Dental Assistant Diploma

Helping people with their smiles!

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Program Summary

  • Dental assistants are an integral part of the dental team, playing a vital role in any dental practice. In addition to having complete knowledge of administration, the dental assistant duties include clinical chair-side and radiographic support.
  • Training at Brookline College is designed to prepare you to help patients with their smiles and educate them on ways to improve their oral care.
  • Our Dental Assistant program offers facilities and dental labs that contain materials and equipment that you will be using on the job.
  • Once you have completed the program requirements, you will enter your externship, which will give you supplementary, on the job, training to enhance your classroom experience.
  • Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board, the Arizona State Certification in Radiation Health and Safety, and the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP). After 3,500 hours of work in the field, graduates are eligible to take the Certification Exams for the designation CDA ( Certified Dental Assistant).

Employment Projections

  • 940 new Dental Assistant jobs will be added in Arizona from 2014-2024.(1)
  • 14% growth in Arizona from 2014-2024 which is much faster than the national average for all occupations.(1)
  • As the large baby-boom population ages, and as people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the need for dental care. (2)
(1) https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9091.00 (2) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/dental-assistants.htm#tab-6

Employment Options

  • Dental Offices – Front Office and Chairside
  • Dental Insurance
  • Dental Office Manager
  • Dental Office Treatment Coordinator
  • Dental Labs
  • Private and Governmental Facilities
  • Clinics
  • State and Local Public Health Departments
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Program Spotlight

What classes will I take?

Here are just a few classes you will take during the Dental Assistant program:

  • Anatomy
  • Dental Specialties
  • Preventative Dentistry
  • Dental Radiography

What are typical class hours?

Morning Classes: Start at 8:00 am and end at 12:00 pm.

Breaks are scheduled after 50 minutes of instruction and last for 10 minutes.Current students at our Phoenix campus enjoy convenient access to our cafe, which offers a full menu of breakfast and lunch options 5 days a week.

Program Description & Outline
What Classes Will I Take?

Here are just a few of the classes you will take during the Dental Assistant Program:

Dental Radiography
Restorative Dentistry
Dental Materials and Laboratory Procedures
Dental Specialties
Dental Office Administration

Program Outline

31.5 CREDITS – 732.5 CONTACT HOURS – 40 WEEKS

The goal of the Dental Assistant Program is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry level positions as dental assistants. Since they are trained in clinical, radiographic and administrative procedures, their services are also sought by dental schools, dental supply manufacturers, hospital dental departments, and insurance companies. Graduates are also capable of filling entry level positions such as dental receptionist, dental insurance clerk, dental supply salesperson, and administrative assistant.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Dental Assistant diploma program, graduates will contribute to the areas of:

  • Explain general principles of dental office administrative planning, including bookkeeping, billing, and banking procedures.
  • Explain the use of various computer and software programs used in the dental office.
  • Explain and demonstrate the types and use of 4-6 handed dentistry, dental hand pieces, rotary instruments, restorative and esthetic dental materials.
  • Discuss and explain the clinical equipment and treatment rooms found in the dental office.
  • Discuss waste management in a dental office, protection procedures that are taken when working with hazardous chemicals and bacterial contamination.
  • Discuss radiation sources and explain x-ray production, benefits, principles, and controls.
  • Describe the role of the dental assistant in obtaining, processing and mounting dental radiographs.
  • Discuss the concept of professionalism and demonstrate the responsibilities, qualities and characteristics of a professional dental assistant.
  • Discuss aspects of a professional career, including resume preparation, sources of employment, job interview skills, salary negotiations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Residential Program Requirements:

Program Concentration - 31.5 Credits - 732.5 Contact Hours Credit Hrs Lecture Hrs Lab Hrs Practicum
DA 101 Anatomy, Head and Neck Anatomy, Tooth Morphology, and Pharmacology440400
DA 102 Preventative Dentistry, Microbiology, Pathology, and Infection Control440400
DA 103 Dental Specialties440400
DA 104 Dental Office Administration, Medical Emergencies, and CPR3.532.5400
DA 105 Dental Radiography440400
DA 106 Restorative Dentistry 440400
DA 107 Dental Materials and Laboratory Procedures 440400
DA 190 Clinical Practicum/Externship400180
Total31.5272.5280180
Tuition & Fees

Your education is a big investment and Brookline College believes no investment offers more potential. A new career can transform your life, and we’re here to help you make that happen.

