The Dental Assisting program prepares students to become skilled members of a 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 duties of the dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs a wide range of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Some specific tasks dental assistants may perform include; assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures, providing oral health care education, exposing and processing radiographs (X-rays), recording the patient's medical history and vital signs, preparing and sterilizing the proper instruments and equipment for the dentist's use, providing the patient with post-operative instructions, taking impressions for study casts, performing office management tasks, and performing basic dental laboratory tasks.
Many types of practice settings are available to dental assistants. An assistant may choose to work in a private practice or a group practice. In addition, an assistant can work in a general dentistry or specialty practice, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, or pediatric dentistry. Job opportunities also exist in public health facilities, federal government facilities, hospitals, dental school clinics, insurance companies, and vocational schools or community colleges and universities teaching others to become dental assistants.
The Dental Assisting program offers a 34-credit undergraduate certificate and an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. As a result of this, graduates are eligible and prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination and upon successful completion will become certified dental assistants.
The UAA Dental Programs is currently undergoing their accreditation process with the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Our Site Visit will be on September 24-26, 2014. The deadline for receipt of third-party comments in the Commission office is 60 days prior to the Site Visit. All comments must be signed, and signatures will be removed from comments prior to forwarding them to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission's accreditation process. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue,Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800-621-8099, extension 4653
The Commission on DentalAccreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance withthe accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustainedquality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related educationprograms but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court ofappeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters ofadmission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or theCommission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtainedby contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.
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