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, 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 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.

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 comple- tion of the one-year program.

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

Dental Assisting Checksheet

Program Course Requirements

General Education Requirement
*ENG 102        Applied Communications II    
     or
ENG 111          Expository Writing                 
ENG 114          Prof. Research & Reporting   
PSY 118           Interpersonal Psychology        
or
PSY 150           General Psychology               

Major Core Courses
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               

Other Major Courses
*BIO 106         Introduction to Anat/Phys/Micro 
CIS 111           Basic PC Literacy
or
*CIS 110         Introduction to Computers 

Other Required Courses
ACA 122          College Transfer Success 

Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 46

*Classes offered at Nash Community College

Degree granted from Martin Community College

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.

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:

    • Lindsay Stokes, Director of Counseling and Disability Services
      242-451-8361,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Office 2001, Bldg. A

    • Sonya Small, Counselor, Career and Job Placement Coordinator
      (252) 451-8261,  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 2007, 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