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Why Should You Go into Dental Assisting?
The Dental Assistant program offers technical training to persons who want to work in dental offices or clinics. Students gain clinical and expanded function experience while assisting dentists in various treatment procedures in the campus dental clinic and in community dental offices. The program prepares its graduates for employment in dentistry by emphasizing current concepts in clinical dental assisting, developing proper work ethics, particularly in regard to accuracy, safety, conduct on the job, and recognizing the value of continuing education.
The program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Graduating students are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Examination, and the Radiation Health and Safety, and General Chairside Examination. Successful graduates receive a Dental Assistant Certificate and are eligible to apply for the Oregon Expanded Function and Radiological Proficiency Certificates.
The Dental Assistant program has special admission requirements and enrollment limits. For full information about the admissions process please refer to the BULLETIN
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For information about applying to the program, please refer to the "Dental Assistant" Bulletin, which can be found here under the "Special Admission" heading. It is the students responsibility to read this bulletin thoroughly and ensure that all required application materials have been submitted prior to the deadline.
For questions about the application, please contact the Academic Planning Advisor at (541) 917-4923.
To become a certified dental assistant in Oregon, students must successfully complete an accredited dental assistant program and pass all three segments of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. The DANB is administered at computerized testing centers in Eugene and Portland. Students interested in working outside of Oregon must be aware that each state has its own regulations governing duties and requirements of dental assistants.
LBCC's Dental Assistant program prepares students to take the DANB examination in three segments:
The first segment, the Infection Control Examination (ICE), is taken during the December break after successfully completing fall term and the Dental Office Infection Control course.
The second segment, the Radiation Health and Safety Examination, is taken during spring term after successfully completing three terms (60 hours) in radiology. A successful set of clinical x-rays will result in an Oregon Radiological Proficiency License.
The third and final segment, the General Chairside Exam, is taken after completing all four terms of the program and 300 hours of office and clinical chairside assisting (as specified by the American Dental Association).
Students who have successfully completed the DANB and the Dental Assistant program have earned the title of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Graduates are also eligible to apply for an Oregon Expanded Function License and the title of Oregon Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA).
Students have a high initial expenditure for supplies and books for the Dental Assistant Program. As the program continues, the student will be required to purchase competency packets, other textbooks, attend the annual conference, workshops and participate in national exams.
Note: the fees listed are for the program only and do not include what students might have to pay for housing, transportation, etc.
Approximate expenses for the four-term program include:
Uniform, Barriers, Scrubs, Shoes, Name Tag & Safety Glasses $250.00 Student Kit Fee (due prior to the first day) *price is subject to change $550.00 Student Supplemental Lab Fee (Due at the July 13th meeting) $125.00 ADAA Student Membership (Due at the July 13th meeting) $45.00 Hepatitis B Vaccine, CPR & First Aid (approximation) $330.00 Required Textbooks $550.00 Transportation to clinical experiences Varies Graduation expenses $30.00 Tuition for 4 terms* (tuition, Lab Fees, Material Fees) $6800.00 Tuition for 4 terms* (tuition, Lab Fees, Material Fees) $6800.00
(*Note: Tuition costs are at resident rates and are subject to change.)
ICE Exam $250.00 Radiation Health and Safety Exam $250.00 Radiology Clinical Fee and Certificate $250.00 RCDA Exam $250.00 EFDA Certification fee (upon graduation) $50.00 EFODA Certification fee (upon graduation) $50.00 Estimated Total Expenses: $9780.00
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