Dental Assisting Certificate

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2017:

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • One year of laboratory science (preferably biology or chemistry)
  • Successful completion of a mathematics course (Basic Math, General Math, Business Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Algebra/Trigonometry or Geometry)
  • ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing or course waiver
  • 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher
  • Minimum 50% of the required courses taken through UMA
  • Minimum 2.00 G.P.A. in the Certificate
  • Minimum 44 Credit Hours
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.00
  • Minimum grade of “C-” in all courses applied to the degree

Before entering the clinical portion of the dental assisting program, students are required to have the following:

  • Complete physical examination within three months of entering the program
  • Hepatitis B vaccination series initiated prior to the first clinical semester
  • Current certification in Healthcare Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or equivalent
  • Recent tetanus immunization (within ten years)
  • PPD within one year
  • Varicella Zoster Titer

Students should meet with their faculty advisor to verify readiness for graduation prior to submitting a graduation card.

All courses must be passed with a “C-” or better.

  • DEA 102 Biodental Sciences I (3)
  • DEA 152 Dental Office Management (2)
  • DEA 154 Biodental Sciences II (3)
  • DEA 200 Preclinical Dental Assisting Lab (4)
  • DEA 201 Preclinical Dental Assisting Theory (4)
  • DEA 213 Dental Materials (3)
  • DEA 250 Clinical Practice (7)
  • DEA 253 Dental Health Education (3)
  • DEH 203 Dental Radiology (2)
  • DEH 204 Dental Radiology Lab (2)
  • DEH 225 Professionalism for Oral Health provider (1)
  • Complete one of the following Communications electives (3):
    • COM 101 Public Speaking
    • COM 102 Interpersonal Communications
  • BIO 100 Human Biology (4)
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Association of the American Dental Association. This program emphasizes the knowledge and skills required for chairside dental assisting. It also prepares students with the skills needed to provide clinical support services and perform selected laboratory procedures, as well as basic business office procedures.
  • Students in their final semester will be eligible to take the Certification Examination in General Chairside Assisting and Radiation Health and Safety administered by the Dental Assisting National Board. Successful completion of the examination carries with it the credential of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and qualifies the candidate for licensure in Dental Radiography from the Maine Board of Dental Examiners.
  • A minimum grade of “C-” is required in all courses applied to the degree.
  • Students must complete PSY 100, COM 101, and BIO 100 prior to the start of preclinical coursework.

This program resides under the College of Professional Studies

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