Dental Assisting

Dental AssistingThe Dental Assisting program at Lake Tahoe Community College consists of three courses. In Dental Assisting and Radiology Part 1 (HEA 147A), students learn the skills necessary to begin a career as an entry-level, back-office Dental Assistant. In Dental Radiology Part 2 (HEA 147B), students learn anatomic interpretation, X-ray technique, and radiation safety. This curriculum is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners. In Dental Radiology Part 3 (HEA 147C), students hone workplace dental assisting skills and take part in a comprehensive externship placement experience. Upon successful completion of all three courses, students are awarded an Employable Skills Certificate in Dental Assisting and a Radiation Safety Certificate (required to work in a California dental office).

Program Learning Outcomes

• Prepare for and pass the California Registered Dental Assisting examination (including Coronal Polishing and California Law and Ethics), as well as the California Registered Dental Assisting examination (written and practical).

All courses from the following (21 units):
HEA 147A Dental Assisting and Radiology, Part i (7.25)
HEA 147B Dental Radiology, Part 2 (8.25)
HEA 147C Dental Radiology, Part 3 (Externship) (5.5)

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