A dental assistant is an important member of an efficient dental
team, providing valuable service to both the dentist and patient. An
assistant aids and anticipates the needs of a dentist in intra-oral
procedures like general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery,
prosthetic, endodontic, orthodontic, and pediatric dentistry. Other
functions of a dental assistant include: responsibility for the
disinfection and sterilization protocols of the office, lab
procedures such as exposing and processing radiographs, secretarial
and receptionist duties, and instructing patients concerning proper
techniques of preventive dentistry.
Elgin Community College's dental assisting program prepares students
for an active role in dentistry through classroom, laboratory and
clinical experiences. Highly-trained dental professionals teach and
supervise all on and off campus activities.
Clinical experience begins in the third semester of full-time
enrollment and continues for 300 hours in area dental offices.
Students are placed into general practice offices and can select
their specialty office experiences from oral and maxillofacial
surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, or
Graduates are encouraged to take the national examination to become a
certified dental assistant (CDA). Certification is a special
recognition for a high level of professional competence. In addition
to the Clinical Dental Assisting certificate current students and
currently working assistants are eligible take the DEA 113 Special
Projects class for expanded functions training in Coronal Polishing
and Pit & Fissure Sealants.
Prepare for Immediate Employment
Transfer Credits to 4 Year University