2022-2023 College Catalog

Dental Assisting Diploma

Dental Assisting Diploma (Major Code: DA12)

Program Description

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.

Accrediting Agency
The Dental Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA is located at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, (800) 621-8099 or (312) 440-4653.

Programmatic Accreditation

Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312.440.4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, website: https://www.ada.org/en/coda

Career Information


Dental Assistants

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 25% nationally and 60% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $36,000 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: 6 Terms (last 9 months in an externship)

Credit Hours: 55

Estimated Program Cost: $8,910

Required Courses


General Education Courses - (9 Credits)

English Requirement - (3 Credits)

Select one of the following English courses


ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I



ENGL 1005Applied Technical Communication


Math Requirement - (3 Credits)

Select one of the following Math Courses

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics



MATH 1005Applied Technical Mathematics


Social/Behavioral Science Requirement - (3 Credits)

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology


Occupational Courses (46 Credits)

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care


COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


DENA 1010Basic Human Biology


DENA 1030Preventive Dentistry


DENA 1050Microbiology and Infection Control


DENA 1070Oral Pathology and Therapeutics


DENA 1080Dental Anatomy


DENA 1090Dental Assisting National Board Examination Preparation


DENA 1340Dental Assisting I: General Chairside


DENA 1350Dental Assisting II: Dental Specialties and EDDA Skills


DENA 1390Dental Radiology


DENA 1400Dental Practice Management


DENA 1460Dental Practicum I


DENA 1470Dental Practicum II


DENA 1480Dental Practicum III


Total Credit Hours: 55


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.
5. The graduate will be able to perform front office duties—file insurance, take payments, schedule appointments.