Our first class graduated in May 1998. Fourteen to sixteen students are admitted to the program. The on-campus Dental Assisting program is a two semester certificate program. It is accredited by the American Dental Association. Upon graduation and successful passing of the three part licensing examination student are eligible for licensure and will be able to perform advanced Dental Assisting functions as outlined by the New York State Education Department.
To be a qualified applicant, the following entrance
requirements for Dental Assisting must be met:
- Meet all Hygiene pre-requisite requirements to enter the program prior to admission
- High School Diploma or GED
- Completed physical
- ESOL and Transitional Studies courses completed
prior to matriculation into the program
- When a student wants to enter the Dental Hygiene program they must meet all Dental Hygiene prerequisites by the application deadline. Students may receive preference for admission to the Dental Hygiene program in the semester immediately following graduation from the on-campus Dental Assisting program only. Check with the Admissions Office for the further details of this pathway.
On-Line Dental Assisting Program
Monroe Community College and the SUNY (State
University of New York) Learning Network are offering a program of courses
to meet the education requirements of New York State licensure through
on-line computer courses. This innovative program is designed to meet
the needs of practicing dental assistants who may not have access to
a traditional on-campus program.
Learning Network is an Internet-based delivery system. Lecture material
and course content are offered entirely on-line by computer. Laboratory
and clinical experience are monitored by the sponsoring dentist who
employs the student. In combination, the student is able to fulfill
all the requirements necessary for licensure for New York State.
Monroe Community College's program includes
courses in professional dental assisting, clincial content areas, biomedical
sciences, and communication skills. The sequence of courses allows students
to complete program in varying lengths of time. All courses carry college
: Once students begin coursework in the on-line Dental Assisting program they may be able to perform supportive services to a Dentist in his /her performance of dental services as authorized under New York State Education Law 6608.
To be admitted to the program, students must:
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Be currently employed as a dental assistant by a dentist who will act as a preceptor
- Complete a Preceptor Packet (.pdf format)
- Have access to a computer and the Internet
For an application, contact the MCC Admissions
Office at 292-2000, or apply on-line at the MCC website: www.monroecc.edu
Requirements for Successful Completion of the Online
Dental Assistant Program
- 500 hours of clinical experience during the
- Successful completion of each course
Verification of Course Work for State Licensure
- Upon successful completion of the program,
MCC will issue you a transcript for submission with your licensure
These are the functions that licensed New
York State Certified Dental Assistants can perform under New York State
Education Law, section 6608:
- providing patient education
- taking preliminary medical histories and
vital signs to be reviewed by the dentist
- place and remove rubber dams
- select and prefit provisional crowns
- select and prefit orthodontic bands
- remove orthodontic arch wires and ligature ties
- place and remove matrix bands
- take impressions for study casts or diagnostic casts
- remove periodontal dressings
- remove sutures placed by a licensed dentist
- take impressions for space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards
- remove temporary cement
- apply topical anticariogenic agents to the teeth
- apply desensitizing agents to the teeth
- place and remove temporary separating devices
- place orthodontic ligatures
- take dental x-rays in accordance with Public Health Law
- perform such other dental supportive services authorized by the dentist and consistent with New York State laws, rules and regulations.
- Enrollment in classes is limited to ensure
the best instructor/student ratio
- Advance registration is required; waiting
lists are maintained for each course.
- Please consult the descriptions below and
semester schedule in planning your program of study.
There is an additional charge for textbooks
needed for each course. The textbooks may be purchased through the SUNY
Learning Network (SLN) as directed on the Web site or you may purchase
required books at your local bookstore.
more information, contact us!
Lawrence, Program Director - 292-2761
Maureen Tompkins, Secretary
Mary Jo Toepfer, Dept. Secretary - 292-2766
Health Professions Dept. - 292-2038