Dental Assisting Certificate

Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the CODA as a Dental Assistant. Some specific tasks that may be performed may include assisting the dentist to provide oral healthcare during a variety of procedures, exposing and processing x‐rays, preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment, and educating patients in various post‐operative care and treatment.

North Central State College partners with an Adult Educational Center in the region for the Dental Assisting Certificate program. It allows students to complete a series of coordinated courses in a shorter period of time than an associate degree. Students in associate degree programs may benefit from adding a certificate to their areas of expertise. A minimum of a 2.00 grade-point average must be obtained for all required courses in order to receive a certificate.

This certificate can be applied towards a Health Services Technology Associate Degree.

Upon successful completion of a certificate program, a Certificate Request form must be submitted to the Student Records Office in order to receive a certificate

Required Courses

Courses

DENT 1010 - Introduction to Dental Assisting

This is the first of three courses that when successfully completed will comply with all Ohio Dental Board requirements allowing the student to test for the Dental Radiographer License in Ohio and the certification test for Ohio Dental Assistant. This is a multi-facade course that covers introduction to the profession of dental assisting, dental anatomy, infection control, health history of patient, emergency procedures in the dental clinic, and preventive dental assisting procedures. Semesters Available: Fall - Eve

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 6
Lab Hours: 6
Required Prerequisite Course: Take ENGL 0040 and MATH 0084 (minimum grade of C- required for all); or qualifying placement test scores

DENT 1030 - Dental Assisting Procedures I

This is the second of three courses that when successfully completed will comply with all Ohio Dental Board requirements allowing the student to test for the Dental Radiographer License in Ohio and the certification test for Ohio Dental Assistant. This is a multi-facade course that covers dentist chair side assistance, dental specialties, and dental laboratory procedures. Semesters Available: Spring - Eve

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 6
Lab Hours: 6
Required Prerequisite Course: Take DENT 1010;

DENT 1050 - Dental Assisting Procedures II

This is the third of three courses that when successfully completed will comply with all Ohio Dental Board requirements allowing the student to test for the Dental Radiographer License in Ohio and the certification test for Ohio Dental Assistant. This is a multi-facade course that covers dental business office, radiographic, communication, and professionalism procedures. There will be a practicum and practicum seminar completed with dentist to apply the competencies learned throughout the program. Semesters Available: Summer - EVE

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 6
Lab Hours: 3
Practicum Hours: 7
Required Prerequisite Course: Take DENT 1030;

Total Credit Hours: 24