Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Diploma in Applied Science
This program prepares students to work as clinical assistants, receiving and preparing patients for dental treatment; assisting chairside, taking x-rays, making temporary crowns and pouring/trimming impressions for study models. The program also includes office management skills, appointing patients, maintaining patients’ records on the computer and via files, filing and client services.
The primary mission of the GTC Expanded Duty Dental Assistant program is to provide nationally certified expanded duty dental assistants to serve the dental community. Graduates are expected to assume responsibility for personal and professional growth and to enhance knowledge and skills through continued education and lifelong learning.
Acceptable placement test score(s).
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
Day (some evening classes/clinics required)
Dental offices, public health departments, dental schools
Certified Dental Assistant (subject to passing Dental Assisting National Board exam)
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/dental/.
Prior to acceptance students must
- Successfully complete all developmental courses indicated in placement testing.
- Complete the TEAS test.
- Meet the specific program requirements outlined in The School of Health Sciences admissions requirements.
- Apply for program admission from January 15-May 1 of each year. Seats are awarded to the most highly-qualified applicants based upon weighted criteria and on a space-available basis.
- Complete an online Career Talk session for the major within one year of application and program orientation after acceptance.
Upon acceptance, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the seat.
An acceptable criminal background check and a negative 10-panel drug screen are required before beginning class experience.
Requirements for Completion
- A grade of “C” or higher is required in every course, as well as completion of all three sections of DANB to earn the EDDA diploma.
- Students must be able to provide transportation and attend all clinical experiences.
- Students must sit for and pass the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) for certification as a certified dental assistant (CDA). At the end of each semester, one portion of the DANB must be passed to continue in the program. Examinations must be taken prior to the end of each semester. Students are responsible for exam fees each semester.
- Completion of all of the general education courses with grades of A or B will earn the student higher points toward the weighted admission to the program.
- Students must purchase supply kits and uniforms at the start of the program from vendors selected by the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program.
- This is a diploma program that leads to national CDA certification upon successful completion of the program and the certification exam.
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
|BIO 112||Basic Anatomy & Physiology 1,2||4|
|ENG 101||English Composition I* 1||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology* 1||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Freshman Seminar 3|
|Leadership Through the Humanities 3|
|SPC 205||Public Speaking* 1,3,4||3|
|DAT 115||Ethics & Professionalism||1|
|DAT 116||Fundamentals of Dental Medicine||3|
|DAT 118||Dental Morphology||2|
|DAT 154||Clinical Procedures I||4|
|DHG 244||Dental Materials||3|
|DAT 121||Dental Health Education||2|
|DAT 127||Dental Radiology||4|
|DAT 160||Expanded Duties/Specialties||2|
|DAT 175||Introduction to Clinical Experience||5|
|DAT 122||Dental Office Management||2|
|DAT 177||Dental Office Experience||7|
|Total Required Credit Hours||51|
General education course
It is strongly recommended that the five (5) general education courses be taken prior to applying to the Dental Assisting program. Points will be assigned for the completion of these courses that will facilitate entry into the program.
The combination of the higher level BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I* and BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II* or BIO 215 Anatomy and BIO 216 Physiology will substitute for BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology, if the student has successfully completed these courses with a grade of “C” or better.
For students who also intend to apply to the Dental Hygiene program, HSS 295 Leadership Through the Humanities should be taken in place of COL 105 Freshman Seminar and SPC 205 Public Speaking* should be taken for the Speech requirement.