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:
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:
For an application, contact the MCC Admissions Office at 292-2000, or apply on-line at the MCC website: www.monroecc.edu
These are the functions that licensed New York State Certified Dental Assistants can perform under New York State Education Law, section 6608:
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.