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What will I learn?

The program seeks to provide each student with the essential knowledge and skills necessary to become a vital part of the dental health care team and to meet the requirements of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) examining entity.

What will I learn?

Students will obtain knowledge in specific areas of dentistry to include:

assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures
taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays)
asking about the patient's medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse
serving as an infection control officer, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment
helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling)
teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
(e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counselling)
taking impressions of patients' teeth for study casts (models of teeth)
performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer
communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies)
helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.

What can I do with this course of study?

The Associate of Applied Science Degree and certificate in dental assisting along with the Registered Dental Assistant certificate (upon successful completion of the RDA course and a passing score of 70 or above) will allow the student to pursue employment as a dental assistant in a dental office to include general dentistry or a specialty in dentistry. Students graduating from the Dental Assisting program will have the necessary certificates needed to be part of a successful dental team.

What's special about program?

As one of eight Dental Assisting Programs in Texas accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), the program is committed to excellence in helping to meet the diverse needs of both traditional and non traditional students.

Which department am I in?

San Antonio College

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$11,184.00 per year
Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Texas State Legislature and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 October 2022

Start date

17 January 2023

Venue

San Antonio College

1819 N. Main Ave,

SAN ANTONIO,

Texas,

78212, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission requires a general evaluation stating credential is equivalent to that of a U.S. high school or U.S. college or university; IELTS Score: 5.5; TOEFL score: 500 for Paper-Based Test; 173 for Computer-Based Test; 61 for Internet-Based Test.

For international students

Students are required to complete high school graduation equivalent to US qualification.

IELTS Score: 5.5; TOEFL score: 500 for Paper-Based Test; 173 for Computer-Based Test; 61 for Internet-Based Test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Alamo Colleges District

Alamo Colleges District is a network of five colleges in the Greater San Antonio area which aims to help students build their futures.

  • Network of independently accredited community colleges
  • Diverse student population
  • Five Colleges in the Greater San Antonio area
  • Over 300 two-year degree programs

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