Dental Assisting

There are two options for the Dental Assisting Program at Grayson College: Dental Assisting Certificate or the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting is designed to prepare the student to function effectively as an integral member of the dental health care team.  The AAS degree consists of nine and on-half months of dental assisting coursework following completion of the pre-requisite courses.  Following graduation, the student will be eligible to sit for the exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant in addition to having an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

The Dental Assisting Certificate is designed to prepare the student to function effectively as an integral member of the dental health care team.  The student will participate in classroom instruction, laboratory procedures, and supervised clinical experiences in order to learn the basic functions required of a Dental Assistant. 

The Certificate of Dental Assisting is a nine and one-half month program. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible to file application to the State Board of Dental Examiners for registration.  The graduate is also eligible to take the examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).  Becoming a RDA and CDA assures that the graduate is prepared to assist competently in providing quality dental care.

Admission Requirements

1. Application to Grayson College. (Online at www.grayson.edu)

2. Application to the Dental Assisting Program  

3. Passed THEA or COMPASS or TSI waived

4. High School transcript or GED scores

5. Transcript for colleges or universities with cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

6. Documentation of required immunizations

Pre-Requisites for the certificate program:

ENGL 1301

PSYC 2301

Deadlines

The Dental Assisting Program accepts one class each fall. For fall admission, the last day to submit application and all required papers is March 30. Final transcripts for courses taken in the spring semester will be accepted until June 1.

**Please note that 24 applicants are accepted each year and applications may be accepted up to August if the class has not been filled.

Turn in to the College

1. Online application for admission to GC

2. Official transcripts for all colleges previously attended

Turn in to the Dental Assisting Program

1. Unofficial copies of all transcripts

2. Dental Assisting program applications (Circle Dental Assisting)

3. Documentation of required immunizations

Selection and Acceptance Procedure

1.  Applications are reviewed for required documentation by the Dental Assisting Admissions Committee.  Only those with complete files will be considered for admission.

2.  Applicants with incomplete files will be kept for one additional admission period unless additional time is requested in writing.

3.  The number of students that can be admitted to the Dental Assisting program is limited by classroom and clinical space and by qualified faculty availability.  Therefore, a selection procedure is used to identify candidates who are the most academically prepared.

4.  Once all eligible applicants have been evaluated and ranked, students will be admitted from the highest ranking to the lowest, until all spaces are filled.  If there are more eligible candidates than there are spaces available, a waiting list will be developed.  Should spaces become available prior to the first day of class, applicants will be notified.

5.  Applicants will be notified in writing regarding selection or non-selection within 6 weeks of the March 30 deadline.

 

Final Acceptance Requirements (Following notification of acceptance)

When an acceptance letter is received, instructions for the following will be included in the letter.

  1. CPR Certification (American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers) must be completed prior to FIRST DAY OF    CLASS.  Must include a face to face skills demonstration.
  2. Dental Examination must be completed prior to FIRST DAY OF CLASS.
  3. Pass a urine drug screen and a criminal background check, as instructed by the program.

Required Immunizations

All students must submit a copy of the following immunizations with a valid stamp or signature, a signed statement from a physician, or lab report indicating serologic immunity. Please note that some of these immunizations take up to six months to complete.  Immunizations must be started in time to complete the series before the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.  If unable to complete the series before the beginning of class, the applicant is not eligible for admission.

  1. TETANUS/DIPHTEHERIA/PERTUSSIS (Tdap)
    One dose of the Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years.
  2. MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA (MMR)
    (Immunizations or blood test)If born after January 1, 1957 must have proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine administered on or after the 1st birthday and at least 30 days apart – or – proof of serologic confirmation of measles, mumps and rubella immunity – or- serologic evidence of infection.
  3. VARICELLA (Chickenpox)(Immunization or blood test)
    Series of two Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccines- or –serologic confirmation of immunity to Varicella
  4. HEPATITIS B (Immunization or blood test)
    Series of three hepatitis B vaccines- or- serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B.
  5. INFLUENZA VACCINE
    Annual influenza vaccination as recommended by the CDC in the fall of each year.
  6. MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE
    All on-campus college students who are under the age of 22 must have the meningococcal vaccination within the previous five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.

Due to compliance with clinical facility requirements and Texas Department of Health recommendations, GC Health Science programs may not waiver immunization requirements for any reason.  If immunizations are not complete, application to the program must be delayed.

Copies of records from physician’s offices, public health department, public schools, other colleges and the military are acceptable.  Students should provide a copy of the records.  Please do not turn in the originals

Pass, Fail, Graduation Rates

Year Graduation Rate Success Rate (RDA Exam) Job Placement
2014-2015 91% 100% 81%
2015-2016 91% 100% 76%
2016-2017 82% 100% 89%

 

Application Information

Deadline: March 30

Packet: Dental Assisting Packet

Associate of Applied Science


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

ENGL 1301 3
MATH 1332 or 1342 or 1314 3
SOCI 1301 3
HIST 1301 3

12


Second Semester

ARTS 1301, HUMA 1301, MUSI 1306 or PHIL 1301 3
BIOL 2404 4
PSYC 2301 3
EDUC/PSYC 1300, SPCH 1311, 1321, OR ENGL 2311 3

13


Third Semester

DNTA 1245 2
DNTA 1305 3
DNTA 1311 3
DNTA 1315 3
DNTA 1301 3
DNTA 1202 2

16


Fourth Semester

DNTA 1251 2
DNTA 1347 3
DNTA 1349 3
DNTA 1353 3
DNTA 1460 4
DNTA 2230 2

17


Summer Semester

DNTA 2260 2

2

Certificate of Dental Assisting


Subject

Semester Hours



Prerequisites

ENGL 1301 3
PSYC 2301 3

6


First Semester

DNTA 1245 2
DNTA 1305 3
DNTA 1311 3
DNTA 1315 3
DNTA 1301 3
DNTA 1202 2

16


Second Semester

DNTA 1251 2
DNTA 1347 3
DNTA 1349 3
DNTA 1353 3
DNTA 1460 4
DNTA 2230 2

17


Third Semester

DNTA 2260 2

2

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                     

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra                                                         

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods            

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

ENGL 1301 Composition I

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

Use of computers and / or manual systems to process dental information and interpret and practice learned dental office management skills.

  Read More

Composition, properties, procedures and safety standards related to dental materials.

  Read More

Introduction to radiation physics, protection, the operation of radiographic equipment, exposure, processing and mounting of dental radiographs. Specific federal and state safety and standard practices for the classroom and lab settings will be practiced.

  Read More

A fundamental study of anatomical systems with emphasis placed on head and neck anatomy. Topics include embryology of the teeth along with basic dental terminology.

  Read More

A study of pre-clinical chair side assisting procedures, instrumentation, OSHA and other regulatory agency standards.

  Read More

The study and prevention of dental diseases and community dental health.

  Read More

An advanced study of anatomical systems, pharmacology, or pathology, and developmental abnormalities

  Read More

The practical application of exposing, processing and mounting diagnostically acceptable radiographs obtained by utilizing various radiographic techniques. This course will encompass critical evaluation of all procedures.

  Read More

Analysis of case studies during the clinical phase of practicum I clinical.

  Read More

An expanded function of dental assisting techniques with emphasis on four-handed dentistry and utilization of armamentarium for general practice and specialty procedures.

  Read More

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

  Read More

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

  Read More

The study of human interaction and communication in the dental office.

  Read More

Last updated: 08/31/2017