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About this course:
The Dental Assisting Diploma program prepares students for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant and dental business office assistant. The competencies for this course follow the duties and responsibilities of a dental assistant as outlined by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. Topics of study include anatomy and physiology, dental health and nutrition, oral histology, tooth form and structure, preventive dentistry, infection control, dental laboratory procedures, radiography, orthodontics, patient care, health care laws and regulations (OSHA and HIPPA), and general dental office administration and management. There is an externship component as a culminating course that enables the student to be placed in an actual supervised dental office setting. The student will be encouraged to attain Louisiana’s “Expanded Duty Dental Assistant” certification upon graduation. The normal completion time for the 59 quarter credit hour day program is 12 months. Upon successful completion of the program and all other graduation requirements, a diploma in Dental Assisting will be awarded.