Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistant

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About the Program

**The next Dental Assisting cohort will begin spring 2019!
Classes meet during the day.**

The Dental Assistant Certificate of Completion program prepares students for entry-level employment within the dental industry. You will learn about dental assisting through lecture, hands-on experience and clinical experience in the field. Our expert instructors and licensed dentists will demonstrate patient procedures, and you will learn chair-side in our state-of-the-art Dental Education Clinic in the new Health Education Center on Beacon Hill.

Prepare for a Career

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics dental assisting jobs will grow 25 percent between 2012-2022. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to work as a dental assistant, lab technician, sterilization technician, dental office receptionist or medical practice manager.

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Learn more about how to enroll at Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI).

What You'll Learn

Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, clinical procedures and specialty dental courses that prepare you for entry-level employment in a dental clinic or healthcare organization.

By the end of the course of study in the Dental Assistant Program students should be able to:

  1. Function as a clinical dental assistant with expanded duties in all of the following – dental specialties, dental laboratory procedures, digital radiology, sterilization techniques, nutritional counseling and preventive procedures.
  2. Effectively communicate in oral and written form with patients, peers and members of the dental health team.
  3. Possess proficiency in dental front office skills including patient in-take, scheduling, insurance and financial procedures and general office computer skills including email, spreadsheets, word processing and dental office specialty software applications used for billing and scheduling.
  4. Engage in lifelong involvement in the community in the promotion of dental health through the profession of Dental Assisting.
  5. Possess the necessary skills to pass the Dental Assistant National Board Exam.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of job readiness with resume building, interviewing skills and complete competency in all basic dental assisting skills by successfully completing a mandatory clinical experience in the field.

Course Planning

Eligibility for ENGL 098
Eligibility for MATH 087/091
Quarter One
Prefix Course Credits
AHD 150 Introduction to Dental Assisting 1
AHD 151 Clinical Science I 4
AHD 152 Clinical Science II 4
AHD 153 Dental Equipment and Instruments 1
AHD 154 Dental Materials 2
AHD 155 Clinical Laboratory I 1.5
AHD 156 Practice Management 2
AHD 157 Preventative Dentistry 2
AHE 126 Healthcare Provider CPR/First Aid 2
Quarter Two
Prefix Course Credits
AHD 160 Clinical Procedures I 10
AHD 161 Radiology Science (math to be embedded) 6
AHD 162 Radiology Laboratory 4
AHD 173 Law and Ethics 2
Quarter Three
Prefix Course Credits
AHD 170 Clinical Procedures II 10
AHD 171 Dental Specialities 4
AHD 172 Clinical Laboratory II 4
AHD 190 Job Skills 1.5
Quarter Four
Prefix Course Credits
AHD 192 DA Mandatory Clinicals 9

Certificate Total, 70 Credits

Class Schedule

Useful Resources


The program in dental assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval with reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Gainful Employment

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