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Academic Programs - School of Health Sciences

Dental Assisting
Certificate
HEGIS #5202
Chairperson: Judith E. DiLorenzo
Fitzgibbons Hall, Room 157, (518) 629-7442

This one-year dental assisting program prepares graduates for entry-level employment within the dental industry and for all requirements to become a New York State Licensed Certified Dental Assistant. Students are taught to perform chairside assisting, related laboratory and office procedures and all delegable expanded functions permitted by the State Education Department of New York. Instruction includes 27 credit hours of coursework offered in a online format and 225 hours of hands-on clinical experience through a formal clinical internship.

Upon completion of this program, students will be required to pass either the New York State Professional Dental Assisting Examination or the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB) in order to apply for licensure in New York State; there is an additional fee for the examination and licensure process.

Please note additional policies regarding Heath Science programs: Unsatisfactory pre-clinical, clinical, practicum and academic performance will result in students being dismissed from a health science program. The respective health science program faculty will make all recommendations for re-admission. All decisions will be based upon an individual student review process. Re-admission will require students to successfully repeat previous clinical, practicum and/or academic courses that faculty require. In addition, if a student is dismissed from the program, the student may be required to provide evidence of growth in necessary areas as identified by the faculty at the time of dismissal. Dismissed students must reapply under the program’s current admission procedure.

Once a student has been re-admitted to a program, core curricular courses must be completed in term sequence without interruption. Any student who misses a term may not be permitted to continue in the program.

Students who are dismissed from Health Science Programs at Hudson Valley or other institutions due to inappropriate or dangerous clinical behavior and/or personal misconduct during patient interactions will not be allowed admission to any Hudson Valley Health Science program or Health Science course with a clinical component. A notation will be placed on the student’s academic transcript indicating the student was dismissed from the Dental Assisting program.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Notes High School Average
None CPR certification for health professionals (adult, child and infant CPR). N/A

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

DAST 105**

Dental Anatomy and Embryology

3

DAST 107**

Dental Assisting Radiology

3

DAST 108**

Dental Materials for Dental Assistants

3

DAST 110**

Dental Assisting Clinical Experience I

2

DAST 111**

Dental Assisting I

5

DAST 115**

Oral Hygiene Education and Nutrition

3

DAST 118**

Dental Office Procedures

2

DAST 120**

Dental Assisting Clinical Experience II

3

ENGL 120

Communication

3

 
Total Credits Required
27
*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
** To remain in the program students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses prefixed DAST.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY

FIRST TERM

DAST 105

Dental Anatomy and Embryology

3

DAST 107

Dental Assisting Radiology

3

DAST 110

Dental Assisting Clinical Experience I

2

DAST 111

Dental Assisting I

5

DAST 118

Dental Office Procedures

2

 

Term Total

15

SECOND TERM

DAST 108

Dental Materials for Dental Assistants

3

DAST 115

Oral Hygiene and Nutrition

3

DAST 120

Dental Assisting Clinical Experience II

3

ENGL 120

Communication

3

 

Term Total

12