Students who complete the program are eligible to be certified by the CODA as a Dental Assistant. Some specific tasks that may be performed 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.
Dental Assisting Certificate Courses
- DENT1010 – Introduction to Dental Assisting
- DENT1030 – Dental Assisting Procedures I
- DENT1050 – Dental Assisting Procedures II
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