Dental Assistant
4 quarters, 78 credits

Dental AssistantThe Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion Program has been granted full accreditation by the American Dental Association. This program prepares students for entry-level employment within the Dental Industry. Students are taught chair-side dental assisting through lecture, hands-on experience and 275 hours of a mandatory clinical experience in the field.

Classes are conducted in a state-of-the-art dental environment located at SVI, with dental services available on Wednesday and Thursday. Certified SVI instructors conduct classes and a licensed dentist lectures and demonstrates patient procedures.

Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical procedures, and specialty dental courses that prepare the student for employment following completion of the program.

Gainful Employment Information
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course of study in the Dental Assistant Program students should be able to:
  1. Function as a clinical dental assistant with expanded duties in all of the following - dental specialties, dental laboratory procedures, digital radiology, sterilization techniques, nutritional counseling and preventive procedures.
  2. Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, peers and members of the dental health team.
  3. Possess proficiency in dental front office skills including patient in-take, scheduling, insurance and financial procedures and general office computer skills including email, spreadsheets, word processing and dental office specialty software applications used for billing and scheduling.
  4. Engage in lifelong involvement in the community in the promotion of dental health through the profession of Dental Assisting.
  5. Possess the necessary skills to pass the Dental Assistant National Board Exam.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of job readiness with resume building, interviewing skills, and complete competency in all basic dental assisting skills by successfully completing a mandatory clinical experience in the field.

Steps To Success
Students in the Dental Assistant Program have the unique opportunity of gaining experience by working in the fully-equipped dental clinic under the guidance of a licensed dentist. They also complete 275 hours of a mandatory clinical experience in the field.

The Dental Clinic at Seattle Vocational Institute offers preventive and operative dental services performed by a licensed dentist on staff. The clinic is open to the public Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Also by appointment, call 206-934-4973. Follow the link above to for more information.

Admission Policy
Students must meet the Career Programs Assessment Test (CPAt) score for admission and provide proof of a high school diploma or GED to obtain a Certificate of Completion. This is a Veterans Administration (VA) approved program.

course #  course titlecredits
Quarter I
AHI 100Strategies for Success for Dental Assistant Students1.0
AHI 101CPR/First Aid.5
AHD 150Introduction to Dental Assisting1.0
AHD 151Clinical Science I4.0
AHD 152Clinical Science II4.0
AHD 153Dental Equipment and Instruments1.0
AHD 154Dental Materials2.0
AHD 155Clinical Laboratory I2.0
AHD 156Practice Management2.0
AHD 157Preventative Dentistry2.0
Quarter II
AHD 160Clinical Procedures I10.0
AHD 161Radiology Science6.0
AHD 162Radiology Laboratory4.0
Quarter III
AHD 170Clinical Procedures II10.0
AHD 171Dental Specialities4.5
AHD 172Clinical Laboratory II3.5
AHD 173Human Relations2.0
Quarter IV
AHD 190Job Seeking Skills I/Computer Lab1.5
AHD 192DA Mandatory Clinical16.5

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