ECC prepares students for an active role in their choice of dental assisting specialty through classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Highly trained dental professionals teach and supervise all on and off campus activities.
A clinical dental assistant works chairside, anticipating the needs of a dentist in intra-oral procedures like general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthetic, endodontic, orthodontic and pediatric dentistry. They also instruct patients concerning proper techniques of preventive dentistry. Students who graduate with the clinical certificate may take an examination to become a certified dental assistant (CDA). While it is not required for employment, certification is a special recognition for a high level of professional competence.
Dental assisting certificates in dental office aide and preclinical dental assisting lead to working credentials in only 16 weeks and offer built-in career ladders to the longer-term clinical dental assisting certificate.
Note: Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.
All candidates must submit the following to the ECC Records Office:
- Apply with ECC - how to apply»
- Pay health professions application fee - get details»
- Complete and submit health professions application
- Official high school transcript or GED certificate
- Official college transcripts
- Score in the 12th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam
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