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Dental Assistant Program

Information Workshops

Monday November 20, 6-7 p.m. MSA103

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The Dental Assistant program will admit students each Fall Semester. To apply to the program, follow the steps below:

 

1.   Become a student of West Los Angeles College

  •      If you are not yet a student of West Los Angeles College, Sign Up for a free orientation.
  •      www.wlac.edu/freecollege
  •      Submit all official transcripts to Admissions and Records (no walk in transcripts accepted)

2.    Prior to applying to the program, complete the following pre-requisite courses:

  • English 28 – Intermediate Reading and Composition
  • Math 115 – Elementary Algebra

3.   Attend a Dental Assistant Information Session

  • Information will be presented about the educational program and application packet, along with an overview of the dental profession.  
  • Upcoming information session dates are announced periodically.
  • The Dental Assisiting application will be available at the information session.

4.    Submit Dental Assisting Application to Allied Health Division

  • Complete the Dental Assisting Application form and submit to the Allied Health Department (MSB100) along with a second copy of your official transcripts (unofficial transcripts will be accepted from LACCD only).  

The Dental Assisting Program offers a Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting and Associate Degree in Dental Assistant. Upon completion of the program and approval of the Dental Board of California (DBC) the student will be eligible to take the California State Board Examination to be a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).


Degree Requirements

If you are accepted into the Dental Assisting program you will complete the following:

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN DENTAL ASSISTING:
The Associate in Science in Dental Assisting (ASDA) program provides students with a high quality education that prepares them to be highly competent, professional, and caring licensed dental assistants.

 

A.S. Degree Unit Totals

#Units

Required Major Courses (Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting) 29
Electives 9-10
Plan B General Education Requirements 22
TOTAL 60-61

 

Major Course Requirements

(Certificate of Achievement in Dental Assisting)

Fall

Units

D.A. 001 - Orientation to Dental Assisting 2
D.A. 005 - Preclinical Chairside Assisting 5
D.A. 007 - Infection Control for the Dental Setting 1
D.A. 008 - Introduction to Dental Radiology 3
D.A. 006 - Dental Sciences for the Dental Assistant 2
Total Semester Units 13

Winter

Units

D.A. 010 - Intermediate Chairside Assisting 3
D.A. 003 - Dental Seminar 1
Total Semester Units 4

Spring

Units

D.A. 009 - Medical Emergencies 2
D.A. 013 - Practice Management 2
D.A. 012 - Dental Assisting Clinical Science  3
D.A. 015 - Advanced Chairside Assisting 5
Total Semester Units 12
TOTAL PROGRAM UNITS 29

 

Dental Assisting Electives - Choose 9-10 units from the following:

Units

Biology (3A & 3B)* 4
Cultural Anthropology 102* 3
Psychology 1* 3
HOC 62 Skill Set for the Health Care Professional 2
HOC 63 Basic Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
HOC 64 Cultural and Legal Topics for Health Care Professionals 1
HOC 65 Fundamentals for the Health Care Professional 2.5
* Dental Hygiene pathway preferred courses  
TOTAL ELECTIVE UNITS 9-10

 

Plan B General Education Courses

#Units

A. Natural Sciences:  Anatomy 1 4
B. Social and Behavioral Sciences:  Political Science 1 3
C. Humanities:   Art OR Theater 3
D. Language and Rationality:  English 101 (3)     AND     Math 125 (5) 8
E. Health and Physical Education:   Health 11(3)     AND     PE (1) 4
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS 22

PLEASE NOTE: To complete the Associate Degree in Dental Assistant students must complete all of the program core requirements, electives, and general education courses (Plan B). It is recommended that students consult with the Counseling Office to develop a Comprehensive Student Educational Plan. (310) 287-7242.