Tuition
  • At Brookline College there are no hidden costs. Our tuition includes books, supplies and all fees.
  • Tuition: Please call or click Request Info to determine your cost.
  • Program length: 40 weeks.
Paying For School
  • More than 88% of Brookline College students use some form of financial aid(3) to help cover the cost of their education(4). That’s why we offer personalized counseling from a Student Finance Advisor to help make your college experience more affordable.
  • We have also provided The Net Price Calculator that will provide preliminary, non-binding estimates of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility based on federal methodology.

(3) Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
(4) Percentage calculated by Brookline College for the 2015-16 school year.

Admissions Process

We want to be sure your career goals are in line with your selected program of study. Our admission process will help you understand our programs and the career expectations in the field.

Five Simple Steps:

  1. Visit the campus. See what Brookline and the Dental Assistant program is all about.
  2. Complete a Visitor Information Form.
  3. Complete a financial aid interview to develop a financial plan.
  4. Complete the Enrollment Agreement with an Admissions Representative to include collecting all necessary documentation.
  5. Meet with the Director of Education, or an appropriate Department Director to discuss any unusual enrollment circumstances or accommodations needed to successfully complete the program.

Once all requirements have been completed, the Director of Admissions, Director of Education, and Campus Director reviews the application for approval. Applicants are notified of their acceptance promptly.

Accreditation

Accreditation is the recognition that an institution maintains the standards required to achieve the credentials for professional practice. It is the status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds specific criteria of educational quality as defined by the accrediting agency.

  • Institutional Accreditation: Brookline College’s Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Brookline College has been approved by Arizona to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. For more information, visit: http://nc-sara.org/
  • Programmatic Accreditation: Programmatic accreditation, also known as specialized or professional accreditation, is designed for specialized departments, programs, schools, or colleges within a university or institution that has already received accreditation.

The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing and Master’s degree program in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001.  202-887-06791.

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The BSN pre-licensure program is currently on probation with the Arizona Board of Nursing (“AZBON”).  Brookline entered a consent agreement with AZBON, which requires Brookline to submit monthly reports.  The agreement can be found on the Arizona Board of Nursing’s website https://www.azbn.gov/. The BSN pre-licensure program is fully approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing, nmbon.sks.com.

Locations that offer this program
Phoenix
Tempe

Brookline College - Phoenix Campus

2445 W Dunlap Ave
STE 100
Phoenix, AZ 85021

(602) 242-6265

M-Th 8:00AM – 7:00PM
F 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Brookline College - Tempe Campus

1140 S. Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 545-8755

M-Th 8:00AM – 8:00PM
F 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Our Promise to You
Fixed Tuition

You will know what you’re going to pay right from the beginning and it won’t change during your education. That’s our promise to you.(5)

(5) Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
Dedicated Faculty

You’ll learn from qualified instructors who are committed to your success in the classroom. With small class sizes, you’ll interact closely with your faculty as they teach, coach and mentor you through your time of study.

Financial Guidance

Understanding the options you have to pay for school is important, and without help it can be overwhelming. Our staff will guide you through the process. From scholarships and grants to loans, we’re here to help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid. Learn More

On-the-Job Experience
The majority of our programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll spend part of your program being directly mentored by medical practitioners building your skills and confidence while earning valuable experience that looks great on your resume.
Job Placement Support

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.(6)

(6) Brookline College cannot guarantee employment
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