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Dental Assisting & Radiology

Dental Assisting & Radiology Course

Become a Dental Assistant Professional

Dental assistants are an integral part of the team that ease patients’ anxieties while assisting the dentist with examinations and treatments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 18 percent through 2024, faster than average.

Dental Assisting & Radiology Training at HCC

In four months, you can be ready for a new career as a Dental Assistant. Training consists of a single noncredit course approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners that is typically held twice a year, in the fall and winter term.

You will learn the basic skills necessary to work as an entry-level dental assistant. Students will learn dental anatomy and terminology, concepts of four-handed dentistry, instrumentation, causes and treatment of common dental diseases, CPR, and concepts in dental radiology and expose radiographs to include at least 24 hours of dental radiology instruction as required by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) for eligibility to sit for the DANB Radiology Health and Safety (RHS) certification exam.  A completed Student Health Profile will be required by the third class session.

The entire program is 100 hours. Upon successful completion, you will earn continuing education certificate and CPR Certification (valid for two years). This hybrid course is a combination of face-to-face lab practice and online internet instruction in addition to an 8 hour participation in a dental office shadowing assignment. Computer literacy and internet access required.  All Tuesday evening lab practice instruction will be held at the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) location and one Saturday (for CPR) at the HCC Hickory Ridge Building location (on the southwest corner of the HCC main campus). Upon successful completion of the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, you will earn the DANB RHS certification.

  • Course Prerequisites

    Course prerequisites include:

    • Be 18 years or older
    • Have a high school diploma or GED
    • Be able to speak and understand standard American English
    • Have internet access and know how to use a computer
    • Have a desire and willingness to work in the dental field upon completion. 
  • Course Costs

    Tuition and fees for the course are $2,456. This includes $1,882 in fees not eligible for waiver. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds issued only until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date.

    You should expect additional course costs if you live outside of Howard County.

    Once you become a dental assisting and radiology student, your tuition and fees also pay for CPR certification, handouts, materials, practice lab, textbooks, DANB (RHS) exam review and practice test, and the DANB exam application fee.

  • After Completing Dental Assisting & Radiology

    Continue to develop your dental career at HCC by enrolling in the two-year credit program that leads to an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene. For more information please contact the Office of Admission and Advising, Nursing and Allied Health Program, 443-518-4230, alliedhealth@howardcc.edu.

    Students who choose to continue their education through this associate's degree program are prepared to become licensed primary health care providers and members of the dental team responsible for preventative aspects of oral health. Students may also continue their education to receive a baccalaureate or master's degree in dental hygiene.

 
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Introduction to Dental Assisting & Radiology *HYBRID*

This hybrid course is a combination of face-to-face lab practice and online internet instruction in addition to an eight-hour participation in a dental office shadowing assignment.

You’ll have entry-level dental assisting job skills with CPR certification (valid for two years) when you successfully complete this noncredit program, approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Topics include dental terminology and anatomy, concepts of four-handed dentistry, instrumentation, causes and treatment of common dental diseases, CPR certification, and at least 24 hours of dental radiology instruction as required by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) for eligibility to sit for the DANB Radiology Health and Safety (RHS) certification exam.

A complete student health profile will be required by the third class session. For more detailed information visit: howardcc.edu/healthcare/dentalassistant.

Pre-requisites:
Must be 18 years or age and have a high school diploma/GED; ability to speak and understand standard Amercian English. CPR certification, handouts, materials, dental equipment and practice lab, textbooks, DANB (RHS) exam review and practice test, as well as DANB exam application fee are included in the tuition/fees cost.

You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate. Standard refund policy does not apply. Refunds are only issued until the day before the class starts. No refunds on or after the class start date. Internet access required.

All Tuesday evening lab practice instruction will be held at the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) location and one Sat, Apr. 28 will be held at the HCC Hickory Ridge Building location (on the southwest corner of the HCC main campus).

Space is limited. Register early before the class fills. 10.0 CEUs.

Tuition: $2,456 (includes $1,882 in fees*)
Tue (See note about the one Saturday date/time below) Jan 30-Jun 19 6PM-10:30PM Maryland State Dental Association & Hickory Ridge XH-195 7340 #4442
No class Apr. 3. This class will also meet on Saturday, Apr. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Hickory Ridge Building on HCC's campus. (You must attend all classroom hours and successfully complete online coursework to receive a certificate. Access to a computer and sufficient computer skills are necessary to participate in this class.) (Mandatory face to face classes held at the MSDA location on Tuesdays Jan 30, Feb 13 & 27, Mar 13 & 27, Apr 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, Jun 5, 12 & 19 (one Sat, Apr 28 at Hickory Ridge).
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