The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting is designed to prepare the student to function effectively as an integral member of the dental health care team. The AAS degree consists of 9.5 months of dental assisting coursework including classroom instruction, laboratory procedures, and supervised clinical experience in addition to 25 credit hours of academic coursework. The academic coursework can be taken either before or after the dental assisting coursework. Following the completion of all dental assisting course requirements, the student will be eligible to sit for the Registered Dental Assisting (RDA) licensing exam. Dental Assisting students who complete the program are given the exam at the completion of the program and are eligible to file an application to the State Board of Dental Examiners to obtain their RDA license. Since the Dental Assisting Program is accredited by The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), graduates are also eligible to take the examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
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