Dental Assisting

Get the training needed to become a dental assistant

The Dental Assisting program at Bates Technical College prepares students for a rewarding career in a high demand profession in the field of dentistry. If you enjoy working with people, dental assisting could be an excellent career choice for you. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and combines study in the classroom, lab and clinical internships.  During the 11-month program, students gain valuable skills and knowledge employers are looking for in the dental assistant. Students take the Dental Assisting National Board exam throughout the program to obtain national certification as a dental assistant. Job opportunities in the field are excellent. Whether you want to work in general dentistry, or any one of the dental specialties, there is a high demand for qualified dental assistants.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Andrea Cobb
253.680.7185 | acobb@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Program Length: Three Trimesters

General education requirements must be taken 1) prior to entering the program or, 2) before or after the regularly scheduled dental assisting coursework.

Prerequisites:
1. High School diploma or GED
2. Minimum age for program entry: 18 years of age
3. Pass a clear national and Washington state background check.  The background check must be completed prior to registering and paying the $50 college registration fee.

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4. Documentary evidence of current immunizations and medical/dental evaluation within two weeks of program start date.
5. Documentary evidence of current American Heart Association, Health Care Provider approved CPR card within two weeks of program start date.
6. Must meet pre-determined Accuplacer levels in reading and writing
7. Meet with a Dental Assisting faculty member to receive program-specific required information 

  • National Median Salary$37,630
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings45,900

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Dental Assisting - Associate of Applied Science: 95 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
DNTA110 DNTA110 - Introduction to Dental Assisting
This course is an introduction the dental assisting profession including the role of the dental assistant in the dental office, legal and ethical considerations, HIPPA regulation, and dental equipment and terminology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting program
2
DNTA111 DNTA111 - Infection Control
This course is an introduction to microbiology, and the application of standard infection control practices including aseptic techniques in the dental office. Infection control, hazardous waste management and safety standards are emphasized: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting core program
5
DNTA112 DNTA112 - Biomedical Sciences
This course is an introduction to the biomedical sciences and their application to the dental assisting industry: anatomy and physiology, embryology, histology, and morphology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting core program
5
DNTA114 DNTA114 - Dental Sciences I
In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of oral pathology, pediatric dentistry, nutrition, and pharmacology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting core program
4
DNTA120 DNTA120 - Introduction to Chairside Assisting
In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of chairside assisting including patient management, assessment of the patients medical health history, medical emergencies, and students role in patient care
4
DNTA121 DNTA121 - Chairside Assisting I
This is an introduction course that focuses on the fundamentals of chairside assisting including recording dental chart information, instrument transfer, maintaining the operating field, coronal polish, apply dental sealants, and the skills necessary to assist in the delivery of dental services to patients in a pre-clinical environment
4
DNTA122 DNTA122 - Dental Materials I
This course is an introduction to fixed and removable prosthodontics with instruction in the physical properties and manipulation of dental materials used in diagnostic and prosthetic procedures. Fabrication of study models and the manipulation gypsum products are emphasized
3
DNTA124 DNTA124 - HIV/AIDS Training
This is a mandated HIV/AIDS training course, Approved by Washington State Department of Health following the requirements of the WAC 296-823-099-18055.
1
DNTA127 DNTA127 - Office Administration
