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
DAS 1011Dental Assisting Techniques 1
DAS 1020Dental Assisting Clinic 1
DAS 1201Introduction to Dental Terminology and Basic Oral Anatomy 1
DAS 1460Oral Radiography 3
DAS 1511Dental Assisting Concepts 2
DHY 1019Nitrous Oxide Sedation 0.5
DAS 2141Dental Assisting Materials 1
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours10.5
 Total Hours 10.5

Portfolio Course

DAS 1011 — Dental Assisting Techniques
1 Credit hour  

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 1020, DAS 1201, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, DAS 2141, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

DAS 1020 — Dental Assisting Clinic
1 Credit hour  

Provides an opportunity for the student to apply the techniques used in dental assisting during clinic.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1011, DAS 1201, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, DAS 2141, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

DAS 1201 — Introduction to Dental Terminology and Basic Oral Anatomy
1 Credit hour  

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 1011, DAS 1020, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, DAS 2141, 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 2141 — Dental Assisting Materials
1 Credit hour  

Provides an introduction to the composition, chemical and physical properties, and application of dental materials commonly used in the dental office and laboratory as well as essential knowledge for effective communication as part of a dental team.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program
Corequisites: DAS 1011, DAS 1020, DAS 1201, DAS 1460, DAS 1511, DHY 1019, SDE 1010.

Once the student is admitted into the Dental Assisting program, the program admitted students must show completion of the below requirements three weeks prior to start of term:

  1. Complete 16 hours of observation of a dental assistant in a dental office. 
  2. Attend a Spring semester mandatory Dental Assisting comprehensive orientation with the dental hygiene department chairperson.
  3. Provide written results of physical and dental examinations, completion of required laboratory tests and completion of required immunizations. 
  4. Complete the Hepatitis B series of three inoculations or Hepatitis B titre.
  5. Complete the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider) or American Red Cross (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) course. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the Dental Assisting Program.