Dental Assistant

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.


The summer common core classes are required to enter the dental assistant program in the Fall (September). The fall common core classes are required to enter the dental assistant program in the Winter (January).


Certificate of Completion: 
5 Quarters
85 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
5 Quarters
90 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
5+ Quarters
95 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$35,400
Projected Growth: 
25%
Annual Job Openings: 
13,720

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

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.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Connie Berrysmith, Angela Bay


Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Ability to pass a nationwide criminal background check.
  • Students must register with Castle Branch and complete the following:
  • Students must meet vaccination and program specified health requirements in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines (vaccination list is provided at time of registration).
  • All vaccinations must be complete prior to entering the Pre-Clinical courses. Immunization timeline table.
  • Students must hold a valid American Heart Association BLS CPR card prior to entering the Pre-Clinical courses (see RTC course catalogue for available classes).
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program. 
  • Current (within one year) 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 become a Dental Assistant:
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods

Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL&101 English Composition (required for AAS-T students)  
AMATH 161G Mathematics 2
AH 102 Orientation to Healthcare Professions 1
DENT 101 Dental Profession 1
DENT 102 Pre-Clinical Assisting I 6
DENT 103 Clinical Assisting I & Observations 5
DENT 104 Dental Materials I 3
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 134 Specialties 2
DENT 137 Laboratory Procedures 2
DENT 138 Business Administration 2
DENT 141 Dental Sciences I 4
DENT 145 Dental Sciences II 4
DENT 151 Preventive Dentistry & Nutrition 2
DENT 153 Radiology I 3
DENT 154 Radiology II 2
DENT 155 Radiology III 3
DENT 171 Communications 1
DENT 191 Job Seeking Skills 1
DENT 192 Internship I 2
DENT 193 Internship II 7
Total   85

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Students choose one 5 credit course 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
Total   5

General Education Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree:

Students need an additional 10 credits

Course # Course Title Credits
One of following:    
BIOL& 160 General Biology or  
BIOL& 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I or  
NUTR& 101 Human Nutrition or  
SOC&101 Introduction to Sociology or 5
One of following:    
MATH& 107 Math in Society or  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics or 5
Total   10

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Dental Assistant Program

  • Engage students in the activities that support the knowledge and skills development necessary to perform assisting, laboratory, radiology and expanded functions skills as allowed by the Washington State Dental Practice Act;
  • Apply knowledge, skills and training in human relations, communications, basic principles of ethics, jurisprudence, preventive dentistry, and nutritional counseling in a dental practice;
  • 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; 
  • Prepare students to achieve certification by successfully completing the Dental Assistant National Board Exams;
  • Apply critical thinking skills to problem solve in a team environment, to provide professional patient care.

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