What is 'Dental Assisting? (dent)'
A dental assistant takes on significant responsibility as a member of the dental healthcare team, as they greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of qauliaty oral health care.
The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. Some specific tasks dental assistants may perform include:
- assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures,
- taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays),
- coronal polish,
- asking about the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse,
- serving as an infection control officer,
- developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment,
- helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment,
- providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling),
- teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling),
- taking impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth),
- performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer,
- communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies), and
- assisting with and helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, oral surgery, endodontics and prosthodontics.
Why Choose Metro?
- Metro’s Dental Assisting Program was the 1st Dental Assisting Program in Nebraska, and was established by the dental community.
- Small class sizes to assure each student gets the help they need.
- An experienced Dental Assisting Faculty with over 65 years of combined experience.
- The Dental Assisting curriculum is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the American Dental Association.
- Graduates are X-Ray and Coronal Polish Certified in the state of Nebraska.
- Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant.
- All Dental Assisting classes are conducted on the South Omaha Campus, except for Clinical Experiences.
- The Dental Assisting Program has agreements/contracts with Creighton Dental Clinic and over 50 private dental offices for the dental assisting students. Students do not have to find their clinical sites.
- The length of the program is 1 year (four quarters) with classes held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- Affordable education with tuition, fees, books and uniforms costing a little over $5,800.
Is it for you?
If you have strong communication skills, enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a career with responsibility, Dental Assisting is for you!
Jobs and Salary expectations
The Dental Assisting Program helps graduates find the right employment opportunity for each graduate with a 90 to 100% success rate. The large range of opportunities include general dentistry, specialty dentistry (Orhtodontics, Oral Surgery), insurance companies. Salaries and benefits vary.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
- Meet with an advisor in the Student Services Center at the campus location of your choice to further discuss the field of Dental Assisting. For questions specific to program requirements, contact Joan Trimpey (402-738-4675).
- Make arrangements with the advisor to complete the required College Compass/Asset Basic Skills Assessment. Obtain assistance with initial course selection and registration from the advisor. If developmental courses are indicated by the assessment test, you must enroll in these classes. You are encouraged to complete as many of the General Education and program Support Classes as possible prior to your formal acceptance into the Dental Assisting Program.
- Complete the Program Admission form found at http://www.mccneb.edu/healthcareers/deaforms.asp (Note: To be considered for admission to the Fall class your application must be received by June 1. Late applications may be considered for admission of qualified candidates if seats are available.)
- Provide two references, included with online application materials.
- Submit a copy of High School Diploma or GED.
- Schedule yourself to complete the PSB-Health Occupations Exam.
- Submit official transcripts for all post-secondary schools you have previously attended. Metropolitcan Community College cannot initiate the transfer of your credits; you must contact each college or university, personally. (Note: To be official, transcripts must be mailed directly from the granting institution to:
Metropolitan Community College Dental Assisting Program
PO Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103-0777
- Before you receive your final acceptance into the program, you will be required to meet the technical standards as stated in the Dental Assisting Application packet. You will also be required to have a background check and drug testing done, the cost for which will be billed to your student account.
Dental Assisting Packet_Fall 2014