MCC's Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. As such,
graduates are considered a DA II in North Carolina and are eligible to sit for the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) Certification Examination. Upon successful completion, students are awarded the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credential.Dental Assisting is a one-year diploma day program.
The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares health care professionals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.
Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory and clinical experience provides students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry and clinical procedures.
The Dental Assisting program requires 384 hours of clinical practice in a dental office. Clinical practice is supervised by a dentist and dental office staff. Students do not receive monetary compensation for their clinical practice, but work directly with patients and dental office personnel to receive chairside, administrative and laboratory experience.
Some job opportunities for successful graduates include: dental assistants, entry-level dental office administrators, and hygiene assistants. Some settings in which dental assistants may find employment include: private practice, public health facilities and dental speciality offices.
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The Dental Assisting program is located on the main campus of MCC. The laboratory portion of the program allows students to be trained in variety of dental assisting task in a virtual dental office setting. The facility is complete with four, fully-equipped operatories, a laboratory, radiology facilities and a classroom.
The Dental Assisting Club is a voluntary campus organization comprised of students, faculty and staff at MCC. The club works to provide students with opportunities to promote their profession in the community, to participate in fundraisers, outreach activities, conventions and seminars, and to learn about people and agencies that play a vital role in the dental assisting field.
Required notice of opportunity and procedure to file complaints with the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program’s compliance with the 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. Complaints must be received by the commission no later than September 4, 2013. Complaints must be signed. The Commission will remove signatures prior to forwarding the complaint to the Dental Assisting Program Coordinator.
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.
“I was able to see more patients and deliver more efficient care after hiring dental assistant IIs from MCC.”
Joined by: Ryan Ragsdale, MCC Class of 2006
Crystal Heyer, MCC Class of 2008
Charlsie Tyson, MCC Class of 2011
Tara Randall, MCC Class of 2012
and Summer Shelton, D.D.S.