2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting (A.A.S.)

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A.A.S. Degree: 62 Hours

The Dental Assisting Program has been granted Accreditation by the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA). CODA is located at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. CODA telephone number is (312) 621-8099. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

Students are offered two different tracks (traditional or hybrid) in the Dental Assisting Program. The Hybrid Track provides a significant portion of the learning activities online. Time traditionally spent in the classroom is reduced, but not eliminated. Students are required to attend laboratory classes on campus and outside clinical sites. These new track options allow increased accessibility to the program for all interested individuals and help satisfy increased demand for this valuable program.

The Dental Assisting Program offers courses of study leading to a Certificate and/or an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. Students may take the Certificate of Achievement courses only after they have been admitted into the program. A separate application process is required for acceptance into this program.

A new class begins each fall and spring semester. The application deadline for the program is June 15 for the Traditional Track and October 31 for the Hybrid Track. Contact the Allied Health Office, or visit otc.edu/alliedhealth for an application packet.

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 621-8099.

General Education Requirements - 16 Credit Hours

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has identified a common set of general education courses that have been adopted statewide. These courses are called the “CORE 42.”  CORE 42 courses are guaranteed to transfer to any Missouri public college or university to satisfy general education requirements.

Courses in knowledge areas below, designated with the CORE 42 logo indicates courses in that area have been evaluated and provided a MOTR number for transfer to all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

Courses that do not have this designation may still transfer to public and private colleges and universities in Missouri and elsewhere, but students are encouraged to check the transfer equivalency website of the institution to which they plan to transfer to confirm.

Please refer to the MDHE Core Transfer Curriculum for detailed information on CORE 42 courses.

Written Communications - 3 Credit Hours

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* Please contact the Allied Health Admissions Office if:

  1. you have taken MTH 110 prior to the fall 2018 semester
  2. you have previously taken BCS 145 and BCS 146

Institutional Electives - 6 Credit Hours

The 6 elective hours for this category can consist of any course numbered 100 or higher from any area of study that a student is eligible to enroll.

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