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Dental Assistant - CERT

The CODA accredited Dental Assisting program at Luna is a full time one year program beginning in the fall, with sequential classes through the spring semester and summer semesters. Students will be required to complete off-campus externship clinical practicum hours during the spring and summer semesters.

To attain national certification through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), an individual must submit an application to DANB through an accredited dental assisting program. Those individuals desiring to stay in the state can obtain certification in Radiation Health and Safety, along with other state required functions, such as coronal polish, pit and fissure sealants, and topical fluoride application, through the NM State Board of Dental Health Care, in Santa Fe, NM.

Individuals interested in the Dental Assistant Certificate program should be aware that the dental field does have some risk of occupational hazards. The nature of the occupation could involve contact with bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. Students admitted to the program will receive proper training in biohazard protection and in the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk.

Students must apply for regular admission and complete the Institutional Proficiency requirements in Math and English (ENG098 0r ENG106 and MATH095). Completion of this certificate can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Vocational/Technical Studies in this Catalog.

Degree Requirements

The follow degree requirements are for the 2023-2024 Catalog. For other catalogs, please see Catalogs

Minimum of 40 Credit Hours

Concentration Pre-requisites (3 credit hours)
AH113 Medical Terminology 3
Concentration Pre-requisites (3 credit hours) this course is required for entry into the Dental Program.

Concentration Requirements (37 credit hours)
DENT103 Dental Materials 5
DENT109 Prevntv Dentistry/Oral Hlth Care 1
DENT118 Dental Assisting 3
DENT118L Dental Assisting Lab 1
DENT128 Community Field Experience 1
DENT145 Bio-Dental Science 3
DENT160 Dental Radiology 4
DENT167 Oral Medicine 2
DENT170 Clinical Training/Practicum I 7
DENT209 Professional Ethics 2
DENT220 Dental Office Management 2
DENT226 Dental Pharmacology 1
DENT233 Laboratory Procedures 2
DENT270 Clinical Training/Practicum II 3

Related studies to obtain an AAS in Vocational Technical Studies.


Bloodborne Pathogen Risk Statement

All individuals interested in pursuing the Dental Assistant Certificate should be aware that the dental field does have some risk of occupational hazards. The nature of the occupation could involve contact with infectious diseases, including AIDS and Hepatitis. All students admitted to the program will receive proper instruction in standard precautions and use of personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of blood and body fluid exposures.

Dental Assisting Program Student Handbook 2022-2023
Occupational Opportunities
Dental Assisting Certificate Academic Map 2022-2023