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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

Certificate

Dental assistants perform a growing variety of duties in the dental field. Duties include but are not limited to: therapeutic communication, multicultural interaction, psychology, oral health, preventive techniques, nutrition, chair side instrumentation, infection control, equipment safety, equipment maintenance, dental office emergencies and pain/anxiety management. The New Mexico State Board of Dental Health has implemented new standards that include certification in coronal polishing, topical fluoride as well as pit and fissure sealants. The assistant is responsible for all preparation of dental office procedures, chair side assisting, and reception activities. The demanding versatility requires a person dedicated to the profession and a commitment to function as a dental health care team member.

Completion of this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vocational/Technical Studies.

Institutional Proficiency Requirements

In addition to the courses listed below for this program of study, students must also complete institutional proficiency of MATH075 that is outlined on page 77 to meet all graduation requirements.

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Certificate Requirements - Minimum of 51 Credit Hours Print Requirements

Program Requirements        (37 hours)
DENT103Dental Materials 5 credits
DENT109Preventative Dentistry/Oral Health Care 1 credits
DENT118Dental Assisting 3 credits
DENT119Dental Terminology 1 credits
DENT128Community Field Experience 1 credits
DENT145Bio-Dental Science 3 credits
DENT160Dental Radiology 4 credits
DENT167Oral Medicine 2 credits
DENT170Clinical Training/Practicum I 7 credits
DENT209Professional Ethics 2 credits
DENT220Dental Office Management 2 credits
DENT226Dental Pharmacology 1 credits
DENT233Laboratory Procedures 2 credits
DENT270Clinical Training/Practicum II 3 credits
Related Studies        (14 hours)
AH113Medical Terminology* 2 credits
CSA150Computer Fundamentals* 3 credits
ENG111Freshman Composition I* 3 credits
PSYC101Introduction to Psychology* 3 credits
SPCH111Public Speaking* -or- 3 credits
SPCH112Interpersonal Communication* 3 credits

Note: * Dental Assistant prerequisite courses of AH113, CSA150, ENG111, MATH075, PSYC101 and SPCH111 or SPCH112 must be completed prior to entrance into the program. AH113 and MATH075 were previously offered as BIO103 and MATH105 respectively.

Dental Assisting Certificate Curriculum Profile 2012-2015

Dental Assisting Program Student Handbook 2012-2013

Gainful Employment Dental Assistant Information

Program Resources

Program Director: Susan Grohman
Phone: (505)454-2527
Email: sgrohman@luna.edu
Program Advisor: Gloria Pacheco,
Phone: (505)454-2528
Email: gpacheco@luna.edu

ACCESS Center Personnel

Director: Renee Maestas
Phone: (505)454-5355
Email: rmaestas@luna.edu
Advisor: Janice Medrano
Phone: (505)454-2546
Email: jmedrano@luna.edu

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