Dental Assisting - Associate in Applied Science

Healthcare Pathway

96 Credits   |   8 Quarters

Pathway at a Glance

You understand the importance of health and peace of mind—whether you're tending to a patient, studying diseases, providing dietary counsel, or documenting important medical information, our Healthcare Pathway will set you on a course to making a difference every day.

 

This program has prerequisite requirements and a special application process. Learn more on the Dental Assisting Program Admissions page.

 

Pathway Map (PDF)

 

Courses by Quarter
Entry Requirements
This program has prerequisite requirements and a special application process. Learn more on the Dental Assisting Program Admissions page: https://spscc.edu/admissions/dental.
Quarter Plan: 
Program Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Dental Assisting Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Effectively, independently, and efficiently perform supportive services that may be performed by registered dental assistants in Washington State
  • Maintain safe environments in the dental setting by following state and federal standards, professional and ethical standards, and using effective communication
  • Measure, record, interpret, and report data in both clinical and office settings
  • Engage in processes that support continual improvement  
Helpful Notes

Program Costs

In addition to tuition & fees, other costs (approximate and subject to change) are:

  • Non-refundable application fee $25
  • Hepatitis B vaccination $250
  • Tuberculosis clearance $100
  • Malpractice insurance $17
  • Name tag $15
  • Printing $50
  • Basic Life Support (CPR) training $100
  • Textbooks and supplies $300
  • Dental instruments and supplies $1,000
  • Lab fee $200
  • Typodont model $175
  • National Board exam $524
  • Uniforms and shoes $300
  • Clinical uniform scrub fee $150

Uniform information will be provided during advising & registration for those accepted into the program.

 

Earning the Degree

An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and general education distribution requirements must be met, with any additional credits to be selected as electives. Courses coded DENT must be taken in succession. All DENT courses and general education requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program.

Accreditation

The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/en/coda

Revision Date: 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021