Dental assistants are an integral part of a dentist’s office, helping both dentists and their patients with procedures and administrative tasks. This program prepares students to become Certified Dental Assistants (CDA). Instruction includes training in first aid, dental sciences, radiology, dental materials clinical procedures, infection control, lab procedures, preventive dentistry, business administration, and basic skills in communications, human relations and psychology. Students will practice their skills in the RTC Dental Clinic and during externships.
Enrollment Point: Summer, Fall
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.
At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.
Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.
The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.
To be admitted to the Dental Assistant Program, a prospective student must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum age: 18 years at time of enrollment
- High School Diploma/GED (or equivalent) at time of enrollment (Running Start high school students may apply)
- Directed Self Placement (DSP): COMP 100 or ENGL& 101
- English Fluency (verbal and written)
Upon invitation and acceptance to the Dental Assistant Program, students must provide confirmation of an account established with CastleBranch.com and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes Against Persons list).
- Castlebranch website
- Package code: RR67
- Cost: $99 (do not create an account prior to invitation and registration to the program)
Screening and Tracking Requirements
After invitation to the program, students must meet vaccination and program specific health requirements in compliance with the Center for Disease Control Healthcare Provider immunization guidelines, including the submission of original lab results, x-ray reports and immunization records, which must be dated and signed by their healthcare provider.
*Vaccinations must be current while on externships
- Annual Tuberculosis skin test
- Annual seasonal Influenza vaccine
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine within last 10 years
- Hepatitis B vaccine (series of three vaccines and immunity titer)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
- Varicella vaccine (two vaccines or proof of immunity titer)
- Annual background-check through CastleBranch.com
- Personal health insurance upon entry and for the duration of the program
- Current (within one year) physical evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student's ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Dental Assistant:
- Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead
- Ability to stand or walk for long periods
UPDATE: All healthcare students who have clinical rotations, externships and internships must follow the vaccination requirements of the healthcare institution where they will be working-i.e., must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption prior to their clinical rotation, externship or internship experience. Read the latest COVID-19 Allied Health Policy.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|COL 101||College Success||2|
|DENT 100||First Aid, CPR & Vital Signs||2|
|DENT 101||Dental Profession||3|
|DENT 102||Pre-Clinical Assisting I||5|
|DENT 103||Clinical Assisting I||4|
|DENT 104||Dental Materials I||2|
|DENT 105||Expanded Functions||2|
|DENT 112||Pre-Clinical Assisting II||3|
|DENT 113||Clinical Assisting II & Practicum||7|
|DENT 114||Dental Materials II.||3|
|DENT 133||Infection Control & Microbiology||5|
|DENT 137||Laboratory Procedures||2|
|DENT 138||Business Administration||2|
|DENT 141||Dental Sciences I||3|
|DENT 145||Dental Sciences II||3|
|DENT 151||Preventive Dentistry & Nutrition||2|
|DENT 153||Radiology I||3|
|DENT 154||Radiology II||2|
|DENT 155||Radiology III||2|
|DENT 171||Interpersonal Communications||2|
|DENT 191||Job Seeking Skills||1|
|DENT 192||Internship I||2|
|DENT 193||Internship II||7|
|COMP 100||Applied Composition or|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition (required for AAS-T students)||5|
General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree
Students choose two 5 credit courses which can be taken during the final quarter.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|AMATH 175||Applied Mathematics for Business & Industry or|
|NUTR& 101||Human Nutrition or|
|BIOL& 241||Human Anatomy & Physiology I or|
|BIOL& 160||General Biology||5|
|PSYC& 100||General Psychology||5|
General Education Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree
Students need an additional 15 credits.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|Two of following:|
|BIOL& 160||General Biology or||5|
|BIOL& 241||Human Anatomy & Physiology I or||5|
|NUTR& 101||Human Nutrition or||5|
|SOC& 101||Introduction to Sociology||5|
|One of following:|
|MATH& 107||Math in Society or||5|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Statistics||5|
- Apply the knowledge and skills necessary to safely perform chairside assisting, including clinical, laboratory, radiology and expanded functions procedures as allowed by the Washington State Dental Practice Act.
- Demonstrate clear communication by following written and verbal directives and delivering clear, accurate instructions and/or critical patient education.
- Demonstrate accountability of practice with adherence to ethical and legal standards of the dental profession.
- Demonstrate skills and attitudes that contribute to safe working conditions in the dental office, including environmental issues and all aspects of infection control as they relate to dentistry.
- Achieve certification by successfully completing the Dental Assistant National Board Exams.
This announcement is for soliciting third-party comments from students and patients that pertain to the standards of policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. Third-party comments are to be published at least 90 days prior to the site visit in April, 2019. Any comments are due in the Commission’s office no later than 60 days prior to the site visit. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commission’s accreditation process. Comments will be screened by the Commission staff for relevancy. For comments not relevant to these issues, the individual will be notified that the comment is not related to accreditation, and, where appropriate, referred to the appropriate agency. For those individuals who are interested in submitting comments, requests can be made to the Commission office for receiving standards and/or the Commission’s Evaluation Policies and Procedures.
A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting the Commission at the address below, or by calling 1.800.621.8099, extension 4653.
Third-Party Comments may be sent to:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
Division of the American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Site Visit Dates: April 24 & 25, 2019