Dental Assisting Certificate

Denise Bowers, RDH, PhD, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8385
Email: bowers.d@RhodesState.edu
Office: 122 Cook Hall

The Dental Assisting certificate program is designed for persons interested in working as basic qualified dental personnel or dental assistants. Students will gain knowledge and skills such as taking x-rays, record keeping, scheduling appointments, and an introduction to working with dental materials. Those who successfully complete the curriculum will be competent in technical, interpersonal, and management skills expected of a Dental Assistant. 

First Year
First SemesterHours
BHS 1310CPR 0.5
DAS 1010Dental Assisting Techniques 2
DAS 1200Introduction to Dental Terminology and Basic Oral Anatomy 2
DAS 1511Dental Assisting Concepts 2
DAS 2140Dental Assisting Materials 2
DHY 1019Nitrous Oxide Sedation 0.5
DAS 1460Oral Radiography 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours13
 Total Hours 13

 Portfolio

DAS 1010 — Dental Assisting Techniques
2 Credit hours  

Introduces the clinical application of procedures and techniques utilized in dental assisting. Emphasis is placed on infection control, documentation, and medical/dental emergencies.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1200, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, DAS 2140, BHS 1310, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

DAS 1200 — Introduction to Dental Terminology and Basic Oral Anatomy
2 Credit hours  

Provides an introduction to dental terminology and basic oral anatomy with emphasis on dental nomenclature and dental anatomy.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1010, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, DAS 2140, BHS 1310, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

DAS 1460 — Oral Radiography
3 Credit hours  

Provides a study of the concepts of radiobiologic imaging including components of the x-ray machine, x-ray production, and attenuation. Instruction on and practice with exposing, processing, mounting, assessing, interpreting, and duplicating extraoral and intraoral radiographs with emphasis on the parallel technique is incorporated into this course. Principles of radiation safety and protection in conjunction with quality assurance are stressed.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1010, DAS 1200, DAS 1511, DAS 2140, BHS 1310, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

DAS 1511 — Dental Assisting Concepts
2 Credit hours  

Provides an introduction to the concepts, duties, and techniques related to dental assisting.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1010, DAS 1200, DAS 1460, DAS 2140 BHS 1310, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

DAS 2140 — Dental Assisting Materials
2 Credit hours  

Provides an introduction to the composition, chemical and physical properties, and application of dental materials commonly used in the dental office and laboratory. This knowledge is essential if the student is to communicate properly with other members of the dental team.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1010, DAS 1200, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, BHS 1310, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.