This course focuses on the basic business administration skills, necessary to manage a dental office. Customer service, appointment scheduling, patient files, record management, maintaining an inventory system, and familiarization with dental software programs are included. The use of mathematics to maintain records and accounts is emphasized
3
DNTA128 DNTA128 - Dental Sciences II
An introduction to various dental sciences to include; dental radiography, preventive health care, selected specialty procedure, dental dam, and restorative procedures. An advanced chairside assisting course related to coronal polish, fluoride, and selected procedures
DNTA110, DNTA111, DNTA112, DNTA120, DNTA122, DNTA127, DNTA114, DNTA121, DNTA124 3
DNTA130 DNTA130 - Dental Sciences III
This course is a continuation of the various dental sciences to include; dental anesthesia cavity classifications and rotary instruments
3
DNTA131 DNTA131 - Chairside Assisting II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in DNTA 121, students learn to process new patients, chart information, and prepare rotary instruments. Students learn more advanced chairside skills including identification of hand instruments and tray set-ups
3
DNTA134 DNTA134 - Chairside Assisting III
In this course, students learn to apply dental dams and prepare anesthetics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first trimester
3
DNTA139 DNTA139 - Restorative Services I
This course is an introduction to the materials and techniques used for the usage of common restorative materials and cavity classifications. Students learn to place and remove matrix and wedges.
5
DNTA144 DNTA144 - Dental Radiology
An advanced course in dental radiography. Students apply both theory and practical applications in the area of production radiation including the taking and processing of dental x-rays. Content also covers digital radiography, quality assessment, and technique errors. Students will mount and evaluate full mouth series of radiographs using the paralleling and bisecting techniques. Radiographs will be exposed on manikins and patients
5
DNTA146 DNTA146 - Chairside Assisting IV
This is an advanced chairside assisting course related to restorative procedures, and selected specialty procedures
5
DNTA147 DNTA147 - Dental Materials II
In this course, students learn advanced techniques in fixed and removable prosthodontics, including the manipulation of final impression materials, fabrication of a variety of provisional crowns, and the cementation of fixed appliances
3
DNTA150 DNTA150 - Dental Sciences IV
This is a introduction course, to the specialties of oral surgery and orthodontics. This course will include background, procedures and instrumentation
Completion of all previous courses 128 130 131 134 139 144 146 147 3
DNTA151 DNTA151 - Clinical Experience I
In the Clinical Experience I course, students are assigned to off campus dental offices in the community or the Bates Dental Clinic. Clinical assignments are designed to enhance students competence in performing dental assisting functions with emphasis on chairside assisting, radiograph technique, patient management skills, and professionalism. General Dentistry is emphasized. Weekly seminars are held to evaluate and review clinical applications
5
DNTA152 DNTA152 - Dental Materials III
This course has emphasis on the fabrication of a variety of provisional crowns as well as defining and describing aspects of cosmetic dentistry
4
DNTA153 DNTA153 - Office Administration Applications
In this course, students learn the basic business administration skills necessary to manage a dental office. Fincancial systems to include employee records management will be introduced. The use of mathematics to maintain records and accounts is emphasized. Interview techniques will be reviwed and resumes will be prepared.
2
DNTA162 DNTA162 - Clinical Experience II
In the Clinical Experience II course, students will apply the skills from DNTA 151, into their clinical practice to perfect their skills in performing dental assisting functions including expanded functions. General Dentistry is emphasized. Weekly seminars are held to evaluate and review clinical applications
3
DNTA165 DNTA165 - Clinical Experience III
In the Clinical Experience III course, students will apply the skills obtained from DNTA 151 and DNTA 162, into their clinical practice to perfect their skills in performing dental assisting functions including expanded functions. General Dentistry or Specialty Dentistry is emphasized. Weekly seminars are held to evaluate and review clinical applications
2

