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Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP)

Dental AssistingWhat 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 management duties.

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.

Entrance Requirements/Registration

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 is required.

Applicants must submit the following for course registration:

50001 Fall 2014 Session
Tuesday, Sept. 2 - Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Registration Form
- Registration for Fall Session begins March 5, 2014.

COST: $950 plus the cost of books, licensing exam and licensing application fees.

Program Review

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 Education Department.

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 www.hvcc.edu/catalog/policies/ferpa.html

Refunds
The following refund policy pertains to this course.

Prior to start of course 100% refund
During first week of class 75% refund
During second week of class 50% refund
During third week of class 25% refund
After third week of class No refund

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?

You must:

  • Meet the computer requirements. You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection that meets the minimum system and browser requirements. To test your system for compatibility go to http://my.hvcc.edu and click on Check System & Browser Requirements in the Getting Started area.

    Please be advised that not all of Blackboard's features and functionalities are supported on mobile devices. You still need access to a computer to take an online course.

  • Be able to type on the computer to complete papers,e-mails and online discussions. If you cannot type,we recommend you learn how to type before enrolling in an online course.

  • Have proficient reading and writing skills. The majority of communication in online learning courses is done in writing.

  • Be comfortable using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect. You should be familiar with sending e-mail and using basic functions such as "copy" and "paste."

  • Be able to utilize the Hudson Valley Community College WebMail e-mail system for communication with your instructor and class.

  • Be able to budget your time and priorities. Online learning courses are NOT self-paced. They follow the semester calendar as far as registration, mid-terms,finals, etc. Homework and other assignments, tests and quizzes are due on a regular basis.

Dental Assisting Links

Program Instructors

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 is the Dental Assisting Program Coordinator 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).