Dental Assisting Professional Certificate

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Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
# ADED 110C Dental Assisting Science I 3 0 3
# ADED 105C Dental Radiology for Dental Assisting 2 3 3
# ADED 161C Dental Materials - Dental Assisting 2 3 3
# ADED 175C Dental Assisting Theory I 2 0 2
# ADED 191C Dental Assisting Clinical Experience I** 0 4 1
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
  PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Spring Semester
# ADED 111C Dental Assisting Science II 2 0 2
# ADED 155C Oral Hygiene Education/Nutrition 2 0 2
# ADED 182C Office Procedures and Management with Computer Applications 1 0 1
# ADED 196C Dental Assisting Clinical Experience II** 0 15 5
# ADED 239C Concepts of Risk Management 2 0 2
# ADED 275C Dental Assisting Theory II 1 3 2
  ENGL 120C Communications* 3 0 3
Summer Semester
# ADED 298C Dental Assisting Clinical Experience III (6 weeks) 2 8 4
# major field courses.
* May be taken in the Spring or Summer semester in order to access Financial Aid which requires a minimum of six (6) credit hours.
** All students enrolled in a clinical course will be charged a $350 per semester clinical surcharge. The following courses carry this charge: ADED 191C and ADED 196C.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2017-18.

A Professional Certificate in Dental Assisting is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Allied Dental Education Program's Dental Assisting Course is the only Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredited Program in the State of New Hampshire. The one year program offers students an excellent opportunity to become involved in a health care profession as a member of the dental team in private dental offices, public dental clinics, and institutions.

The dental assistant must possess knowledge of procedures and practices in patient care, laboratory work, and office management. The Dental Assisting Program emphasizes clinical training in the campus clinic and in private dental offices. Theoretical courses are enhanced by laboratory experiences, and students perfect their clinical skills working in a variety of dental offices including general and specialty practices.

Students in the dental assisting program may be exposed to infectious disease and bloodborne pathogens. For this reason, students receive intensive training in the mechanisms of infection control to protect themselves, their co-workers, and the office clientele. NHTI follows the guide lines of OSHA and the CDC.

As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening. No student will be exempt from this process. Students are provided with procedural and cost information subsequent to admission to the dental assisting program and are responsible for all costs associated with these testing procedures.

Prior to enrollment students are required to provide documentation of certification in CPR (Health Care Provider - American Heart Association or Professional Rescuer - Red Cross ON-LINE COURSES NOT ACCEPTED; must be hands-on CPR).; current medical insurance; a complete physical examination; and documentation of current immunizations . Professional liability insurance is available through the college and automatically charged to the student's account.

This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office. Students may also apply for admission into the Health Sciences Program and, with an additional year of study, receive degrees of Associate in Science with majors in Health Science.

Dental Assisting Mission, Goals & Competencies (PDF or contact (603) 271-6484 x4123).

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement

Transfer Information

Specific Admission Requirements

For Fall 2018 Admission
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than January 26, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission (with the exception of the interview).

  1. A course in high school science (biology or chemistry), or the equivalent, must have been completed with a minimum grade of “C”;
  2. An informational group interview with the Dental Admissions Committee is required; qualified candidates will be contacted after the deadline to arrange an interview;
  3. Observe professional practices in a dental office for a period of not less than twenty (20) hours; please submit the completed Observation Form to the NHTI Admissions Office no later than the application deadline listed above; the form is available in PDF or call the Admissions Office at (603) 230-4011.  Please note: the observation is only valid for 2 years.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

For a complete listing of immunizations and clinical clearance requirements, please see the health requirements for Allied Health students.

Health, Character and Technical Standards
Technical standards have been established as a guidance tool for use in realistically informing the student of minimum standards needed to satisfactorily function in the program and ultimately in the profession. Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards listed below should contact the program officials to discuss individual cases. The program officials will seriously consider all academically qualified candidates providing that the technical standards can be met with reasonable accommodations.

Applicants must be in good physical and mental health in order to qualify for the program to include:

  1. Sitting at chairside for a sustained length of time with frequent reaching and turning;
  2. Manual dexterity to safely perform intraoral instrumentation;
  3. Sufficient hearing to accurately assess patient needs and communicate effectively with co-workers;
  4. Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, operate dental equipment, including x-ray machines; visual acuity (correctable) to work with small measurements and instruments in preparing and manipulating dental materials.

Use of Computers in the Allied Dental Education Programs
Allied Dental Education students will be using computers throughout their programs. Faculty will be instructing them in the application of dental software, as well as the use of conventional software to generate papers, do oral presentations and spreadsheets. To make this process easier for students, it is strongly recommended that they have a good working knowledge of computers before entering the program. Computer literacy courses, such as IT 102, are available through the college.

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Catherine Brock
Dental Assisting Program Coordinator

(603) 271-6484 x4123

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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