Dental Assistant Program

Saint Michael School of Allied Health offers  a certificate program in  Dental Assistant Program  that   consisting of 920 hours of theory and internship.  The length of the program is 9 months during the day.   Upon completion of all the requirements, the students  will be eligible to take the National Certification  such as Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety Certification Exam and Dental Assisting National Board Infection Control Certification Exam.

 

PROGRAM MISSION

The  mission of the Dental Assistant Program  is to provide quality Dental Assistants to the community through a diversified and  innovative  educational programs, educate Dental Assistants  who are competent, qualified and dedicated  to work , hospitals, clinics, physician offices and other industries   in the culturally diverse and constantly changing population and environment.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

1.    Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety Certification Exam.
2.    Dental Assisting National Board Infection Control Certification Exam.
3.    Create a reference tool for decoding dental terminology
4.    Operate dental equipment
5.    Apply principles of sit-down dentistry
6.    Transfer dental instruments for various dental procedures
7.    Maintain clear operating field
8.    Maintain dental cutting instruments
9.    Adapt dental assisting techniques when assisting with dental examinations
10.    Record reported examination findings of the oral cavity structures
11.    Chart dental pathology
12.    Chart restorations
13.    Document the treatment and procedures that have been performed
14.    Assist with chair side pain control
15.    Adapt dental assisting techniques when assisting with an amalgam restoration
16.    Adapt dental assisting techniques when assisting with direct cosmetic restoration
17.    Define preventive dentistry and its importance to the patient
18.    Demonstrate proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques
19.    Interpret dental procedures to a patient, using lay terminology

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

Application forms can be obtained at Saint Michael School of Allied Health located at 1106 Bladensburg Road, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-2512

Applicants will be considered for admission to Saint Michael School of Allied Health Medical Insurance and Billing after successfully completing the following requirements.

• Submit completed application form and payment of application fee.

• Provide an official, translated high school transcript from an accredited high school or GED.

• Obtain a minimum score of 75% on Reading Comprehension and 70% on Math Admission Assessment.

• Once the entrance exam is passed, an application for admission to the Medical Insurance Billing Program can be obtained.

• A student may repeat the section of the entrance exam he/she fails , the exam may only be repeated once

• Submit proof of high school education: diploma, transcript, or GED or attestation of having a high school diploma or GED.

• Submit two personal references from previous teachers or employers.

• Interview with the Program Director and/or the school representative.

Dental Assistant Program Requirements for certificate of completion

To be eligible for certificate of completion, students must;

• Have a minimum theory  of 75%, a satisfactory clinical performance.

• Obtain a satisfactory performance in skill labs.

• Successfully completion of the American Heart Association (AHA) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification course offered by the School or  submit a current AHA CPR Certification card.

• Successfully completion of the DANB RHS Review course offered by the DALE Foundation AND pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam.

The Dental Assisting National Board’s  Radiation Health and Safety Review course offered by the       DALE Foundation is an online review course, the estimated time for completion is 12 hours. The school will assist the students in registering for  both the review course and the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam. The cost of the DANB RHS Review course and the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam is included in the tuition for the program