway to Becoming a Dental Assistant
Prepare for an entry-level position in one of the fastest growing health care fields with a curriculum introducing you to the profession of dentistry. You will learn all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and receive training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in a dental practice. Through lecture and laboratory sessions, you will learn dental procedures and the role of the dental assistant. Skill development includes policies and guidelines, oral and dental anatomy, infection control, dental radiology, instrument identification and use, plus other areas.
Additionally, this program prepares you to sit for three components of the Dental Assisting National Board Exams (DANB) and the National Entry Level Dental Assisting Certification: Radiation Health and Safety Examination (RHS); Infection Control (ICE); and Anatomy, Morphology, and Physiology (AMP) which are the three components of the NELDA certification. The DANB exams are administered at Pearson Vue Centers and are not included as part of the cost of this program. CCP is an approved Pearson Vue testing site. When scheduling the exam appointment through Pearson Vue select CCP as your exam location.
Externship Component: Dental Assistant students who successfully complete the program are eligible to participate in an externship opportunity to gain practical skills assisting within the Dental Hygiene Clinic at Community College of Philadelphia. The externship opportunity will begin in May.
Program Eligibility Requirements: Prospective participants must hold a high school diploma or GED; are required to pass a TABE reading comprehension and math test* (a nonrefundable $30 exam fee is due at the time of the examination); have a general physical examination; a test for Tuberculosis; undergo a criminal background check; complete a child abuse history clearance, and have current CPR certification by a DANB accepted CPR, BLS and ACLS provider that includes a hands-on exam. (Not all CPR courses include the hands-on exam; check with the provider before taking a course to confirm it will be accepted by DANB.)
*Community College of Philadelphia students who are English 101 and Math 118 ready are not required to take the TABE test.
Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start of class. All documentation listed above must be completed and turned into the Corporate Solutions office (Center for Business and Industry, Room C1-9) by the registration deadline.
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