Dental Assistant

  • Why Go into Dental Assisting
  • Careers
  • Program Information
  • Student Stories
  • 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

  • Career Information

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  • Program Information

    For information about applying to the program, please refer to the Dental Assistant" Bulletin. 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.

    Exams

    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).

  • Student Stories

    Read what some current and former students had to say about the Dental Assisting program

    Kim Burbank

    Kim Burbank

    Dental Assistant

    "Being a dental assistant is not just about helping the doctor. A big part of our job is giving good patient care and becoming an advocate for our patients. While job shadowing, really pay attention to the performance level and work that the assistant is doing. Dental assisting is very rewarding work. We get to see our patients leave with a smile that looks great."
    Alisa Turcott

    Alisa Turcott

    Finishing the Dental Practicum

    "After working in the food industry for years, I decided I wanted a career where I could make a good living and have good benefits. I knew nothing about dental assisting when I started, but getting registered was really easy. Since the program is a year long and preset, you just have to fill out the application, make sure you have your prerequisite classes done, and the rest is figured out for you." "The program is an expanded functions program, which provides more certifications, giving you a great starting point for working in the dental field. Besides general assisting, we certify orthodontics and oral surgery, and even learn to make temporary crowns. There's a list of stuff we learn to do that other general dental assistants can't do. LBCC's program also is a good jumping off point if you are thinking of going into dental hygiene or dentistry. Although it's a challenging program, the instructors are there for you 100 percent."

    Yvonne Cruz Alarcon

    Graduate, 2017

    "The Dental assisting program for me was a huge challenge. Being in the program was something stressful- every term was different. But knowing that the result at the end was going to be a better future for my family gave me courage to always do my best. My favorite thing in the program was my teachers. I think the experience that they all have of being dental assistants before teaching makes them better at what they do because they can give students tips and tricks on how to assist better. Having such great teachers who were always willing to help me and encourage me to do my best was a huge support. I am very thankful that I was able to meet awesome people and make some good friends."

Dental Assistant Facilities

Faculty

I am a graduate of Linn-Benton Community Colleges Dental Assisting Program and have over 20 years experience as a Dental Assistant. I started my faculty career at LBCC in 2007. During this time I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Corban University in 2014. My goal as an instructor is to help our students become great employees in the dental field. I truly enjoy watching a student reach their goals and pursue their career they have chosen. Employment and completion is my number one goal for our students and I am very proud of our employment rate we have with our students.
Stacey Gerger
I am the Dental Assistant Program Faculty Instructor for the labs and clinical portion. I have been with the Dental Assistant program at Linn Benton Community College since 2015. I bring 19 years of experience in the Dental Field. I completed my Dental Assisting training at Chemeketa Community College. I really enjoy teaching and being on the educational side of the Dental Field. I have worked in both private practice and group practice Dental Offices and bring a lot of experience and knowledge. My goal is to give the students the proper tools, confidence, and essential skills to be successful Dental Assistants. It is very rewarding and exciting to watch the students grow from the beginning of the year to graduation, and then onto successful careers as Dental Assistants!
Lindsey Chronicle
Lorraine Lara