The Dental Assistant Program is 24-week, seven-course program designed for a comprehensive coverage of dental assistant theory and practice in all aspects of clinical and administrative responsibilities. Students will explore areas such dental sciences including microbiology and cranial anatomy, dental radiography, laboratory procedures including constructing casts, operative dentistry, orthodontics, and dental health. Upon completion of the six courses at NWSC, students will gain hands-on experience during the externship at an affiliated dental facility.
Graduates are trained to work as dental assistants and may find work in dental offices, clinics, or other dental facilities.
Upon completion of the program, the student should be able to:
Work under the direct supervision of a practicing dentist and qualify for the title of Dental Assistant, performing all tasks required in a dental office.
Demonstrate knowledge of the standards of care chairside assisting; proper use of dental instruments; and in exposing, processing, and monitoring radiographs.
Demonstrate knowledge of disinfection, sterilization, infection control, handling and disposing of hazardous materials and
sharps; mixing techniques of laboratory materials, tray setups, and assistance in chairside restorative procedures.
Demonstrate the use of instruments and sequential procedures of orthodontic treatments.