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Associate - Dental Assisting

Are you seeking an education that could help prepare you to pursue an entry-level career in the dental field? If so, then ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program could help you reach your professional goal. Continue reading for more information about this associate's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of ECPI University's campus-based Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program combines classroom instruction, seminars, lab exercises, and clinical rotations to help you learn about dental procedures and processes. Through instruction and hands-on experiences, you will have the opportunity to learn how to set up dental trays, use dental equipment, prepare amalgam and restorative materials, take impressions, make dental molds, and take oral X-rays. Other topics designed to be addressed in core courses include dental anatomy, medical terminology, dental front office procedures, and oral health concerns and symptoms. Clinical rotations and seminars could teach you about state laws and help you prepare for certification exams while providing you with the opportunity to work alongside dentists in actual clinical settings.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have already earned your high school diploma or GED before applying to ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program. Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills could be helpful.

What Are the Course Requirements?

ECPI University will require that you complete 64 credits to earn the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. You must take 36 credits in the core curriculum, 21 credits in arts and sciences coursework, and seven credits in self-integration courses. You could complete this program in 1.5 years.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
DEN 100 Dental Anatomy
DEN 105 Introduction to Dental Assisting
DEN 110 Dental Fundamentals
DEN 120 Clinical Science
DEN 125 Community Health
DEN 200 Dental Chairside Assisting
DEN 200L Dental Chairside Assisting Lab
DEN 205 Dental Materials
DEN 205L Dental Materials Lab
DEN 210 Dental Radiology
DEN 210L Dental Radiology Lab
DEN 215 Clinical Dental Procedures
DEN 215L Clinical Dental Procedures Lab
DEN 220 Dental Practice Management
DEN 225 Clinical Rotation I
DEN 225S Seminar I
DEN 230 Clinical Rotation II
DEN 230S Seminar II
MED 104 Medical Terminology

Arts and Sciences Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
BIO 101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
COM 110 Principles of Speech
ENG 110 English Composition
HUM 205 Culture and Diversity
MTH 205 College Mathematics
PSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

Course CodeCourse Title
COR 191 Career Orientation
FOR 110 Essentials for Success
IST 120 Computer Applications

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting program, you could begin applying to jobs as a dental assistant in various professional settings. You might work in private dental offices, community health centers, clinics, dental supply manufacturing companies, or dental labs. You will typically need to complete state certification requirements before beginning in this field.

Advanced Degrees

ECPI University's Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting could be considered a terminal degree for those interested in this profession. If you intend to continue your studies after graduating from this program, you might consider the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.