Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting will be able to:
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to be competent in the dental assisting field.
  • Demonstrate professional standards according to OSHA, ADA, OSAP,ADAA and radiation health and safety standards.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in a dental office setting.
  • Demonstrate general knowledge in the fields of biology, communications and nutrition.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking an Associate's of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting may choose to complete major requirements and general degree requirements prior to or after completion of the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate program.  Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate is subject to a departmental selection process.  Please see the Application Procedure webpage for additional information.

General Degree Requirements

Complete the Associate of Applied Science General Course Requirements (15 credits). (Completion of Biology and Psychology Courses fulfill the requirement of 6 credits of mathematics, humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.) 

  • ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition (3)
  • COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication or COMM A235 Small Group Communication or COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication or COMM A241 Public Speaking (3)
  • ENGL A212 Technical Writing or ENGL A211 Academic Writing about Literature or ENGL A213 Writing in the Social & Natural Sciences or ENGL A214 Persuasive Writing (3)

Major Requirements

1. Complete the required courses for the Dental Assisting Undergraduate Certificate (34 credits).

2. Complete one of the following Biology courses (4 credits)

  • BIOL A102 Introductory Biology (3) and BIOL A103 Introductory Biology Laboratory (1) or
  • BIOL A111 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) or
  • BIOL A115 Fundamentals of Biology (4)

3. Complete one of the following Nutrition Courses (3 credits)

  • DN A101 Principles of Nutrition (3) or
  • DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences (3)

4. Complete one of the following courses (3 credits)

  • PSY A111 General Psychology (3) or
  • PSY A150 Lifespan Development (3) or
  • PSY/HUMS A153 Human Relations (3)

5. Electives (7 credits)

Recommended courses include:

  • CIS A105 Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software (3)
  • MA A101 Medical Terminology I (3)
  • General Education Requirements (GER) for Baccalaureate Degrees

6. A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.