Our first class graduated in May 1998. Twelve 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:
High School Diploma or GED
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.
The SUNY 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 credit.
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
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 program
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 application
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.