Dental Assistant Program


Course Description

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field. To meet our nation’s growing medical demands, recent studies indicate that over 400,000 assistants will be employed by 2018.

The Dental Assisting program will cover key areas and topics exposing the student to both classroom and hands-on instruction. The classroom instruction reviews the necessary anatomy, terminology, legal and ethical issues as well as the policy and guidelines necessary to understanding the scope of practice and the practical aspects of dental assisting.  Topics include instrument identification, equipment maintenance, tooth structure and oral cavity anatomy, dental anesthesia, sterilization, and charting.  The student will learn the steps necessary to assisting the dentist while providing  quality dental care within the community.  Program includes review of tooth charting, restorations, bridge implants, bitewing, panograph, and periapical x-ray and the mixing of dental cements.

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McAllen Brownsville

Course Duration
100 hours

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  • UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site

    Date: October 20th 2018 - February 16th 2019
    Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


    UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site
    Room 1.103

    Leslie Perales

  • UTRGV Brownsville Campus

    Date: October 13th, 2018 - February 9th, 2019
    Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    UTRGV Brownsville Campus

    Diana De La Luz

  • Exam Information

    Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
    Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
  • Topics covered

    1) The dental assisting profession and the history of dentistry
    2) Dental anatomy and physiology
    3) Tooth charting, tooth surfaces, and classification of restorations on a tooth
    4) Parts of the jaw and areas of the mouth
    5) Oral health and preventions of dental disease
    6) Infection control in dentistry and occupational health and safety
    7) Patient information and assessment
    8) Foundation of clinical dentistry
    9) Dental radiology
    10) Single crown restoration, bridge, implant, partial denture, and full denture
    11) Dental equipment, accessories and the treatment room
    12) Dental hand pieces and accessories
    13) Dental cements and impression materials
    14) Coding of radiology services and the use of ICD-9-CM codes
    15) Assisting in comprehensive dental care
    16) Dental administration and communication skills

In addition to facilitating entry-level administrative positions, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal dental hygienist program.

Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or to be on track to receive either of those. Participants must also possess a minimum 10-grade level math and reading skills as well.

Note: Persons must be at least 18 years old to sit for the national certification exam after completing this course.


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Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 00359902. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

McAllen - Leslie Perales
Brownsville - Diana De La Luz