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.
Program Requirements (37 hours)
|DENT103||Dental Materials||5 credits|
|DENT109||Preventative Dentistry/Oral Health Care||1 credits|
|DENT118||Dental Assisting||3 credits|
|DENT119||Dental Terminology||1 credits|
|DENT128||Community Field Experience||1 credits|
|DENT145||Bio-Dental Science||3 credits|
|DENT160||Dental Radiology||4 credits|
|DENT167||Oral Medicine||2 credits|
|DENT170||Clinical Training/Practicum I||7 credits|
|DENT209||Professional Ethics||2 credits|
|DENT220||Dental Office Management||2 credits|
|DENT226||Dental Pharmacology||1 credits|
|DENT233||Laboratory Procedures||2 credits|
|DENT270||Clinical Training/Practicum II||3 credits|
Related Studies (14 hours)
|AH113||Medical Terminology*||2 credits|
|CSA150||Computer Fundamentals*||3 credits|
|ENG111||Freshman Composition I*||3 credits|
|PSYC101||Introduction to Psychology*||3 credits|
|SPCH111||Public Speaking* -or-||3 credits|
|SPCH112||Interpersonal 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.
Program Director: Susan GrohmanPhone: (505)454-2527
Program Advisor: Gloria Pacheco,Phone: (505)454-2528
ACCESS Center Personnel
Director: Renee MaestasPhone: (505)454-5355
Advisor: Melissa LopezPhone: (505)454-5357