2019-2020 College Catalog 
    Nov 27, 2020  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting Diploma

Program Code: D45240


(Program is offered through an Instructional Service Agreement with Wayne Community College.)

Interested students are encouraged to contact a counselor in the Office of Admissions to obtain information about the program.

The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

Dental Assisting Diploma, Semester-By-Semester Plan  

General Education Courses: 6 Hours

English: 3 Hours

Social/Behavioral Sciences: 3 Hours

Students are required to demonstrate competency in CIS 070 and the equivalent of MAT 060 or DMA 010-030 within five years prior to enrollment.

Major Courses: 42 Hours

Required Core Courses: 34 Hours

  • DEN 101 Preclinical Procedures* Credits: 7
  • DEN 102 Dental Materials* Credits 4
  • DEN 103 - Dental Sciences * Credits: 2
  • DEN 104 - Dental Health Education * Credits: 3
  • DEN 105 - Practice Management * Credits: 2
  • DEN 106 - Clinical Practice I * Credits: 6
  • DEN 107 - Clinical Practice II * Credits: 5
  • DEN 111 - Infection/Hazard Control Credits: 2
  • DEN 112 - Dental Radiography * Credits: 3

Required Subject Areas: 2 Hours

  • DEN 100 - Basic Orofacial Anatomy * Credits: 2

Total Dental Assisting Diploma: 48 Credits

*DEN Courses must be completed through Wayne Community College.

The Diploma in Dental Assisting will be awarded by WCC upon successful completion of all requirements.

All General Education courses may be taken at Lenoir Community College.