Expanded Functions in Dental Assisting
Looking for a school in Maryland or Pennsylvania for your dental assisting training? Give All-State Career School a all today and learn more about their upcoming start dates in dental assisting. During your training you’ll take courses in restorative dentistry, prosthodontics, expanded function dental software applications, biomedical sciences and more. To graduate you’ll need to have 160 hours at an externship site, a 2.0 grade point average or better, attendance of 85 percent or better and have completed all courses for the program with a 60% or better grade.
The objective of the Expanded Functions Dental Assisting program is to train students to acquire satisfactory skills and demonstrate competence in a variety of dental office procedures and laboratory techniques. The procedures and lab techniques include preliminary examination procedure, assisting at chair-side using four-handed dentistry, charting, appointment scheduling, keeping patient records and sterilizing instruments. Under the direct supervision of a dentist, the assistant may perform expanded functions such as intraoral procedures in restorative dentistry and oral surgery. The assistant qualified in radiology may also take and expose radiographs. Students are evaluated in all areas of professional development including applicable spelling, terminology, theory and performance skills, as well as front office skills and general education subjects.
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will be qualified to assume entry-level positions as a dental assistant in dental offices and clinics performing the lab techniques and office procedures described above.
Upon successful completion of the Radiology course, students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety examination (RHS). Upon successful completion of the Red module , students are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board’s (DANB) Infection Control Examination (ICE). These tests are offered through Pearson Learning/Testing Center by computer. Upon successful completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the Maryland General Dental Assisting Expanded Functions (MDG) exam. Please note that Maryland applicants must apply separately to the State of Maryland Board of Dental Examiners for a Dental Radiation Technologist (DRT) credential and the Maryland Qualified Dental Assistant (QDA) credential.