Tuesday – October 21, 2014

 

Dental Assistant
Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program code: 30-508-2


For Information:
414-297-MATC

Overview — Through this one-semester diploma program, students learn and perform a variety of patient care techniques that are done under the supervision of the dentist during examination and treatment of patients. Other duties typically performed by a dental assistant include preparing patients for treatment, exposing and processing radiographs, assisting with dental procedures, and obtaining dental records.


Courses in the curriculum blend both academic and clinical competencies. The student will practice these skills during 128 hours of clinical experience in a dental practice. Attributes that will contribute to your success include a neat and well-groomed appearance, conscientious work habits and good interpersonal skills.


Career Outlook
— Employment opportunities for trained dental assistants are available in private offices, hospitals and clinic settings. The demand for dental services continues to increase. As dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks. For more information, visit the Dental Assisting National Board, www.danb.org or the American Dental Association, www.ada.org.


Program Learning Outcomes
 — Employers will expect program graduates to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism, communication and human relation skills, and ethical/legal practices
  • Relate dental anatomy and terminology to dental procedures
  • Recognize the importance of proper infection control and instrument and equipment sterilization
  • Demonstrate proper techniques for exposing, processing and mounting dental x-ray films
  • Provide patients with oral hygiene instruction
  • Provide the dentist with accurate patient records
  • Prepare treatment rooms for dental procedures
  • Perform expanded duties such as temporary crown fabrication and coronal polishing

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

In addition, one year of high school-level biology or chemistry is helpful for this program. 


Related Programs:
Dental Hygiene
Dental Technician

Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERMS 

Credits

DENHYG-101

Dental Health Safety ‡ (16 weeks)

1

 

DENHYG-113

Dental Materials ‡ (16 weeks)

2

 

DENAST-302

Dental Chairside ‡ 

5

 

DENAST-304

Dental and General Anatomy ‡
(8 weeks)

2

 

DENAST-305

Applied Dental Radiography ‡

2

 

(or) DENHYG-103 Dental Radiography ‡

 


DENAST-306


Dental Assistant — Clinical ‡
(8 weeks)


3

 

DENAST-307

Dental Assistant Professionalism ‡

 


TOTAL CREDITS: 16

 

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.