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Clinical Dental Assisting with In-Person Learning Experience

Earn a Clinical Dental Assisting Degree!

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Clinical Dental Assisting program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to practice advanced expanded functions in clinical dental assisting. The distance education format and frequent enrollment opportunities allow for flexibility in program completion in Arizona. The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Courses must be taken in specific chronological order with clinical experience completed in partnership with a practicing dentist who is a member of the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA). In addition to the AAS in Clinical Dental Assisting, a Certificate of Completion in Clinical Dental Assisting and a Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting Technology are also available.

CIPS Code: 51.0601

Admission Criteria

  • Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting program activities.
  • Complete and submit required MCCCD Non-Academic Allied Health Program Policy documents.
  • Submit current Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Level One fingerprint card AND a supplemental background check.
  • Completion of Program Prerequisites with a "C" or better.
  • Formal application and admission to the Clinical Dental Assisting Program is required.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in the Clinical Dental Assisting program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Associate in Applied Science in Clinical Dental Assisting

Required Courses 24-34.5
Certificate Title Credits
Certificate of Completion in Dental Assisting Technology (24)
Please note: The CCL in Dental Assisting Technology program is designed for partnership students only.
- OR -
Certificate of Completion in Clinical Dental Assisting (34-34.5) 
24-34.5

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
0.5-11
Course # Course Title Credits
BPCxxx Any BPC Business-Personal Computer course
CISxxx Any CIS Computer Information Systems course
HCCxxx Any HCC Health Core Curriculum course 0.5-11

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 22-28
General Education Core 9-15
Course # Course Title Credits
ENG101*


ENG102*
ENG108*
ENG111*
First-Year Composition (3) Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 OR
Met by ENG101 or ENG107 in the Required Courses area
AND
First-Year Composition (3) Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 OR
First Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
Technical and Professional Writing (3)
3-6
Oral Communication
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area. 3
Critical Reading
CRE101* College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
0-3
Mathematics
MAT102*

Mathematical Concepts/Applications OR
Equivalent course OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course.

3
General Education Distribution 13
Humanities and Fine Arts
Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
3
Natural Sciences
BIO156
BIO160
BIO201*
Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
Introduction Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Shared Unique Number Number BIO2201 (4)
4
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
PSY101
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology Shared Unique Number Number PSY1101 (3) AND
Introduction to Sociology Shared Unique Number Number SOC1101 (3)
6
Click any of the above course #'s for detailed information and register for it today! **

Notes

  • The total amount of credits required for this degree is 60
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program
  • * indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
  • xxx indicates any module.

Competencies

CCL in Dental Assisting Technology

  1. Analyze the role of dental team members in the delivery of dental care. (DAE160, DAE162, DAE166, DAE170, HCC130AD)
  2. Identify the roles, traits, characteristics, activities, and benefits of teams within health care organizations. (DAE160, DAE162, DAE166, DAE170, HCC130AD)
  3. Explain components and supportive strategies that assist in effective interpersonal and intercultural communication. (DAE166, DAE172, DAE240, HCC130AD)
  4. Relate the regulation of dental assistants pursuant to state laws and regulations. (DAE166, DAE170, DAE172, DAE240)
  5. Describe the roles of professional and safety organizations associated with dentistry. (DAE166, DAE172, DAE240)
  6. Use effective interpersonal communication skills. (DAE166, DAE172, DAE240, HCC130AD)
  7. Demonstrate effective patient management skills. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172)
  8. Complete dental charts. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE240)
  9. Perform intra and extra oral preliminary dental examinations. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE240)
  10. Perform accepted infection control and safety procedures in compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standards and Hazard Communication Standard. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  11. Identify and describe anatomical structures and stages of development. (DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE240)
  12. Identify and describe histological structures of oral tissues, diseases, and developmental anomalies associated with dentistry. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE240)
  13. Explain the processes of inflammatory, regeneration, and repair of tissues. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE240)
  14. Obtain vital signs and medical/dental history information. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE240)
  15. Demonstrate the ability to assist with medical emergencies in a dental office. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE230, DAE232, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  16. Explain uses, effects, and components of pharmaceutical agents used in dentistry. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE240)
  17. Manipulate, maintain, and explain physical properties of dental materials. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE230, DAE232, DAE240)
  18. Practice taking preliminary impressions, study casts, and occlusal registrations for the purpose of study and working model fabrication. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE230, DAE232, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  19. Operate and maintain dental equipment. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE230, DAE232, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  20. Demonstrate knowledge of radiation health and safety measures. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  21. Demonstrate knowledge of exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs. (DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  22. Produce diagnostically acceptable radiographs using radiation health and safety measures for patients and operators. (DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  23. Prepare dental instrument systems for general procedures. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE230, DAE232, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  24. Perform clinical chairside dental assisting functions in the delivery of general procedures. (DAE166, DAE168, DAE170, DAE172, DAE230, DAE232, DAE240, DAE248, DAE290)
  25. Demonstrate providing patients with oral hygiene instructions and nutritional counseling. (DAE166, DAE230, DAE232)
  26. Explain procedures for one and two rescuer adult, infant, and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). (HCC109)
  27. Perform one and two rescuer adult, infant, and pediatric CPR. (HCC109)

    OR

CCL in Clinical Dental Assisting

  1. Analyze the role of dental team members in the delivery of dental care. (DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  2. Relate the regulation of dental assistants pursuant to state laws and regulations. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156)
  3. Describe the roles of professional and safety organizations associated with dentistry. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156)
  4. Use effective interpersonal communication skills. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  5. Demonstrate effective patient management skills. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
  6. Perform skills within the business practice management systems of a dental practice. (DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  7. Complete dental charts. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  8. Perform intra and extra oral preliminary dental examinations. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
  9. Perform accepted infection control and safety procedures in compliance with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standards and Hazard Communication Standard. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  10. Identify and describe anatomical structures and stages of development. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156)
  11. Identify and describe histological structures of oral tissues, diseases and developmental anomalies associated with dentistry. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
  12. Explain the processes of inflammatory, regeneration and repair of tissues. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
  13. Obtain vital signs and medical/dental history information. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  14. Demonstrate the ability to assist with medical emergencies in a dental office. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156)
  15. Explain uses, effects and components of pharmaceutical agents used in dentistry. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
  16. Manipulate, maintain, and explain physical properties of dental materials. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  17. Practice taking preliminary impressions, study casts, and occlusal registrations for the purpose of study and working model fabrication. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  18. Operate and maintain dental equipment. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  19. Demonstrate knowledge of radiation health and safety measures. (DAE240, DAE112, DAE156, DAE256)
  20. Demonstrate knowledge of exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE156)
  21. Produce diagnostically acceptable radiographs using radiation health and safety measures for patients and operators. (DAE240, DAE290)
  22. Prepare dental instrument systems for general procedures. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  23. Perform clinical chairside dental assisting functions in the delivery of general procedures. (DAE240, DAE290, DAE112, DAE156)
  24. Demonstrate providing patients with oral hygiene instructions and nutritional counseling. (DAE112, DAE156)
  25. Identify and describe clinical chairside expanded dental assisting functions. (DAE285, DAE290, DAE156)
  26. Perform clinical chairside expanded dental assisting functions. (DAE285, DAE290,  DAE156)
  27. Identify and describe specialty dental procedures. (DAE290, DAE212)
  28. Prepare dental instrument systems for specialty procedures. (DAE290, DAE212)
  29. Perform clinical chairside dental assisting functions in the delivery of specialty dental procedures. (DAE290, DAE212)
  30. Analyze procedures and outcomes associated with specialty dental procedures. (DAE290, DAE212)