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Dental Assistant

Approved for VA funding

Give them something to smile about by becoming a Dental Assistant!

Under the direct supervision of dentists, the Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting with patient care, performing minor lab functions and providing administrative support for the office. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, dental assisting is expected to grow by over 36% over the next few years. ACC’s Dental Assistant program is helping meet this demand by training students in the field of dental health and preparing them to work in all areas of a dental office. 

Program Description

The ACC Dental Assistant Program consists of progression courses which include classroom and lab hours. The two scheduled options for the program (day or evening) are designed to help accommodate students with families or those who are currently working. In the ACC Dental Assistant program, students will gain the skills needed to take the State of Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) exam, and enter into an entry-level position in the dental industry. VA funding is available for those that qualify.

Applications received year round!

NOTE:   A completed application and mandatory orientation meeting
is required for admission and registration.

 << Click here for the Dental Program Application Packet >>

Fall Session: Starts September 2, 2014 - See upcoming (Evening) courses at bottom of page.

Spring Session: Incoming Student Orientation, January 7, 2015, 10:00am (Daytime) courses


Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete a health form (see application packet)
  • Be current in health care vaccinations
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to effectively communicate orally and in-writing
  • Have manual dexterity to use dental instruments effectively
  • Be physically able to stand for prolonged periods and maneuver in limited spaces
  • Submit completed application
  • Attend the mandatory orientation meeting

Required Courses and Course Descriptions

CEDNTA 1015 Chairside Assisting* An introduction to pre-clinical chairside assisting procedures, instrumentation, infection and hazard control protocol, equipment safety and maintenance. The Chairside Assisting course prepares dental assistant students to chart oral cavity structures, dental pathology and restorations, and to assist a dentist with basic dental procedures including examinations, pain control, amalgam restorations, and cosmetic restorations. Students will develop the ability to educate patients about preventive dentistry, brushing, and flossing techniques and dental procedures using lay terminology.

CEDNTA 1011 Dental Science and General Anatomy* The Dental Science and General Anatomy course presents the study of dental terminology, morphology, histology, and oral embryology. Students learn the basic structure and function of human anatomy with special emphasis on the head and neck. The course prepares dental assistant students to apply fundamentals of general and dental anatomy to informed decision-making, and for professional communication with colleagues and patients.

CEDNTA 1013 Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management* The Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management course prepares dental assistant students to respond proactively to dental emergencies, to control infection, prevent disease, adhere to OSHA Standards, and safely manage hazardous materials. Students address maintenance of emergency kits, and will learn to take patient vital signs and collect patient medical/dental histories.

*These are first level courses for the Dental Assistant Program. A completed application and mandatory orientation meeting is required for admission and registration.


CEDNTA 1005 Dental Radiology** The Dental Radiography course prepares dental assisting students to operate x-ray units and expose bitewing, periapical, extra oral, and occlusal radiographs. Emphasis is placed on protection against x-ray hazards. Students also process, mount, and evaluate radiographs for diagnostic value. The history of radiology theory will be presented including physics, radiation protection, and operation of radiographic equipment, darkroom procedures, and exposure techniques. Specific safety and universal/standard precautions for the radiology lab will be practiced.

CEDNTA 1053 Intermediate Dental Assisting Applications** The Intermediate Dental Assisting course prepares dental assistant students to handle and prepare dental materials such as liners, bases, cements, amalgam, resin restorative materials, gypsum products, and impression materials. Students will develop and learn an in-depth study of assisting techniques with emphasis on four-handed dentistry, utilization of tray set-ups for specific procedures and expand the necessary skills to utilize materials. Expanded also, is to take alginate impressions and clean removable appliances.

CEDNTA 1002 Professionalism in the Dental Office** This course prepares dental assistant students for professional success in a dental practice or in another dental health care environment. It is a pre-requisite course prior to the clinical visits. Students develop professional appearance and image, while learning life skills for their personal management. The course instructs on the lessons of working within ethical guidelines and legal frameworks, in preparation for entering the dental workforce. Dental assistant students will develop and customize their resumes, learn the importance of job search and lay out an on-going professional development plan.

**These are second level courses for the Dental Assistant Program, current enrollment of first level courses in the Dental Assistant Program is necessary for registration.


CEDNTA 1051 Dental Office Management and Procedures*** This course prepares dental assistant students to manage telephones, personal relations, appointments, recall systems, appointment scheduling and inventory. Students also develop the skills needed to process accounts receivable, accounts payable, collection, and third party reimbursements.

CEDNTA 2030 Seminar for the Dental Assistant***  This course analyzes case studies during the clinical phase of the program. The student will present case studies, formulate responses to presented topics.

CEDNTA 1060 Dental Assisting - Clinical*** This course allows the student clinical experience, as outlined in the learning plan, to apply and integrate the core information and skills acquired thus far in the dental program into professional settings. During interactions at clinical sites among patients, the student will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology found in the dental field and skills outlined in the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Supervision is provided by the clinical coordinator and professional affiliates.  Note: Part-time/evening students will be required to attend day-time sessions of this class.

***These are third level courses for the Dental Assistant Program, completion of first and second levels in the Dental Assistant Program is necessary for registration.


Program Investment

The approximate cost of the ACC Dental Assistant Program is $3655. This does not include fees, books, or a CPR certification course. Approximate costs are calculated using in-district tuition rates. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more about tuition assistance call 281.756.3787.

Revised 624 Hour Program!         

Upcoming Fall Evening Courses

ALVIN CAMPUS

Chairside Assisting I
Course No.                       Date(s)                                Time                               Day         Room       Instructor
CEDNTA 1015 AC10      09/02/14 - 02/05/15            06:00PM - 09:00PM       TTH          H116      MLopez/MAbraham
Fee(s): Tuition IN $555.00    Tuition OD $575.00    Other Fees $155.00

Dental Science and General Anatomy
Course No.                       Date(s)                                Time                               Day         Room       Instructor

CEDNTA 1011 AC10      09/03/14 - 01/21/15            06:00PM - 09:00PM        W            H116         DBlock
Fee(s): Tuition IN $425.00    Tuition OD $445.00    Other Fees $33.00

Dental Health Safety and Emergency Management
Course No.                       Date(s)                                Time                               Day         Room       Instructor

CEDNTA 1013 AC10      09/08/14 - 01/12/15            06:00PM - 09:30PM        M            H116         MBagwell
Fee(s): Tuition IN $420.00    Tuition OD $440.00    Other Fees $60.00


  NOTE: A completed application and mandatory orientation meeting
is required for admission and registration.




For more info contact Leigh Davis at dental@alvincollege.edu or 281.756.3820.

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