Dental Assisting


Dental Assisting program

In the Dental Assisting Program at DATC, students will be participating in classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experiences. Students will learn to obtain and record medical and dental histories as well as vital signs of the patient, instruct the patient in oral hygiene and plaque control, and provide pre and postoperative instructions as prescribed by the dentist. The student will set up instrument trays; sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment; expose, develop and mount diagnostic dental radiographs; make dental impressions and study casts; clean and polish the coronal portion of the teeth; and apply topical fluorides to strengthen teeth. Administrative instruction includes scheduling appointments, receiving payments, completing insurance forms and maintaining patient records. Students in the Dental Assisting program are required to complete a non-paid externship by working in two different dental settings. Because this program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), completion of this program will prepare you to take the Certification for Dental Assistants examination sponsored by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. Students who successfully pass the exam become Certified Dental Assistants.

Program Length
1200 hours (13 months)
Enrollment
Open Enrollment Year Round
Location
Davis Applied Technology College - Main Campus
Classroom Availability
Details

Classroom Availability: Dental Assisting


08:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu

*High school students may choose to have a schedule that coincides with the morning bell schedule at their high school. To request early arrival, high school students may visit the Student Services Office.

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Estimated Cost
Refer to Gainful Employment Disclosures
Adult College Admission Fee
$40.00
Tuition and Fees
Adult Tuition: Details
High School Students: $40.00 (additions class fees may still apply)
Books and Supplies
Details
Certificate Processing Fee
$15.00
Pell Grants
Apply
Scholarships
Eligible
Veterans
Eligible

DATC Credentials

DATC Program Certificates (600 hours each)

  • Dental Hygiene Assistant*
  • Dental Assistant
  • DATC Certificate of Program Completion (1200 hours)

*Certificate or current industry employment required prior to enrollment in other program certificates.

Industry Certifications

Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
Certified Dental Assisting (CDA)
DATC Continuing Education Department
Utah State Board of Dental Examiners Radiology (for Dental Assistants)
DATC (offered as part of the Dental Assisting program)
Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Placement Rates
79%
Utah Wage
$10.24 - $17.88
Utah Job Outlook
Dental Assistants
Work Requirements
31-9091.00 - Dental Assistants
High School
N/A
College/University
Details
  1. Verify you meet program Admissions Requirements
  2. Complete the DATC Admissions process:
  3. Meet with an Enrollment Technician in Student Services
  4. Start Class