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Dental Assisting, Certificate

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2015:

Admissions Requirements:

  • 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)
  • REA 008 Reading for Understanding or course waiver
  • 5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher

UMA Certificate Requirements:

  • Minimum 50% of the required courses taken through UMA
  • Minimum 2.00 G.P.A. in the Certificate

Dental Assisting Certificate Requirements:

  • Minimum 44 Credit Hours
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.00
  • Minimum grade of “C-” in all courses applied to the degree

Clinical Course Prerequisites:

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.

Program Major Requirements (34 credit hours):

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 (3)
  • DEA 201 Preclinical Dental Assisting Theory (2)
  • DEA 213 Dental Materials (3)
  • DEA 225 Professionalism for Oral health provider (1)
  • DEA 250 Clinical Practice (7)
  • DEA 251 Clinical Dental Assisting Theory (3)
  • DEA 253 Dental Health Education (3)
  • DEH 203 Dental Radiology (2)
  • DEH 204 Dental Radiology Lab (2)

General Education Requirements (10 credit hours):

  • 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)

Advising Notes:

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.

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This program resides under the College of Professional Studies

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