Dental Assisting

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.

Coursework 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.

Coastal Carolina Community College offers a Diploma. This has been identified as a limited enrollment program and may involve certain deadlines. See an academic counselor for additional information. The appropriate coursework is listed below.

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  • Dental Assisting Diploma (D45240)
Course Requirements for Dental Assisting Diploma

Curriculum Code: D45240

For course descriptions, please refer to the current catalog.

Fall Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Clinic Credit
BIO 106 Introduction to Anat/Phys/Micro 2 2 0 3
DEN 100 Basic Orofacial Anatomy 2 0 0 2
DEN 101 Preclinical Procedures 4 6 0 7
DEN 102 Dental Materials 2 4 0 4
DEN 111 Infection/Hazard Control 2 0 0 2
12 12 0 18

Spring Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Clinic Credit
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
DEN 103 Dental Sciences 2 0 0 2
DEN 104 Dental Health Education 2 2 0 3
DEN 106 Clinical Practice I 2 0 12 6
DEN 112 Dental Radiography 2 3 0 3
ENG 102 Applied Communications II 3 0 0 3
13 7 12 20

Summer Semester

Hours Per Week

Course ID Course Title Class Lab Clinic Credit
DEN 105 Practice Management 2 0 0 2
DEN 107 Clinical Practice II 1 0 12 5
PSY 118 Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
6 0 12 10
Total Semester Hours: 48

APPROVED course substitutions
REQUIRED COURSE                                                                    COURSE SUBSTITUTION
*ENG 102 Applied Communications II                      ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
PSY 118 Interpersonal Psychology                            PSY 150 General Psychology

All functions which are legally delegable to Dental Assistants II in North Carolina are taught to clinical competency with the exception of the following.

  1. Adjusting full and partial dentures
  2. Removing periodontal dressing
  3. Placing ligature wire or lock pins
  4. Inserting spacer wires or springs

Programs in dental assisting and dental hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff, or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 2719.

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