Dental Assisting Professional Certificate

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
Summary of Estimated Additional Expenses
Some of the Dental Assisting Clinics and Labs may be held during evening hours.
# 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 $500 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 2019-20.

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.

The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is:

Students in the Dental Assisting Program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases while providing clinical services.  It is for this reason that students are provided with instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures, to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Drug/Alcohol Testing
As a pre-clinical requirement, students will be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug and alcohol screening through agencies chosen by the Dental Assisting program.  In addition, all students are subject to random screening throughout the program.  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.

Clinical Clearance
Once admitted to the Dental Assisting Program, students must provide verification of Clinical Clearance from the Health Services Office by July 17th.  Clinical Clearance forms are completed by the staff of the NHTI Health Services Office.  Failure to submit this information will prohibit the student from entering the program.

For a complete list of Clinical Clearance health requirements for NHTI Allied Health Programs, see the Health Services web page at

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).

Transfer Information

Specific Admission Requirements

For Fall 2020 Admission
Preference will be given to applicants whose applications are complete and received by the NHTI Admissions Office no later than March 6, 2020 for Fall 2020 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.  Please note: the observation is only valid for 2 years. A form is available at (Dental office employees are not required to complete the hours of observation, but are required to complete and submit the form.)
  4. Also, see Health, Character, and Technical Standards for additional requirements.

Please Note: Students who wish to enter the Dental Assisting program and are currently enrolled in another NHTI program must complete and submit the Change of Program form prior to the application deadline listed above.

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
Students must be aware of the abilities and characteristics that are necessary to complete the dental assisting program requirements and function as a dental assistant. NHTI does not discriminate in the administration of its admissions and educational programs, activities, or employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or marital status. The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 established that reasonable accommodations be provided to students with disabilities. Under the law, reasonable accommodations will be made for eligible students with disabilities to the extent there is no fundamental alteration to curriculum, course objectives, or health, character and technical standards of the course. Failure to consistently exhibit the technical standards for a career in dental assisting may result in dismissal from the dental assisting program.

The NHTI, Concord’s Community College Professional Certificate of Dental Assisting is awarded to those who successfully complete and prove competence in all program requirements. Therefore, the student must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviors deemed essential for the practice of dental assisting. The following technical standards describe the essential skills a student must possess in the areas of intellect, sensory function, communication, fine and gross motor function and behavior.

In order to assume the responsibilities and perform the duties of a dental assistant, individuals must be able to satisfactorily possess the following:

  1. Intellectual abilities requiring reason, analysis, problem solving, critical thinking, self-evaluation and lifelong learning skills are required. Students must be able to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. Comprehension of three-dimensional and spatial relationships is necessary. Consistent, accurate and quick integration of information is required, especially in emergency situations.
  2. Somatic sensation and functional use of all senses is required. Students must be able to observe demonstrations at a distance and close at hand. Students must be able to see fine detail and focus at several distances. The student must be able to discern variations in color, shape and texture in order to differentiate normal and abnormal signs and symptoms. The student must possess sufficient hearing to assess patient needs and communicate effectively with coworkers. The student must have sufficient eyesight to observe patients, operate dental equipment, including dental x-ray machines. The student must possess visual acuity (correctable) to work with small measurements and instruments in preparing and manipulating dental materials.
  3. Ability to sit chair-side for a sustained length of time with frequent reaching and turning.
  4. Sufficient fine and gross motor function is required to safely perform intraoral instrumentation, manipulation of small objects, equipment, tools, and materials. Student must possess gross motor ability to perform functions such as basic life support, transfer, and position of patients as well as operate around the patient and dental chair. Able to operate both foot and hand controls.
  5. Students must be able to communicate effectively with patients, peers, faculty and guests. Individuals must have sufficient command of the English language in order to retrieve information from textbooks, lectures, exams, etc. Students must be able to communicate in verbal, nonverbal and written form.
  6. Students must possess the emotional health required to exercise good judgment and prompt completion of all responsibilities associated with patient care. Professionalism, compassion, integrity, empathy, and respect for patients are all personal qualities that are necessary for the dental assistant. Students must be able to endure physically taxing workloads and function under stress. A student must be able to accept constructive criticism and respond appropriately by modifying behavior.

Failure to consistently exhibit the technical standards for a career in dental assisting may result in dismissal from the dental assisting program.

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 IST 102C, are available through the college.

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