Dental Assistant

Program Description:

The Dental Assistant Program is a cooperative effort between Mountwest Community & Technical College and Putnam Career & Technical Center. Dental assistants perform a range of patient care, office and laboratory duties. They are an integral part of the dental office, acting as a second pair of hands for a dentist. Ultimately, their role is to make certain that the examination of a patient is performed efficiently. Almost all jobs for dental assistants are in dental offices.

REQUIRED COURSES1,2,3
(Suggested Sequence)

Course Course Title Hours
DA 241 Biomedical Science 4
DA 243 Clinical Science 4
DA 244 Dental Assisting General Studies 3
DA 246 Dental Science 4
DA 247 Dental Specialties 2
DA 248 Dental Terminology 2
     
DA 242 Dental Assisting Clinical Practice 4
DA 245 Dental Assisting Clinical Mentoring 6
DA 249 Supervised Dental Assisting Experience 3
DA 250 Dental Specialties II 2
DA 251 Dental Terminology II 2
     
AH 151 Medical Terminology4 3
ENL 111 Written Communication4 3
IT 101 Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE) 3
  Human Biology Elective6 3
  Math Elective7 3
     
AH 216 Pharmacology8 3
AH 220 Nutrition4 3
BIOL 210 Microbiology 3
COM 112
or
COM 125
Oral Communication4

Interpersonal Communication4
3
  Social Science Elective9 3

1. All non-DA courses are offered at Mountwest Community & Technical College.
2. Dental Assistant (DA) courses are delivered at Putnam Career and Technical Center at Eleanor, WV.
3. All third semester Dental Assistant (DA) courses must be completed with a “C” or better.
4. AH 151, COM 112, COM 125, and AH 220 have a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
5. ENL 111 has a prerequisite of ENL 095, or placement in 100-level English, and REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
6. Human Biology Electives include: BIOL 102, BIOL 257, BIOL 258, BIOL 260, or BIOL 265.
7. Choose any MAT 100-level or above.
8. AH 216 has a prerequisite of AH 151.
9. Choose from EC, HIST, PSYC, SS 100-level or above.

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