Overview

Prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions. Topics include instrument identification, equipment maintenance, tooth structure and oral cavity anatomy, dental anesthesia, sterilization and charting. Also, learn the steps necessary to assist the dentist while providing quality dental care within the community. Overview of tooth charting, restorations, bitewing, bridge implants, pano-graph, and periapical x-ray and the mixing of dental cements are covered as well.

Dental Assistant Program courses taken concurrently include:

  • DNTA.1037 – Introduction to Dental 20 contact hours
  • DNTA.1015 – Chairside Assisting 64 contact hours
  • DNTA.1003 – Registered Dental Assistant Review 16 contact hours
  • DNTA.1060 – Dental Assistant Externship 80 contact hours

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Requirements

Applicants must complete Dental Assistant program application, upload supplemental items and meet all Health Professions Requirements BEFORE they can be admitted into the program and are eligible for registration.

HEALTHCARE PROGRAM IMMUNIZATIONS

  • HEPATITIS B (3 shot series) or positive titer before clinicals/patient contact
  • TUBERCULIN SKIN TEST (TB) -Negative reading within 12 months of course completion date or chest x-ray

ADDITIONAL HEALTHCARE REQUIREMENTS

NOTICE: Certain criminal history may prevent a student from being approved to register for a program or attending clinical/practicum/externship. In some areas it can prohibit student from employment and/or obtaining licensure through the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Students should verify eligibility before applying.

Career Options

Graduates will receive a Weatherford College certificate of completion and be prepared for the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). Students can choose to be a Registered Dental Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), and Surgical Dental Assistant.

According to O-Net
The average hourly wage for Dental Assistants in Texas is
$18.83

Related Programs

Registered Dental Assistants looking to add credentials often obtain their certification for Nitrous Oxide Monitoring by with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners or to further their career and continue their education enroll in a Dental Hygienist program.

Scholarships

Funding assistance through the Workforce Education Grant and Weatherford College Foundation Scholarship for Workforce Education may be available for eligible applicants, until funds are depleted. This program does not qualify for FAFSA.

CONTACT

workforceeducation@wc.edu
Weatherford Campus: 817-598-8870
Wise County Campus: 940-626-3304

Number of Credits

  • 18.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)