CURRICULAR GUIDE

Dental Assistant
Certificate of Achievement

Curriculum Code: 0193  (Effective Fall 2000 - Summer 2001)

Dental assistants assist the dentist with the delivery of dental care and
treatment procedures at the chairside in dental offices, public health
clinics, dental schools, and hospitals.  This program prepares individuals to
be Registered Dental Assistants responsible for transferring dental
instruments; charting the teeth; preparing and delivering dental materials;
taking impressions and making models of the teeth; placing and removing rubber
dams; placing and removing temporary crowns; and exposing and processing
dental x-ray pictures.  Upon graduation from this accredited program one is
eligible to take the state of Michigan written and clinical licensing exams. 
Not all courses in this program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning
to transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in 
any course.

This is a selective admission program.  In order to be considered as a
candidate for this program, students must meet basic admission requirements
beyond those required for admission to the college.  Many of the courses for
this program are open only to students officially admitted to the Dental
Assistant Program.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

The admission and/or graduation requirements for this program may change each
academic year.  The program requirements below apply only to those students
who have been admitted to the program for the 2000/2001 academic year.  For
the most recent and complete information, interested students should contact
the Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 2200,
telephone number (517) 483-1254.  For Dental Assistant career advising
information, contact the Dental Advisor at the Dental Assistant Program
office, Arts and Sciences Building, Room 007F, telephone number (517) 483-

For current information about admission requirements, students must contact
the Admissions Office, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center, Room 2200,
telephone number (517) 483-1254.

REQUIREMENTS                                               TOTAL: 34.5 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
DADH 128    Dental Radiography                                               4
DAST 110    Dental Instruments                                               1
DAST 111    Preclinical Dental Assisting                                     3
DAST 112    Dental Anatomy                                                   4
DAST 114    Preventive Dentistry & Prc                                       3
DAST 116    Dental Materials                                                 3
DAST 118    Dental Assisting Principles                                      1
DAST 120    Clinical Dental Assisting I                                      6
DAST 126    RDA Procedures - DA                                              3
DAST 130    Clinical Dental Assisting II                                     2
DAST 140    Clinical Dental Assisting III                                    4
EMSB 102    CPR for Health Care Prof                                        .5

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                 34.5

Students begin this program each fall semester and courses are offered once a
year in the following sequence.

I                 II                III
DAST 110          DADH 128          DAST 140
DAST 111          DAST 120
DAST 112          DAST 126          
DAST 114          DAST 130
DAST 116
DAST 118
EMSB 102