What is a Dental Assistant?
The dental assistant is an important member of the
dental health care team. The dental assistant is directly
involved in patient care, such as reducing patient
anxiety, preparing and sterilizing dental instruments;
mixing dental materials; and exchanging instruments
to the dentist at chairside during procedures. Other
duties may include laboratory and office practice
The Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP)
provides the required education and clinical experience
in order to be eligible for licensure as a Registered
Dental Assistant (RDA) in New York State as a Certified
Licensed Dental Assistant.
The ADAP student MUST have a high school diploma
or its equivalent and be presently employed as a dental
assistant by a dentist who will act as a preceptor for the
duration of the ADAP program. 3,500 hours experience
Applicants must submit the following for course registration:
Current CPR certification
High School diploma or its equivalent
Presently employed as a dental assistant by a
dentist who will act as a preceptor for the
duration of the ADAP program
- ADAP Agreement
50001 Fall 2013 Session
Tuesday, Sept. 3 - Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Registration Form - Registration for Fall Session begins March 6, 2013.
COST: $950 plus the cost of books, licensing exam and licensing application fees.
Topic information will be presented in an online
distance learning format . This format includes 15
modules and an additional 1000 hours of dental
assisting work experience that will continue after
the modules are completed.
ADAP is designed specifically for the experienced,
unlicensed dental assistant and will focus on all
required course content areas as prescribed by the
New York State Education Department. This course
will provide adequate preparation to take the Certified
Dental Assistant (CDA) examination administered by
the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become
a New York State registered Dental Assistant (RDA).
Additional self-study is highly recommended since
this course is designed as an overview of acquired
knowledge. Students may work ahead of the class
schedule but may not fall behind.
ADAP requirements include submitting all SCEF, receiving
a 75 grade or better, completing additional 1000 clinical
hours of relevant work experience will start on the
first day of class. These hours must be completed within
5 years of the start of the program. Upon receiving
Hudson Valley Community College's Dental Assistant
Certificate of Completion, the graduate may apply for
either the National Certification (CDA) or the New York
Professional Dental Assisting exam. Both exams are
administered by the Dental Assisting National Board
(DANB). Upon passing the DANB exam(s) the graduate
then should apply for licensure from the New York State
Additional information (these forms do not need to be returned).
Note: A 27-credit online certificate program is available
for students who do not meet the requirements to enroll
in the ADAP program. For further information regarding
the certificate program, contact the Admission’s Office at (518) 629-7309.
Payment and Refund Information
Please note if you are being sponsored by a third party
to participate in this course that due to federal privacy
regulations the college is unable to disclose information
from a student’s education to anyone other than the
student unless a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act) form is on file with the college and the
third party sponsor is so named. For more information
and to download a copy of the FERPA form go to
The following refund policy pertains to this course.
|Prior to start of course
|During first week of class
|During second week of class
|During third week of class
|After third week of class
All requests for a refund must be submitted in writing.
All refunds will be in the form of a check and typically
take 14 to 21 days to be processed. If your registration
was paid by a third party please include in your refund
request who the check should be made payable to.
Are there any computer requirements?
To be a successful online learning student you should
have access to a computer that meets these minimum
- Have access to a computer that meets these
- Windows XP or higher, or Mac OSX 10.x or higher
- 56K modem or broadband Internet connection
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x or higher, Mozilla
Firefox 2.x or higher, Apple Safari 2.x or higher
(other browsers may work, but all features may
not function properly).
To test your system for compatibility go to http://my.hvcc.edu and click on Check System & Browser
Requirements in the Getting Started area.
- Be comfortable using a word processing program.
You should also be familiar with sending e-mail and
using basic functions such as “copy” and “paste.”
Dental Assisting Links
Judy DiLorenzo, RDH, MA
Department Chair, Dental Hygiene
Ms. DiLorenzo earned her Dental Hygiene degree from
the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists. She received
her B.S. at Northeastern University and her M.A. at
SUNY Empire State College. She has been the department
chair since 2000.
Ann Gallerie, RDA, CDA, AS
Ms. Gallerie has experience as a dental assisting educator
at Hudson Valley Community College and is the technical
assistant for the Dental Hygiene Department. Ms.
Gallerie is a graduate of the Dental Assisting Certificate
Program at Hudson Valley. She received her A.S. at
Hudson Valley Community College and is a licensed
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) from the New York
State Education Department. She also holds her national
certification as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) given
by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).
Gabriele Hamm, RDA, CDA, CDPMA, AS
Ms. Hamm has experience as a dental assisting educator
at Hudson Valley Community College, and as the
program assistant for the Dental Hygiene Department.
Ms. Hamm is a graduate of the Dental Assisting
Certificate Program at Westchester Para-professional
School. She received her A.S. at Hudson Valley
Community College and is a licensed Registered Dental
Assistant (RDA) from the New York State Education
Department. She also holds her national certification as
a Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator
(CDPMA) and a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) given
by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).