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Degree & Certificate Options

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A dental assistant is a skilled and essential member of the dental health care team in the delivery of preventive and restorative dentistry. The continuing demand for dental assistants makes this program an opportunity for a productive career. In addition to the prescribed coursework, a minimum of 300 clinical hours is required to complete the degree. Students must provide their own transportation to their clinical sites. A complete physical examination, criminal background check and drug screen is required prior to the beginning of the clinical experience. A Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended.

Below is a example of what you may take during the Dental Assisting program.
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Zero-Cost for Some Medical Programs

Many certificate programs within Medical Sciences are now available at zero cost, thanks to Care Forward Colorado. Students in these programs get free tuition, fees, books, materials and necessary vaccinations. Any other financial aid could be used on top of that for living expenses, technology needs, or other related costs.

No special applications are necessary to enter the program. Just register for classes and you’ll be reimbursed.

Qualifying programs include:

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First Year

Second Year

First Year

  • DEA 102 Principles of Clinical Practice (3 credits)
  • DEA 120 Introduction to Dental Practices* (1 credit)
  • DEA 121 Dental Science I* (3 credits)
  • DEA 123 Dental Materials I (3 credits)
  • DEA 125 Dental Radiography (3 credits)
  • DEA 126 Infection Control (3 credits)
  • DEA 132 Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office (2 credits)

* DEA 120 and 121 are also offered in the spring semester

18 Total Fall Credits

  • DEA 104 Specialties of Dentistry (2 credits)
  • DEA 111 Dental Office Management (2 credits)
  • DEA 122 Dental Science II (3 credits)
  • DEA 124 Dental Materials II (3 credits)
  • DEA 131 Advanced Dental Radiography (3 credits)
  • DEA 134 Prevention and Nutrition in Dentistry (3 credits)
  • DEA 181 Clinical Internship I (1 credits)

17 Total Spring Credits

  • DEA 140 Dental Assisting National Board Review (1 credits)
  • DEA 182 Clinical Internship II (6 credits)

7 Total Summer Credits

Second Year

  • DEA 200 Introduction to Expanded Functions (4 credits)

  • DEA 205 Expanded Functions for the Dental Auxiliary (4 credits)

  • HPR 102 CPR for Professionals (Prior to DEA 181) (.5 credits)
  • CIS 118 Introduction to PC Applications (3 credits)
  • ENG 121 English Composition 1 (3 credits)
  • Communication Course (Choose 1) (3 credits)
    • COM 115 Public Speaking
    • COM 125 Interpersonal Communication
    • COM 225 Organizational Communication
  • PSY 101 General Psychology I (3 credits)
  • MAT 107 Career Math (3 credits)​​​​​​
  • COM 115 Public Speaking
  • COM 125 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 225 Organizational Communication
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