Provide students with the theory, skills, laboratory and clinical experience to perform as entry-level dental assistants. Prepare students for employment in dental offices, hospitals, corporations, specialty dental clinics and the public health setting. Prepare students for the Dental Assistant National Board certification exams.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
Demonstrate workplace readiness skills
Obtain first aid and CPR/BLS certification
Collect and record vital signs
Assist with oral examinations
Prepare tray set-ups for oral procedures
Prepare patients and operatories for dental procedures
Take radiographic images and chart findings
Help dentists by transferring instruments during appointments , such as restorations (fillings), crown preparations, tooth extractions, and many other clinical procedures
Provide better visibility for dentists by using suction, retractors, and other equipment
Take impressions and prepare study models
Assist in maintaining accurate patient treatment records
Schedule patient appointments and follow-up care
Assist with patient billing, insurance, and other office tasks
Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection control policies, OSHA regulations, and protocols
Maintain basic equipment, dental supply, and office supply inventories
Keep dental and office supply inventories, while also ordering new materials
Assist with patient emergencies
Assist dental professionals with patient education activities and community outreach projects
Assist in procedures by selecting, mixing, or providing needed materials
An academic advisor will review your preparation in Mathematics and English with you. You’ll be guided to appropriate preliminary coursework to give you the greatest chance of success in this program.
Job opportunities may include working with other dental health professionals in private dental offices, hospitals, corporations, specialty dental clinics, volunteer dental events, and public health settings.
Dental Assistant is a competitive admissions program. The deadline to submit a program application is April 15th. Please visit www.mecc.edu to apply for program admission. Travel to clinical assignments and to the Center for Workforce and Innovation in Appalachia is required. The following immunizations, checks and screenings are required.
Proof & record of three Hepatitis B vaccinations OR proof of immunity by titer OR proof that a current series of three is in progress and on time.
Proof and record of two Hepatitis A vaccinations OR proof of immunity by titer OR proof of the first in the series being received within the past six months.
Proof & record of two MMR vaccines OR proof of immunity by titer.
Proof & record of negative TB test (two-step).
Proof & record of seasonal flu shot.
Proof & record of two varicella vaccinations OR proof of immunity by titer.
Proof & record of DTP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccinations OR proof of immunity by titer.
Proof and record of current health insurance coverage.
Passing of criminal and sexual background checks and drug screen.
Voluntary disclosure of COVID-19 vaccination status.