Dental Office Assistant - DFA1

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Dental Office Assistant program will teach students how to perform a wide range of tasks, including reception, record keeping, patient interactions and appointment scheduling in the dental office setting. Upon completion, students qualify to sit for the Certified Medical Administration Assistant (CMAA) certification exam.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;<
  • Be at least 17 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Core Courses (9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (15 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes essential skills required for the medical practice. Topics include: office protocol, time management, appointment scheduling, medical office equipment, medical references, mail services, medical records, and professional communication.
1

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body with an emphasis on organ systems. Topics include: medical terminology as it relates to the normal human body; and normal structure and function of the human body - cells and tissues, organs and systems, and homeostatic mechanisms.

 

Related Program Options:

Dental Assisting Diploma

Advisors

Sandi Woodward
Director of Dental Programs
Office: Berrien Hall, 200 Wing, Rm 220
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 5533
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus