2022-2023 College Catalog

Basic Dental Assisting TCC

Basic Dental Assisting TCC (Major Code: BDA1)

Program Description

The Basic Dental Assisting certificate program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today’s dental offices. The program provides learning opportunities, which introduce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition and retention.

This TCC is an embedded certificate within the dental assisting diploma.

Career Information


Dental Assistants

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 31% nationally and 21% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $33,000 a year.
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements


Additional Program Admission Requirements
- High School Diploma or GED required
- Must be 18 years of age
- Must be CRP certified from the American Heart Association- Basic LIfe Support (BLS) course before entering the occupational courses.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens

Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.

These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

Program Contact Information

Cartrelle Clayton
Dental Assisting Program Director

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 2 Terms

Credit Hours: 14

Estimated Program Cost: $3,090

Required Courses


Occupational Courses (17 Credits)

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


DENA 1050Microbiology and Infection Control


DENA 1080Dental Anatomy


DENA 1340Dental Assisting I: General Chairside


Total Credit Hours: 14


Program Outcomes

1. The graduate will be able to prepare dental operatory for dental procedures.
2. The graduate will be able to maintain OSHA standards for infection control.
3. The graduate will be able to prepare patient for dental procedures, reviewing vital signs, medical history and answering questions.
4. The graduate will be able to perform 4-handed dental techniques.