Dental assistants perform different types of patient care, office duties, and laboratory duties. On a typical day, a dental assistant who delivers patient care will: make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain dental records; hand instruments and materials to dentists; sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care; and much more. With further education, students can become Registered Dental Hygienists who clean teeth and examine oral areas.

This continuing education certificate consists of the following courses:

  • HTH-8300 Dental Assistant
  • HTH-8310 Dental Assisting Internship

Students who successfully complete these courses qualify to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety Examination. Must be 18 years of age or older and in good health.

Please call the Healthcare Department, at 301-934-7503, or email hth@csmd.edu for further information. 

HTH-8300 Dental Assistant

Participants are taught how to assist the dentist with procedures and provide patient care. Preparing the patient for treatment and providing patient education are described. Topics include dental terminology, disease transmission, disinfection and sterilization; dental anatomy, dental records and charting, instrumentation, impressions and castings; radiation health and safety; insurance and billing; front desk responsibilities. This course also provides x-ray training that qualifies you to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety Examination. Must be 18 years of age or older and in good health. Textbook and completed health forms required.

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HTH-8310 Dental Assisting Internship

This 40 hour internship provides students who have completed the Dental Assisting course, with valuable hands-on experience in a dental practice working under the supervision of a dentist. Students will work alongside dental providers in local dental offices, using concepts and skills acquired during their initial classroom training, such as universal precautions, infection control measures, effective communication skills, and preparing patients and instruments for dental exams. Working as part of the dental provider /staff team, students will gain first-hand experience in the professional, legal and ethical requirements of the dental office setting.

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HTH-7380 Oral Radiography

Dental assistants will be trained to prepare patients, safely obtain radiographic dental images, and process and mount films. Stress is placed on infection control and safety. Skills will be refined in the dental office where the student is employed. Topics include anatomical landmarks, types of radiographic surveys, radiographic techniques, biologic effects, and types of radiographic and film composition and processing. This course prepares students to take the Dental Assisting National Board Dental Radiation Health and Safety Certification Exam.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, currently employed with a dentist willing to supervise clinical experience, have three months’ work experience in a dental office, and possess a high school diploma or GED. Textbook required.

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