Clinical Dental Assisting

Program Description

Catalog Year: 2019

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 May and continues for 300 hours in area dental offices. Students are placed in two general practice offices and, in addition, can select their specialty office from among oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry or endodontic practices. Graduates 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.

Program Requirements

DEA Office Aide Required Courses : DEA Ofc Aide Req Crs

  • DEA-101 - Dental Assisting I
  • DEA-103 - Dental Materials I
  • DEA-106 - Dental Aseptic Techniques
  • DEA-108 - Chairside Dental Assisting I
  • CMS-101 - Fundamentals of Speech

DEA Preclinical Required Courses : DEA Preclin Req Crss

  • DEA-107 - Dental Radiography
  • DEA-111 - Dental Assisting II
  • DEA-118 - Dental Materials II
  • DEA-119 - Dental Records and Communications
  • DEA-120 - Chairside Dental Assisting II

Clinical Dental Assisting Required Courses : Clinical DEA Req Crs

  • DEA-123 - Clinical Practice I
  • DEA-124 - Clinical Practice II

Clinical Dental Assisting Required Courses : Communications Req

Take 1 course from:
  • BUS-101 - Business Communications
  • ENG-101 - English Composition I