The Dental Assistant certificate program helps students gain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain employment as a dental assistant in general or specialty practices or public health clinics. Graduates will be prepared to assist during procedures, expose dental radiographs, perform laboratory procedures and perform front office duties. At MCC, students practice clinical procedures in an on-site, state-of-the-art, dental office setting that includes three treatment rooms complete with digital x-ray, electronic patient records and an instrument processing area.
Scholastic Preparation and Admission Process
The Dental Assistant program relies on a selective admission process which uses specific admissions criteria. These criteria are available through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) division office. In order to be eligible for this program, the following prerequisites must be met: eligibility for ENG* 101 and MAT* 109 or higher, and attendance at a Dental Assistant information session held at the college. The admission criteria require that the students are eligible for the equivalent of BIO* 115 , PSY* 111 , and COM* 173 . Interested candidates will be expected to have a history of academic success. Admission to the Dental Assistant program requires a separate application. Complete information on specific criteria for acceptance and the admission process is available from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) division office at 860-512-2704.
Manchester Community College’s thirty-six credit Dental Assistant certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.
The Dental Assistant program curriculum is a combination of science and hands-on/practical courses that may be completed in less than one year. Courses include the study of dental anatomy, radiography, infection control, chairside assisting, dental materials, oral health promotion, and practice management. In addition, students complete 300 hours of clinical practicum at UConn School of Dental Medicine, in dental clinics and private practices to develop competency in procedures that are learned in the classroom and college laboratory. The program prepares students to successfully complete the state-required Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) component of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination.
The program prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination to become nationally “Certified Dental Assistants.” Graduates will successfully complete the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control Exam (ICE) components that are required by the state of Connecticut.
Due to standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit to a criminal background check before beginning their clinical experiences. Manchester Community College cannot be responsible for finding an alternate clinical placement for a student who fails to pass the background check. Students are advised to meet with the Dental Assistant Program Director to discuss degree completion requirements.
A physical examination and current immunizations are required of all students prior to beginning clinical rotations. Students are responsible for parking fees; uniforms; clinical supplies and miscellaneous expenses.