Dental Assisting & Radiology
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 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 $2,496. This includes $1,907 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, 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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Enroll in Course for the Current Term
This 40-hour externship provides students who are completing the Introduction to Dental Assisting and Radiology course with valuable hands-on experience in a dental practice working under the supervision of a dentist. You will work alongside a dental provider in a local dental office, using concepts and skills acquired during your classroom training, such as universal precautions, infection control measures, effective communication skills, and preparing patients and instruments for dental exams. Working as part of the dental staff team, you will gain first-hand experience in the professional, legal and ethical requirements of the dental office setting.
Prerequisite: You must be currently enrolled in the Introduction to Dental Assisting and Radiology (XH-195 7296 #7147).