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Dental Assistant – Schedule of Courses

Dental assistants aid dentists in the examination and treatment of patients. Their duties include taking and developing x-rays, assisting in the operatory (four-handed dentistry) and the construction and preparation of temporary crowns and bridges. The dental assistant is also involved in the efficient operation of the dental practice. Insurance, patient relations, billing and the greeting of patients, are some of the duties performed by the dental assistant. Generally, the size of the dental practice and an assistant’s responsibilities determine the scope and compensation of the job.

Dental Theory Course Descriptions

The objective of Arizona College’s Dental Assistant program is to provide a sound educational environment for instruction and training to equip its graduates for entry level jobs as dental assistants.


Dental Theory: DENT 112

Infection Control & Medical Emergencies
2.5 Credits

Dental Theory: DENT 113

Dental Basics & Chairside Assisting
3.0 credits

Dental Theory: DENT 125

3.0 credits

Dental Theory: DENT 126

Restorative Dentistry
3.0 credits

Dental Theory: DENT 127

Oral Health
3.0 credits

Dental Theory: DENT 128

Dental Specialties
3.0 credits 

Dental Clinical Procedures Course Descriptions

The academic portion of the Dental Assistant program consists of three (3) terms of ten (10) weeks each. Each term is divided into two (2) five-week sessions. The entire program is approximately 38 weeks.


Dental Clinical Procedures: DCP 104

Chairside Assisting Lab
1.5 Credits

Dental Clinical Procedures: DCP 105

Radiology Lab
1.5 Credits

Dental Clinical Procedures: DCP 106

Restorative Dentistry Lab
1.5 Credits

Dental Clinical Procedures: DCP 107

Oral Health Lab
1.5 Credits

Dental Clinical Procedures: DCP 108

Dental Specialties Lab
1.5 Credits

Dental Administrative Procedures & Computer Course Descriptions

Dental Administrative Procedures: DAP 115

Dental Office Management Dentrix, Patient & Records
2.5 Credits

Computer Courses: COM 108

Microcomputer Concepts & Keyboarding
2.5 Credits

Professional Studies & Externship Course Descriptions

Professional Studies: ADM 101

Career Development
2.5 Credits

Professional Studies: ADM 107

Medical Administrative Practices
2.5 Credits

Professional Studies: BIO 126

The Body as a Whole
3.0 Credits

Professional Studies: BIO 127

The Body’s Circulation & Defense
3.0 Credits

Professional Studies: MTP 118

Medical Terminology
3.0 Credits

Externship: EXT 300

10.0 Credits

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