The Dental Assistant program offers technical training to persons who want to work in dental offices or clinics. Students gain clinical and expanded function experience while assisting dentists in various treatment procedures in the campus dental clinic and in community dental offices. The program prepares its graduates for employment in dentistry by emphasizing current concepts in clinical dental assisting, developing proper work ethics, particularly in regard to accuracy, safety, conduct on the job, and recognizing the value of continuing education.
The program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Graduating students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Examination, and the Radiation Health and Safety, and General Chairside Examination. Successful graduates receive a Dental Assistant Certificate and are eligible to apply for the Oregon Expanded Function and Radiological Proficiency Certificates.
The Dental Assistant program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits (See "Program Information" below for more details).