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Dental Assisting

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Germanna Community College offers a Certificate in Dental Assisting. The program consists of a combination of traditional and clinical learning modalities. The curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as valuable members of the Dental Health team. The program is also designed to accommodate those students who wish to advance to the Dental Assisting II registration and/or matriculate to Northern Virginia Community College’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Graduates of this Dental Assisting Program will receive a Certificate of Dental Assisting. After successful completion of the program and national dental assisting board examinations, the student will be eligible for entry into the profession or a Dental Assisting II program. The goals of the Program are:

The goals of the Dental Assisting Program are:

  1. To attract and graduate competent and ethical professionals with the skills and knowledge to practice as chairside dental assistants.
  2. To prepare students to pass the Dental Assisting National Board Exam.
  3. To prepare students to obtain employment as dental assistants.
  4. To prepare students to recognize the need for a commitment toward professional growth through life-long learning and participation in professional activities

Purpose: The curriculum is designed to prepare selected students to serve in a dynamic and growing health profession as valuable members of the Dental Health team. At the successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.

Transfer Information: Although transfer is not the primary purpose of a certificate program, GCC credits may transfer to other associate degree programs and/or senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their faculty advisor early in their program.

Special Accreditation Status: Germanna Community College maintains the status of initial accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post- Secondary Accreditation and by the U.S. Department of Education.

*To view more information on the Dental Assisting Certificate Program view the PDF file above


Suggested Scheduling

Prior to entering the first Dental Assisting major course:

ENG 1113

NAS 1503

PSY 2003

SDV 101 1

Total Credits10

Spring

DNA 1031

DNA 1083

DNA 1103

DNA 113 3

DNA 1343

Total Credits13

Summer

DNA 1144

DNA 190 3

Total Credits7

Fall

DNA 1191

DNA 1201

DNA 1302

DNA 140 5

Total Credits9