Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012

Dental Assisting

Allied Health

221 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time

Fall or Spring

Award

Diploma

1 year (3 semesters)

Associate of Applied Science degree after completion of additional required courses.

Dental assistants help dentists chair side and also perform functions such as polishing teeth, taking X-rays, mixing materials and sterilizing instruments. Some assistants also manage the office and patient accounts, schedule appointments and purchase supplies.

Career opportunities: private dental office, clinics, research/teaching, consulting, hospitals, sales and insurance claims, specialty practices such as orthodontics or children’s dentistry.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

First Semester

DEA-404

Dental Materials

3.5

DEA-517

Dental Assisting I

3.5

DEN-100

Fundamentals of Dentistry

3.5

DEN-120

Dental Anatomy

3

DEN-130

Head and Neck Anatomy

1.5

HSC-107

Professionals in Health

2

HSC-210

Health Skills I

1

 

 

18

Second Semester

DEA-285

Oral Pathology for Dental Assisting

1

DEA-518

Dental Assisting II

1.5

DEA-580

Dental Assisting Clinic I

4

DEA-610

Specialty Dentistry

4.5

DEN-200

Preventive Dentistry

2

DEN-220

Dental Nutrition

1

DEN-300

Dental Radiography

3

 

 

17

Third Semester

COM-744

Oral Communication in the Workplace or

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

DEA-519

Dental Assisting III

1.5

DEA-581

Dental Assisting Clinic II

4.5

DEA-702

Dental Office Procedures

2

 

 

11

Total diploma program hours

46

Associate of Applied Science Degree Courses

ENG-105

Composition I

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

MAT-731

Introduction to Math

2

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Humanities elective

3

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Electives

7

 

 

18

Total Associate of Applied Science degree program credit hours

64

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