The Dental Assisting program at LTCC 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 radiology curriculum is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners. In Dental Radiology, Part 3 (Externship) (HEA 147C), students hone their workplace dental assisting skills and take part in a comprehensive externship placement experience. Upon successful completion of all three courses, students will be awarded a Short-Term Departmental 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).