The Dental Assisting accredited program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's dental offices. The Dental Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of dental assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Dental Assisting diploma and are eligible to sit for a national certification examination.

Entrance into the program is competitive. Applicants must be at least seventeen (17) years old and be an official high school graduate or GED recipient. ALHS 1040, COMP 1000, ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, and PSYC 1010 must be successfully completed and have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 prior to selection into the program. Selection is based on GPA and the Psychological Service Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Exam score. Students must submit a Progression Form to the Registrar's Office to be considered for admission into the program. Drug screen, background check, and immunization may be required. Refer to the Health Technology Program Progression requirements page in the CGTC Catalog. Based on available slots, approximately 14 students will be selected annually in summer term to begin program major coursework.

Diploma Program
Program Length 56 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; Minimum age: 17
Program Entry Term Summer Semester
Offered Macon Campus

Dental Assisting Diploma Curriculum

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses 9
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
Occupational Courses 47
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Healthcare 3
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
DENA 1010 Basic Human Biology 1
DENA 1030 Preventive Dentistry 2
DENA 1050 Microbiology and Infection Control 2
DENA 1070 Oral Pathology and Therapeutics 2
DENA 1080 Dental Biology 5
DENA 1090 Dental Assisting National Board Exam Preparation 2
DENA 1340 Dental Assisting I: General Chairside 6
DENA 1350 Dental Assisting II: Dental Specialties and EFDA Skills 7
DENA 1390 Dental Radiology 4
DENA 1400 Dental Practice Management 3
DENA 1460 Dental Practicum I 1
DENA 1470 Dental Practicum II 1
DENA 1480 Dental Practicum III 5
  Total Hours 56