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Dental Assistant Certification

Offered at: Larimer

The Dental Assisting program provides an excellent education that prepares students to become a contributing member of the dental profession and meet the needs of diverse populations. The program's focus on effective communication, critical thinking, information and technology literacy, quantitative reasoning and professionalism prepares students to succeed in a highly competitive, global economy.

Dental Assisting

46 credits
(3 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to assist dentists in all aspects of dental treatment. You will graduate with skills in office management, clinical assisting, laboratory procedures, dental radiography, and infection control.

The program includes courses at the Larimer Campus and clinical experiences at sites in northern Colorado. The Front Range Dental Clinic, staffed by licensed dentists and dental hygienists, is located on the FRCC campus and offers an additional clinical experience.

FRCC’s program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Dental Assisting certificate: See required courses by semester.

See certificate requirements.

See Dental course descriptions.

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What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Calculate, interpret, apply, evaluate, and communicate numerical information.
  2. Use critical thinking and clinical reasoning to make patient-centered care decisions.
  3. Have collaborative relationships with members of the clinical team, patient, faculty, community dental practices and peers in written and verbal communications.
  4. Use information management principles, techniques, and systems to manage knowledge, support decision making and reduce errors in the dental patient care and their own personal academic knowledge.
  5. Provide compassionate, ethical, legal, and professional patient care.
  6. Present themselves in a professional manner while in the dental clinic on campus and at internship sites.
  7. Establish and maintain a safe learning and working environment following the guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  8. Take and pass the Dental Assisting National Board Exam.

Dental Assistant Salary

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Dental Assistant
$27,807
$38,595
$43,990

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2016)

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