Dental Assistant


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 NELDA certification exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate workplace readiness skills
  • Obtain first aid and CPR 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 procedures, such as fillings, crown preparations, and tooth
  • Provide better visibility for dentists by using suction, retractors, and other equipment
  • Take impressions and prepare 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 and protocols
  • Maintain equipment, dental supply, and office supply inventories
  • Assist with patient emergencies
  • Assist dental professionals with patient education activities
  • Assist in procedures by selecting, mixing, or providing needed materials

Employment Opportunities
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.

Program Requirements

Students should have English and Mathematics skills assessed. Deficiencies in these areas may be corrected by completing the appropriate developmental studies courses.

Additional Information

Dental Assistant is a competitive admissions program. The deadline to submit a program application to the spring cohort is October 15th, the deadline to apply for admission to the summer cohort is April 15th. Click here to apply for program admission. Program acceptance and offers will be made by email to the student’s MECC email account.  Please check that email account regularly, a minimum of once daily.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.

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