Dental Assisting & Radiology
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, which is faster than many other professions.
Dental Assisting & Radiology Training at HCC
In two months, students can be ready for a new career as a Dental Assistant. Students will have entry-level dental assisting job skills upon successful completion of this single, noncredit course which is approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. Upon successful completion of this course, students will earn a continuing education certificate.
This hybrid course is a combination of face-to-face lab practice and online internet instruction. Topics of this course include dental terminology and anatomy, concepts of four-handed dentistry, instrumentation, causes and treatment of common dental diseases, 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. Upon successful completion of the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, students will earn the DANB RHS certification.
All mandatory in-person instruction and lab practice will take place on Wednesday evenings and will be held at the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) location in Columbia, MD. Completion of health forms is required for this course.
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
Tuition and fees for the course are $2,200. This includes $1,560 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.
Students should expect additional course costs if residing outside of Howard County.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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