Yes, this program may be taken on a part-time basis. It will simply take longer to complete. Part-time students must meet with a program advisor. If you choose to take all the courses as they are offered, you can complete your certificate in as little as one academic year.
Students interested in pursuing a career as a dental assistant must first register to become a student at MCC. The academic advisor will arrange assessment testing to determine a student’s readiness for college coursework. Dental assisting students must show college-level abilities on the assessment test in the areas of math, reading and writing.
Yes, the application criteria for dental hygiene awards additional points for graduates of the MCC dental assisting program. However, dental hygiene applicants must complete 31 credit hours of prerequisite coursework before they are eligible to apply. All prerequisite courses are available at MCC. With the exception of one course, the dental assisting program coursework will not transfer to the dental hygiene program. Completion of DAE 106 can be substituted for DEH 106 when coupled with successful completion of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) exam.
The status of a dental assisting student is considered full-time. It is strongly recommended that a student not work more than 10-15 hours per week while school is in session. Academic demands such as class and lab time, commuting, homework, study time and clinical assignments require about 40-50 hours per week.
Yes, all healthcare providers with patient contact are required to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B. Other vaccinations may be necessary depending on the area of employment.
Contact MCC Dental Programs Office at 928.704.7797.
The Dental Assisting Program is two semesters long – beginning in the Fall and graduating at the end of Spring semester each academic year.
Yes, it is very important that all dental assisting students attend all classes, labs and clinical sessions. The fast pace of this program does not allow for missed classes to be made up without disrupting the schedule of the entire program.
The MCC Dental Assisting program is not currently seeking accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
In Mohave County, trained dental assistants can expect to enjoy an average hourly pay of $11-14. Demand for trained dental assistants is very high in Mohave County. The Arizona average pay is about $15 per hour for a trained dental assistant.
Financial aid in the form of grants and loans may be available to assist students with the costs of this program. Students who are interested should apply for aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if they qualify. This form is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or at your local MCC campuses. Financial Aid advisors are available on each campus to work with students individually to assist students through the application process.
A Dental Assistant has many duties in a dental office: assisting the dentist chairside in the performance of dental treatment procedures, exposing and developing x-rays, maintaining infection control, engaging in administrative duties and performing laboratory procedures. Employment opportunities exist in the private dental office, hospitals, government agencies, industry sales and public health programs.
All of the Dental Assisting Program face-to-face courses and labs will be offered at the Legacy Foundation Allied Health Sciences Building in Bullhead City. Some courses will contain online components. All clinical instruction will be in the MCC Dental Clinic and in local dental offices.