Dental Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare Services
  • Program Code: 30-508-2
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Program

Description

This program prepares students to perform a variety of patient care responsibilities while under the direction and supervision of a dentist during the examination and treatment of patients. Coursework includes academic and clinical competencies, and students will have clinical experience in a dental practice. Students have the option of completing the program in one or two semesters.

Courses in the curriculum blend both academic and clinical competencies. Students have the option of completing the program in one or two semesters.

Students will practice these skills during their clinical experience in a dental practice. Attributes that will contribute to success include a neat and well-groomed appearance, conscientious work habits and good interpersonal skills.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities for trained dental assistants are plentiful in private offices, hospitals and clinic settings. As dentists’ workloads increase, they are expected to hire more assistants to perform routine tasks.


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Dental Assistant

Attain the skills required to assist with dental procedures under the supervision of a dentist. You will learn a variety of patient care techniques that are performed under the supervision of the dentist during examination and treatment of patients.

Detailed Program Information

Curriculum

Sixteen-Week and Eight-Week Terms
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

COURSES

Credits

 
(1)

DENHYG-101

Dental Health Safety (16 weeks)

1

 

(1)

DENHYG-113

Dental Materials (16 weeks)

2

 

(1)

DENAST-302

Dental Chairside

5

 

(1)

DENAST-304

Dental and General Anatomy  (8 weeks)

2

 

(1)

DENAST-305

Applied Dental Radiography

2

 

    (or) DENHYG-103 Dental Radiography  
 
(1)

DENAST-306

Dental Assistant — Clinical  (8 weeks)

3

 

(1)

DENAST-307

Dental Assistant Professionalism

1

 

 


TOTAL CREDITS: 16

 

 


Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Perform a variety of entry-level supportive dental procedures
  • Manage infection and hazard control
  • Produce diagnostic radiographs
  • Perform basic dental laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethics and appearance

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 Assistants Association, www.adaausa.org.

Possible Careers

Dental Assistant (CDA)
Orthodontic Assistant
Sterilization Assistant

Admission Requirements

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 suggested for this program.

Scholarships

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Learn about Scholarships available for this program here: https://matc.academicworks.com
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Downtown Milwaukee Campus: 414-297-MATC

Last updated: 02/27/2020