Dental Assistant - Certificate of Competency: 90 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
DNTA110 DNTA110 - Introduction to Dental Assisting
This course is an introduction the dental assisting profession including the role of the dental assistant in the dental office, legal and ethical considerations, HIPPA regulation, and dental equipment and terminology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting program
2
DNTA111 DNTA111 - Infection Control
This course is an introduction to microbiology, and the application of standard infection control practices including aseptic techniques in the dental office. Infection control, hazardous waste management and safety standards are emphasized: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting core program
5
DNTA112 DNTA112 - Biomedical Sciences
This course is an introduction to the biomedical sciences and their application to the dental assisting industry: anatomy and physiology, embryology, histology, and morphology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting core program
5
DNTA114 DNTA114 - Dental Sciences I
In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of oral pathology, pediatric dentistry, nutrition, and pharmacology. Prerequisite: Must be admitted into the Dental Assisting core program
4
DNTA120 DNTA120 - Introduction to Chairside Assisting
In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals of chairside assisting including patient management, assessment of the patients medical health history, medical emergencies, and students role in patient care
4
DNTA121 DNTA121 - Chairside Assisting I
This is an introduction course that focuses on the fundamentals of chairside assisting including recording dental chart information, instrument transfer, maintaining the operating field, coronal polish, apply dental sealants, and the skills necessary to assist in the delivery of dental services to patients in a pre-clinical environment
4
DNTA122 DNTA122 - Dental Materials I
This course is an introduction to fixed and removable prosthodontics with instruction in the physical properties and manipulation of dental materials used in diagnostic and prosthetic procedures. Fabrication of study models and the manipulation gypsum products are emphasized
3
DNTA124 DNTA124 - HIV/AIDS Training
This is a mandated HIV/AIDS training course, Approved by Washington State Department of Health following the requirements of the WAC 296-823-099-18055.
1
DNTA127 DNTA127 - Office Administration
This course focuses on the basic business administration skills, necessary to manage a dental office. Customer service, appointment scheduling, patient files, record management, maintaining an inventory system, and familiarization with dental software programs are included. The use of mathematics to maintain records and accounts is emphasized
3
DNTA128 DNTA128 - Dental Sciences II
An introduction to various dental sciences to include; dental radiography, preventive health care, selected specialty procedure, dental dam, and restorative procedures. An advanced chairside assisting course related to coronal polish, fluoride, and selected procedures
DNTA110, DNTA111, DNTA112, DNTA120, DNTA122, DNTA127, DNTA114, DNTA121, DNTA124 3
DNTA130 DNTA130 - Dental Sciences III
This course is a continuation of the various dental sciences to include; dental anesthesia cavity classifications and rotary instruments
3
DNTA131 DNTA131 - Chairside Assisting II
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in DNTA 121, students learn to process new patients, chart information, and prepare rotary instruments. Students learn more advanced chairside skills including identification of hand instruments and tray set-ups
3
DNTA134 DNTA134 - Chairside Assisting III
In this course, students learn to apply dental dams and prepare anesthetics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first trimester
3
DNTA139 DNTA139 - Restorative Services I
This course is an introduction to the materials and techniques used for the usage of common restorative materials and cavity classifications. Students learn to place and remove matrix and wedges.
5
DNTA144 DNTA144 - Dental Radiology
An advanced course in dental radiography. Students apply both theory and practical applications in the area of production radiation including the taking and processing of dental x-rays. Content also covers digital radiography, quality assessment, and technique errors. Students will mount and evaluate full mouth series of radiographs using the paralleling and bisecting techniques. Radiographs will be exposed on manikins and patients
5
DNTA146 DNTA146 - Chairside Assisting IV
This is an advanced chairside assisting course related to restorative procedures, and selected specialty procedures
5
DNTA147 DNTA147 - Dental Materials II
In this course, students learn advanced techniques in fixed and removable prosthodontics, including the manipulation of final impression materials, fabrication of a variety of provisional crowns, and the cementation of fixed appliances
3
DNTA150 DNTA150 - Dental Sciences IV
This is a introduction course, to the specialties of oral surgery and orthodontics. This course will include background, procedures and instrumentation
Completion of all previous courses 128 130 131 134 139 144 146 147 3
DNTA151 DNTA151 - Clinical Experience I
In the Clinical Experience I course, students are assigned to off campus dental offices in the community or the Bates Dental Clinic. Clinical assignments are designed to enhance students competence in performing dental assisting functions with emphasis on chairside assisting, radiograph technique, patient management skills, and professionalism. General Dentistry is emphasized. Weekly seminars are held to evaluate and review clinical applications
5
DNTA152 DNTA152 - Dental Materials III
This course has emphasis on the fabrication of a variety of provisional crowns as well as defining and describing aspects of cosmetic dentistry
4
DNTA153 DNTA153 - Office Administration Applications
In this course, students learn the basic business administration skills necessary to manage a dental office. Fincancial systems to include employee records management will be introduced. The use of mathematics to maintain records and accounts is emphasized. Interview techniques will be reviwed and resumes will be prepared.
2
DNTA162 DNTA162 - Clinical Experience II
In the Clinical Experience II course, students will apply the skills from DNTA 151, into their clinical practice to perfect their skills in performing dental assisting functions including expanded functions. General Dentistry is emphasized. Weekly seminars are held to evaluate and review clinical applications
3
DNTA165 DNTA165 - Clinical Experience III
In the Clinical Experience III course, students will apply the skills obtained from DNTA 151 and DNTA 162, into their clinical practice to perfect their skills in performing dental assisting functions including expanded functions. General Dentistry or Specialty Dentistry is emphasized. Weekly seminars are held to evaluate and review clinical applications
2

Students prepare for careers as chair side dental assistants, dental office managers, and infection control specialists. The program is designed in accordance with American Dental Association guidelines and is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. After completing industry-specific competencies, students may take the Dental Assisting national board examination to earn nationally recognized credentials as a certified dental assistant. Note: General education requirements must be taken 1) prior to entering the program or, 2) before or after the regularly schedule dental assisting coursework.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Apply infection control and safety guidelines in the dental setting.
  2. Collect diagnostic treatment data.
  3. Perform clinical supportive treatments.
  4. Take diagnostic radiographs.
  5. Perform dental laboratory procedures.
  6. Provide patient oral health instruction.
  7. Assist in managing medical emergencies.
  8. Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Shawn Adams

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  • Teri Amundsen

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  • Patty Reno

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