Certificate of Completion
2009-10 Academic Year
Major Code: 510601
About the Program
This one-year certificate program prepares students to meet the requirements to become dental
assistants with expanded functions (EFDA). Successful completion of the program leads to eligibil-
ity to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) certified dental assisting (CDA) exam.
The curriculum is based in general dentistry; students are trained in four-handed chairside assisting
techniques to work with general dentists during all phases of patient examination and treatment.
Program students attend classes as part of a structured cohort. Two cohorts may be formed in an
academic year as workforce demand and enrollments warrant: one in fall and a second in spring.
Cohort students may enroll full-time (completing the program in one year) or part-time. To provide
further flexibility for work and/or family obligations, students may “step out” at any time during
the program and return at a later date, but must meet program requirements in place at the time
Working dental assistants with six months of current, continuous, chairside employment may
also enroll in classes without formal admittance into the program, and without joining a cohort.
Working dental assistants may attend most classes, but preference will be given to cohort students.
Working dental assistants can enhance their education and eligibility to sit for the Dental Assisting
National Board’s (DANB) certified dental assisting (CDA) exam by taking RCC dental classes.
Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, read-
ing and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within
their skill levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required
to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.
This is a limited entry program. Cohort students must meet certain