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Dental Assisting

The Martin Community College Dental Assisting Program will be relocating to PCC in August, 2021. Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Program at PCC in fall semester, 2021 is contingent on approval from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Approval from the NCCCS has been received; approval from SACSCOC and CODA is still pending.

The Dental Assisting curriculum prepares individuals to assist the dentist in the delivery of dental treatment and to function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures.

Course work includes instruction in general studies, biomedical sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical practice. A combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical experiences provide students with knowledge in infection/hazard control, radiography, dental materials, preventive dentistry, and clinical procedures.

Graduates may be eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become Certified Dental Assistants. As a Dental Assistant II, defined by the Dental Laws of North Carolina, graduates work in dental offices and other related areas.

Offices of Dentists

Basic Orofacial Anatomy
Dental Materials
Infection Control
Dental Radiography
Dental Science
Dental Health Education
Practice Management
Preclinical Procedures
Clinical Practice I & II

Students will possess the skills and knowledge of the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard and appropriate infection control procedures.
Students will possess the knowledge and demonstrate competency in radiographic procedures and safety protocol.
Students will possess the knowledge to pass the prepared “mock” DANB exam with at least a 78% on each of the following sections: General Chairside, Radiation Health & Safety, and Infection Control.

Diploma in Dental Assisting