4 quarters, 78 credits
The 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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By the end of the course of study in the Dental Assistant Program students should be able to:
- 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.
- Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, peers and members of the dental health team.
- 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.
- Engage in lifelong involvement in the community in the promotion of dental health through the profession of Dental Assisting.
- Possess the necessary skills to pass the Dental Assistant National Board Exam.
- 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.|
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 title||credits|
|AHI 100||Strategies for Success for Dental Assistant Students||1.0|
|AHI 101||CPR/First Aid||.5|
|AHD 150||Introduction to Dental Assisting||1.0|
|AHD 151||Clinical Science I||4.0|
|AHD 152||Clinical Science II||4.0|
|AHD 153||Dental Equipment and Instruments||1.0|
|AHD 154||Dental Materials||2.0|
|AHD 155||Clinical Laboratory I||2.0|
|AHD 156||Practice Management||2.0|
|AHD 157||Preventative Dentistry||2.0|
|AHD 160||Clinical Procedures I||10.0|
|AHD 161||Radiology Science||6.0|
|AHD 162||Radiology Laboratory||4.0|
|AHD 170||Clinical Procedures II||10.0|
|AHD 171||Dental Specialities||4.5|
|AHD 172||Clinical Laboratory II||3.5|
|AHD 173||Human Relations||2.0|
|AHD 190||Job Seeking Skills I/Computer Lab||1.5|
|AHD 192||DA Mandatory Clinical||16.5|