Dental Assisting

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The Dental Assisting Program trains individuals in a broad range of clinical and administrative skills, including preparing dental patients for examinations and treatments, performing radiographic procedures and preparing dental materials.

Administrative training includes scheduling and appointment procedures, maintenance of medical records, performing basic front office skills, and development of internal and external professional communication and all public relations skills. Students can complete the certificate program through four terms of full-time coursework.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commissions on Dental Accreditation.

Program Outcomes

The COCC Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The following six program outcomes were developed as a result of the standards set by CODA:

  1. Apply principles of biomedical, dental, clinical and behavioral sciences to ensure quality and safe patient care.
  2. Maintain records of the dental practice in compliance with state/federal laws and Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD).
  3. Document the delivery of dental treatment to facilitate continuity and safe patient care.
  4. Perform a comprehensive set of dental assisting skills for optimal patient care. 
  5. Demonstrate accountability and integrity in the profession of Dental Assisting.
  6. Demonstrate professional behavior in every aspect of patient care and interpersonal relations.

Take a look at the requirements, course description and application information links listed below:

Our Allied Health Information Session will:

  • Describe each occupation. Topics will include typical clinical and administrative duties, certification, licensing, etc.
  • Review the structure, length and cost of the programs.
  • General information

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