Dental Assistant Program

Dental Assistant Program

Course Description

The Dental Assistant Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions - Dental Assistant. The Dental Assistant 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.

Note: Additionally, this 100 contact hour course includes a CPR certification course and covers the relevant material necessary to prepare students to take the State of Texas “TSBDE” Dental Assistant exam offered throughout the State of Texas.

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McAllen Brownsville

Course Duration
100 hours

Next Schedule UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site
Date: October 19th - February 15th 2019
Time: Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site 

Leslie Perales

Next Schedule UTRGV Brownsville Campus
Date: October 12th - February 8th 2019
Time: Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

UTRGV Brownsville Campus Room: BSABH 2.112 & Room: MAIN 2.420 (10/26, 12/14, 2/8)

Soledad Angel

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  • 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.