Dental Assisting

The Dental Assisting Program at Amarillo College provides the entry-level skills needed to work as a chair-side assistant in a dental office. You will be involved in the entire process, from preparing a patient and sterilizing instruments to assisting with actual dental procedures. AC’s curriculum is broad enough so that students also learn the skills necessary to work in other positions in the dental setting, including the front office. The program is designed to be completed in just one year. Classes and laboratory sessions in Dental Assisting are held at the West Campus of AC. Related required courses are conducted at the Washington Street Campus. Students also will spend 20 percent of their educational time gaining practical experience in dental offices within the community.

Dental Assisting

What can you do with a Dental Assisting certificate?


Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x-rays to record-keeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by the dentists’ offices where they work, but almost all dental assistants work in dentists’ offices, and most work full time. Being a Dental Assistant is a satisfying, team-oriented occupation. It is a challenging position, and those individuals best suited for the dental profession will have good communication skills, be physically fit, and be willing to work as a loyal team member. New graduates have success finding employment in our geographical area.

Dental Assisting

Enter the Workforce with a Certificate 

First Semester Prior to Admission

 

ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3 hrs

PSYC 2301 – General  Psychology

3 hrs

BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I

4 hrs

SPCH 1318- Interpersonal Communication

3 hrs

First Fall semester

 

DNTA 1102 - Communication in the Dental Office

1 hrs

DNTA 1205 - Dental Radiology

2 hrs

DNTA 1241 - Dental Laboratory Procedures

2 hrs

DNTA 1345 - Preventive Dentistry

3 hrs

DNTA 1311 - Dental Science

3 hrs

DNTA 1301 - Dental Materials

3 hrs

DNTA 1315  - Chairside Assisting

3 hrs

First Spring Semester

 

DNTA 1266 - Practicum

2 hrs

DNTA 1249 - Radiology in the Clinic

2 hrs

DNTA 1353 - Dental Assisting Applications

3 hrs

DNTA 1251 - Office Management

2 hrs

DNTA 2130 - Seminar for the Dental Assistant

1 hr