The Dental Assisting Program prepares students to become skilled members of the dental health care team. Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of oral health care and are valuable members of the dental care team. The program offers a 34-credit certificate and an Associate of Applied Sciences degree.
The registered dental hygienist is a licensed oral health educator and clinical operator who, as a part of the dental team, uses preventative, educational and therapeutic methods which aid individuals and groups to attain and maintain optimum oral health. Dental hygienists can work as clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, managers, preventative program developers, consumer advocates, sales and marketing managers, editors and consultants.