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Dental Assistant (XDA)
Program Description

Certification Training (CT)

Enter the health care field with a 70-hour training program for certification as a Dental Assistant. Familiarize yourself with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and train in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. The state of Massachusetts requires any dental office employee who will be performing radiological procedures (X-Rays) to take and pass the DANB Radiology Health and Safety Exam (RHS). In addition to the classroomlecture and hands on lab, this program also includes an optional clinical rotation.

Reading Comprehension and Mathematics assessment testing (at the College's Center for Alternative Testing) is required prior to registration.
Administrative Aspects include: the history of dentistry and dental assisting; intro to the dental office; legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines. Clinical Aspects include: intro to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, into to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas.

Students interested in participating in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, may be required to undergo criminal background checks, including a national as well as local check (i.e. Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI)). Depending on the contents of these criminal background check(s), a student's participation in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider may not be allowed, and therefore may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please note that eligibility to participate in the program and/or clinical affiliation, internship or field placement as a result of screening requirements, such as criminal background checks, is not a guarantee of eligibility to sit for professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.

For more information, contact us at (978) 236-1200 or ictt@northshore.edu .


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