Dental Assisting - D45240

Instructional Service Agreement with Martin Community College

Program Description:

The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chair side and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

Dental Assisting Checksheet

Program Course Requirements

English Requirement (3-6 credit hours)
*ENG 102        Applied Communications II    
ENG 111          Expository Writing                 
ENG 114          Prof. Research & Reporting   
*ENG 115        Oral Communication             

General Education Requirement (9-10 credit hours)
ACA 115          Success & Study Skills            

CIS 110           Introduction to Computers    
*CIS 111          Basic PC Literacy                   

*BIO 106         Intro. to Anat/Phy/Micro  

PSY 118           Interpersonal Psychology       
PSY 150           General Psychology          

Major Core Courses and Hour Requirements offered at Martin Community College:                                                                       

*DEN 110        Basic Orofacial Anatomy       

*DEN 101        Preclinical Procedures                       

*DEN 102        Dental Materials                    

*DEN 103        Dental Sciences                      

*DEN 104        Dental Health Education        

*DEN 105        Practice Management                       

*DEN 106        Clinical Practice I                   

*DEN 107        Clinical Practice II                  

*DEN 111        Infection/Hazard Control       

*DEN 112        Dental Radiography               



 *Courses with an asterisk (*) are not offered at Nash Community College and must be taken at Martin CC.

Program Information

The Program is a full-time curriculum with entry in the fall semester only. Students should complete the program in three consecutive semesters. A diploma is granted upon completion of the one-year program.

Students entering clinical externships (usually in their last two semesters) may be required by the clinical site to provide a criminal background check and a drug screening test before or during each rotation. A criminal history or positive drug screen may preclude the student from being placed for clinical rotation and therefore prevent the student from finishing the degree or diploma. A positive drug screen during the rotation will result in a failing grade for that clinical and will prevent the student from continuing in the program.

NOTE: The Dental Assisting Diploma Program uses clock/credit hour conversion for awarding Financial Aid.

Applicant Information for Dental Assisting:

The Dental Assisting Diploma program is a collaborative agreement between Martin Community College and Nash Community College.  Students are welcome to apply to Nash CC to complete the general education classes before transferring to Martin CC to gain acceptance into the program.  Nash is allowed two seats into Martin’s program annually.  To be considered for one of these two seats, the student must have met the minimum requirements for the program (as defined below) and let Nash CC Admissions know their intentions.

Students desiring to transfer and apply to the dental assisting program at Martin Community College must do the following by the application deadline of March 15 of the year of transfer:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission to Martin Community College.
  • Submit official copies of all college and high school transcripts or GED scores. 
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Complete or place out of Reading / English Skills - DRE 098 & Math - DMA 030
  • Complete and submit a Student Medical Form for North Carolina Community College System Institutions (available in the Registrar’s office at Martin and as part of the Dental Assisting packet).
  • Applicants with a completed file will be contacted for an interview.
  • For questions about classes offered at Nash Community College, please contact:
    • Jim Hartsell, Senior Counselor / ADA Officer
      242-451-8260   -   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    - Office 2002, Bldg. A
  • Yalana Orr, Counselor / Recruiter
    252-451-8394 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Office 2003, Bldg. A
    • Lindsay Stokes, Counselor / Service Learning
      252-451-8361 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Office 2001, Bldg. A
  • For questions about classes offered at Martin Community College, please contact:          
    • Susan Cutler, Advisor
      252-792-1521 Ext. 239   –   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   -  Building 4, Room 29 at Martin CC