Dental Assisting, CertificateCertificate
Northern Virginia Community College
This curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform chairside assisting, minor laboratory, and basic office procedures. Students learn the theory and skills to assist in the dental operatory through course work in the areas of chairside assisting, radiology, dental materials, dental and biomedical sciences, as well as clinical practice. Graduates can perform certain additional tasks allowing them to become productive and valued members of the dental health team. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB). After successful completion of this examination, the credential Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is awarded.
Program Credit Requirements
If you wish to see how your credits may apply, you can:
- Contact the institution where a staff member can help you map your credits to the requirements for this program.
- View the program requirements listed in the institution's catalog.
Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Requirement Notes
Special Accreditation Status: The Dental Assisting program maintains their status of accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Students who successfully complete the program are considered to be graduates of an accredited program for purposes of certification and regulations as set forth by state licensing boards. 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: www.ada.org/100.aspx.
Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases Statement: By nature of the profession, students accepted into the Dental Assisting program may be exposed to blood and body fluids while practicing dental skills or providing services during clinical, preclinical, and laboratory sessions. Policies and procedures have been established to ensure the working environment is safe in order to minimize disease transmission. Prospective students may request a copy of the policy on bloodborne infectious diseases by calling 703-822-6627.
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What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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|Associate Transfer Degree Completion||Students who have graduated with at least an associate or bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education are considered to have fulfilled NOVA's SDV requirement. Any other course transfers are evaluated based on the student's transcript, https://www.nvcc.edu/cro/transfercredit/index.html
||Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School|
|Credit for Prior Learning||NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the integrity of our academic programs. Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional. ways; https://www.nvcc.edu/prior-learning/|
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College Level Information
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|Is This College Right For Me?||Our classes feature up-to-date technology and course content to prepare you for a competitive job market; We also offer courses that will transfer to colleges all over Virginia and the nation. In fact, NOVA has guaranteed admission agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities for students who meet specific requirements.|
|Transfer Student Catalog Year||Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.|
|First Year Student Catalog Year||Catalog year is determined by first semester of program placement.|
|Applying for Guaranteed Admissions||https://www.nvcc.edu/gaa/|
Where Can This Degree Transfer
|Institution||Title||Degree||Award Name||Award Level|
|Virginia Western Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
|Wytheville Community College||Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year|
Careers Where This Degree Applies
|31-9091.00||Dental Assistants||Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.||Healthcare Support Occupations|
|25-1071.00||Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary||Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.||Educational Instruction and Library Occupations|