Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Dental Assisting

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall or Spring

Award
Diploma
1 year (3 terms)
Associate of Applied Science degree after completion of additional required courses.
2 years (4 terms)

Accreditation
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of compliance without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Successful completion of the program entitles graduates to take the National Dental Assistant Certification Examination. The Commission on Dental Accreditation: 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678; 312-440-4653.

Dental Assistants help the dentist at 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. During this one-year program, you will gain classroom, laboratory and hands-on experience by working with patients at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa and in private dental offices.

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

Term 1

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

HSC-210

Health Skills I*

1

DEN-110

Dental Terminology*

2

DEN-120

Dental Anatomy*

3

DEN-100

Fundamentals of Dentistry

3.5

DEA-403

Dental Materials for the DA

3

DEA-517

Dental Assisting I

3.5

 

 

18

Term 2

DEA-580

Dental Assisting Clinic I

4

DEA-518

Dental Assisting II

1.5

DEN-300

Dental Radiography

3

DEA-285

Oral Pathology for Dental Assisting*

1

DEN-200

Preventative Dentistry

2

DEA-610

Specialty Dentistry

4.5

DEN-130

Head and Neck Anatomy*

1.5

 

 

17.5

Term 3

DEA-519

Dental Assisting III

1.5

DEA-581

Dental Assisting Clinic II

4.5

DEN-220

Dental Nutrition*

1

COM-744

Oral Communication in the Workplace* OR

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals

 

 

DEA-701

Dental Office Procedures

1

 

 

11

Total diploma program hours

46.5

Associate of Applied Science Degree Courses

Term 4

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology*

3

MAT-772

Applied Math*

3

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Humanities Elective*

3

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Electives*

6

 

 

18

Total Associate of Applied Science degree program credit hours

64.5

Optional

DEA-924

Honors Project

1

This curriculum is for fall start. Curriculum for spring start is slightly different. Contact Allied Health for information.

*Courses may be taken before beginning the program.

NOTE: Minimum C- required in all technical Dental Assisting courses and DEN-100, DEN-120 and DEN-130.

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