Dental Assistant

Dental-AssistingThe 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 and 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) with reporting requirements. 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 and 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.

    Gainful Employment and Other Student Disclosures

    Below you can find placement rates and other information tailored to your chosen campus and program. Certain disclosures are published on this website to assist students in understanding the facts about their programs.

    disclosureProgram Disclosure Information for:
    Missouri College – Diploma in Dental Assistant


    Employment Rates:

    Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

    Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE):

    Reporting Period: 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014

    Date Submitted: 03/2015

    Campus Rate 76%
    Program Rate NA


    Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS):

    Reporting Period: 7/1/2014 through 6/30/2015

    Date Submitted: 10/2015

    Campus Rate 79%
    Program Rate 88%


    Missouri College – Graduation Rate

    The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
    7/1/2009 and 6/30/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 64%