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Certificate Program

Department:Health Professions

School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

MCC Program Code: DA03
CIP Code: 51.0601
NYSED Code (BRI): 31856

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New, Transfer, or Re-admit students should contact Admissions at (585) 292-2200 or

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100% of this program can be completed online.

This program will provide didactic education and clinical training in chairside dental assisting procedures, manipulation of dental materials, laboratory procedures, radiographic techniques, specialty assisting procedures, infection control procedures and expanded functions permitted by state regulations for an individual that is currently employed as a Dental Assistant in New York state. The program will offer units in the biomedical sciences content areas, oral histology and embryology, pathology, therapeutics, the legal and ethical aspects of dentistry and coursework in and oral and written communications and behavioral concepts. This program will include at least 500 hours of relevant clinical experience in the practice of dental assisting. The D.A.R.T. certificate program is not financial aid eligible.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: To remain in the program students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses prefixed DAS and a grade of C- in all courses prefixed DEN.
(Housed in the Health Professions Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) providing patient education
2) taking preliminary medical histories and vital signs to be reviewed by the dentist
3) place and remove rubber dams
4) select and prefit provisional crowns
5) select and prefit orthodontic bands
6) remove orthodontic arch wires and ligature ties
7) place and remove matrix bands
8) take impressions for study casts or diagnostic casts
9) remove periodontal dressings
10) remove sutures placed by a licensed dentist
11) take impressions for space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards
12) remove temporary cement
13) apply topical anticariogenic agents to the teeth
14) apply desensitizing agents to the teeth
15) place and remove temporary separating devices
16) place orthodontic ligatures
17) take dental x-rays in accordance with Public Health Law
18) perform such other dental supportive services authorized by the dentist and consistent with New York State laws, rules and regulations.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Completed physical examination. High school graduate or high school equivalency diploma. CPR certification. The online option is for currently employed Dental Assistants with a sponsoring dentist.

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
DAS 110 Preclinical Dental Assisting4
DAS 117 Biomedical Foundations for Dental Assisting Practice3
DAS 121 Dental Assisting Clinical Experience1
DAS 227 Dental Specialties Procedures2
DEN 111 Dental Radiography I2
DEN 113 Barrier Precautions and Infection Control Measures1
DEN 211 Dental Materials2

NOTE to Students: The online DART program must be completed in four semesters or less. Some students complete the program in two semesters (if they register early and courses are available). Completing in one year is not always possible. Please see Dental Studies faculty for advisement. To remain in the program students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses prefixed DAS and a grade of C- in all courses prefixed DEN. An option exists to "place out" of certain courses. Inquire with the program director in regard to this option.