2008-2009 Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2008-2009 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting

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Accredited by the Commission on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

The Dental Assisting Certificate program provides the general education core, science, and clinical education courses necessary for career-entry preparation. The program is comprised of an academic phase and a clinical practicum in participating dental offices. Following the successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification and the state registry examination.

All courses in the Dental Assisting certificate program will articulate into the associate of applied science degree program in Allied Health with a concentration in Dental Assisting.

Admission, Retention, and Graduation Requirements

Admission Requirements (General)

A student desiring to pursue the technical certificate in Dental Assisting must:

  1. Apply, meet the general admission requirements and be accepted by Northeast State Technical Community College.
  2. Indicate Dental Assisting as the desired major on the Northeast State application form.
  3. See a faculty advisor from the Health-Related Professions area prior to registering for classes and obtain faculty approval to register.
  4. Complete all required remedial and developmental courses in reading and writing prior to completion of the Dental Assisting program.

Enrollment Requirements

A student who has completed the above referenced requirements and has maintained an overall 2.0 GPA, excluding remedial and developmental courses, is eligible to enroll in Dental Assisting courses. To enroll in Dental Assisting courses, the student must complete and return to the Dental Assisting Program director a “Request for Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Program” form. The student should attach to the form a current transcript of all college courses taken.

Enrollment in the Dental Assisting Program

  1. Students enrolled in Dental Assisting courses will be endorsed by the Dental Assisting Advisory Committee whose membership consists of:
    1. Dean of Health-Related Professions
    2. Program Director of the Dental Assisting program.
    3. Representatives from the local communities of interest.
    4. Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio).
  2. Students will be evaluated on overall GPA, grades earned in required sciences and prior education.
  3. Transfer Students – Individuals who have attended other colleges and desire to transfer into the Northeast State Dental Assisting program will be considered on an individual basis. Transfer requests should be directed to the Dean of Health-Related Professions. Transfer students must meet the same standards and criteria as others desiring to pursue a technical certificate in Dental Assisting program at Northeast State.

Re-enrollment Policies

A student who has been dismissed or has withdrawn from the Dental Assisting program may be re-enrolled. The following apply:

  1. Only one re-enrollment to the Dental Assisting program is permitted. This re-enrollment must occur within a one year time frame.
  2. A student must apply to the Dental Assisting Program Director for enrollment at least one semester before the desired date of return.
  3. A student must request re-enrollment in writing and appear before the Dental Assisting Program Director and Dean of Health-Related Professions.
  4. A student who fails to maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA may be considered for readmission only after removing all grades of less than a “C” in all required general education courses.
  5. A student repeating a Dental Assisting course must repeat both the theory and clinical components of the course.
  6. A student may be re-enrolled only if space is available.


To remain in good standing once enrolled in the Dental Assisting program, the student must:

  1. Adhere to all Northeast State, Dental Assisting program, department, and clinical affiliate policies.
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA or better in each Dental Assisting course.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the theory, clinical, and/or skills requirements of each Dental Assisting course. Failure in either segment will result in a grade of “F” for the entire course.
  4. Submit to the Dental Assisting Program director written evidence, on the appropriate form, of a physical examination within the past six months showing the applicant is in good physical health and possesses no physical disabilities which would impede the applicant’s ability to fulfill the functions and responsibilities of the dental assistant. Any limitations in the individual’s ability to perform adequately will require additional documentation.
  5. Exhibit safe clinical behavior.
  6. Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal conduct.
  7. Purchase professional liability insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000).
  8. Maintain CPR certification.
  9. Sign a statement prior to enrollment indicating he/she is drug free and submit to a drug test if requested by the Dean of Health-Related Professions at any time during the program. A positive drug test is grounds for immediate dismissal.
  10. Students must comply with policies of clinical affiliates concerning criminal background checks and must assume associated costs.


Program graduation requirements include the successful completion of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.

Total Credit Hours: 49

For Further Information

Paulette Yelton, CDA, MPA
Program Director/Associate Professor
Telephone: 423.354.5501
Fax: 423.245.5930


Donald S. Coleman
Dean, Health-Related Professions
Telephone: 423.323.0238
Fax: 423.245.5930

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