Diploma in Dental Assistant

The Dental Assistant program at Missouri College is designed to prepare students to assist in a variety of dental office situations. Students receive training in dental anatomy, pathology and terminology, dental instruments and materials, X-rays and radiography, chair-side assisting techniques, as well as dental laboratory and office administration procedures. At the conclusion of the program, graduates who have diligently attended class and their externship, studied and practiced their skills should have the skills to seek entry-level employment as dental assistants.

The Missouri College Dental Assistant diploma program is designed to provide training in dental anatomy, pathology and terminology, dental instruments and materials, X-rays and radiography, chair-side assisting techniques, as well as dental laboratory and office administration procedures. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate accurately and effectively with patients and the dental health team.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in personal, clinical and patient care.
  • Perform the basic skills in order to effectively assist the dentist during clinical chair-side procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manipulate basic and advanced dental materials used in chair-side and laboratory procedures.
  • Perform the necessary technical skills to complete the appropriate variety of X-rays.
  • Practice proper aseptic practices and infection control in all aspects of the dental practice.
  • Identify dental anatomy, terminology and pathology related to dental assisting.
  • Demonstrate compliance with ADA / CDC and OSHA regulations and standards.

Accreditation/Certification Information Disclosure

The Dental Assistant program at Missouri College is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA). Therefore, graduates of Missouri College’s Dental Assisting program are eligible for and encouraged to take the certification exam offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) upon graduation. This credential is a nationally recognized voluntary certification that could enhance employment opportunities. Only graduates of ADA-accredited dental assisting programs are eligible to take this exam upon graduation. However, certification requirements for taking and passing this examination are not controlled by Missouri College but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agency without notice. Therefore, Missouri College cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take this certification exam, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

State Licensure/Registration Information

Licensure and/or registration requirements are controlled by the individual states and are subject to change without notice. Although Missouri does not require dental assistants to obtain state licensure or registration at this time, some states may require this. Missouri College does not control state licensure and/or registration requirements and cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to work as dental assistants in Missouri or other states, at all or at any specific time, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

The core curriculum in this program is structured to include a lecture component, a laboratory component and a clinical component. The final externship portion of the curriculum consists of supervised experiences in a clinical environment, which requires competencies, logs and evaluations completed by the student. Core courses include:

  • In Patient Relations, students study principles and methods to cultivate patient relations, provide beneficial support, reduce anxiety and improve customer satisfaction. Students will examine communication techniques and administrative practices that can be used to promote effective service.
  • In Dental Sciences, coursework includes an in depth study of the head, neck and oral cavity. It also includes instruction in microbiology and pharmacology. It includes instruction in the dental sciences that are essential to the functioning of an advanced level dental assistant.
  • In Externship I, students are placed on a clinical assignment in a dental office. They will have the opportunity to practice the clinical skills necessary to complete their dental assisting education. Faculty will evaluate each student on identified competencies during this assignment. The student must complete 150 externship hours in this course.

Other required courses in this program include:

  • Medical Terminology – All Body Systems
  • Introduction to Dental Assisting
  • Pre Clinical
  • Chairside I
  • Chairside II
  • Lab I
  • Lab II
  • Radiography I
  • Radiography II
  • Practice Management
  • Chairside III
  • Externship II

Course curriculum is subject to change.