Dental Assisting

Mission & Goals

DENTAL ASSISTANT Mission

Center for Allied Health Education Dental Assisting Program has made a firm commitment to the education of students in the field of Dental Assisting.

Our mission is the training of Dental Assistants who are skilled individuals, qualified by technical education, to provide outstanding support for dental practices.

DENTAL ASSISTANT TRAINING Goals

Center for Allied Health Education offers a Dental Assisting Program at the certificate level. To graduate, students must have:

  • Completed all didactic objectives including: passing all courses by achieving a minimum passing grade
  • Completed all clinical objectives including: clinical performance and competency, problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills, professional development and growth.
The Dental Assistant program identifies benchmarks to provide a standard by which the effectiveness of the program in achieving its goals can be evaluated. An effectiveness plan is in place and can be obtained from the program director.

DENTAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Upon graduation, Dental Assistant students will receive a certificate of completion to function as entry level Dental Assistant. Specifically, our objectives are to have our Dental Assistant program graduates perform effectively by:

  • Applying knowledge of safety for patients, self, and others
  • Applying knowledge of head, neck and oral anatomy to accurately recognize structures pertaining to the practice of dental assisting
  • Implementing knowledge of specialized dental equipment and equipment maintenance to accurately promote quality care within the dental healthcare setting
  • Applying knowledge of dental procedures to accurately assist during treatment
  • Exercising discretion and judgment in the performance of dental procedures
  • Working collaboratively as a team member and taking initiative as needed
  • Applying critical thinking skills to anticipate the needs of the dentist and/or other dental team members and effectively assist with the operations of the dental office
  • Recognizing patient needs and/or emergency conditions and effectively assisting during treatment considering their scope of practice