The Dental Assisting program at Grayson College offers two levels of Dental Assisting education: the Dental Assisting Certificate of Completion and the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting.
The Dental Assisting program provides dental assisting curriculum in the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to function as dental assistant. In the classroom, students learn about dental sciences, dental materials, communication and behaviors in the dental office, chairside assisting, radiology, office management, dental specialties, and expanded functions in dental assisting. Students acquire skills through laboratory practice, simulation, and clinical experience in dental offices. Students complete a minimum of 320 clinical hours. All dental assisting courses must be taken in sequence. Students must satisfactorily complete all the dental assisting courses in each semester concurrently in order to progress to the next semester of the program.
Upon completion of the program students will have earned a Certificate of Completion or an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. Students who earn a Certificate of Completion can enroll in additional core classes to complete an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. Graduates of the program are eligible and will sit for the Registered Dental Assisting Licensing Exam (RDA), and are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board.
Detailed information about the program is provided in an information packet, available by sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The applicant should request the Dental Assisting Information Packet. This packet will be sent to the applicant via email. Completion of this information packet is required for all applicants to the program. More information about applying to the program and the selection process can be found on the Future Students page.
Mission of the Dental Assisting Program is to:
Philosophy of the Dental Assisting Program
The Faculty of the Grayson College Dental Assisting Program believes in, and accepts, the underlying philosophy and objectives of the College and the Health Science Division. We believe that the community college setting provides a suitable, and pleasant, environment for the basic education of the Dental Assistant. Furthermore, it is also our belief that Grayson College provides an atmosphere in which the student can complement the technical knowledge obtained within the Dental Assisting Program through the study of other disciplines.
The Faculty accepts the principles that learning:
It is our belief that the Dental Assisting curriculum develops the required knowledge, technical competencies, and professional attitude for the graduate to attain a satisfying entry-level career in the field of Dental Assisting services. We further believe that effective learning is increased with specific learning objectives and a diversity of learning experiences to achieve these objectives.
Furthermore, we believe the student should be permitted to progress at his/her rate while meeting required objectives for each semester. We also believe that the individual student must accept responsibility for learning while the faculty acts as the facilitator in the learning process.
The Faculty believes that the Dental Assistant will remain, as an integral part of the dental health care team and, in reality, will become more important in dental health care delivery in the future. The Dental Assisting graduate is prepared to assist in providing individualized dental care in a variety of dental settings.
Student Learning Outcomes
The Dental Assisting Program at Grayson College is approved by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Contact information regarding program approval and accreditation is as follows:
Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
800.621.8099 or 312.440.4653
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
333 Guadalupe Street #3-800
Austin, Texas 78701