Dental Assistant Program

Manchester Community College’s thirty-one credit Dental Assistant certificate program has been designed to prepare students for a career as a dental assistant and to take the profession's credentialing examination. For students who are able to attend school on a full-time basis, the program can be completed in eight months; for part-time students, the program can be completed in as little time as a year.

What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

Dental assistants help a dentist during dental procedures by handing instruments to the dentist and operating a suction device. They also perform other tasks, such as preparing a patient for treatment, overseeing the cleaning and sterilization of instruments, taking impressions and exposing x-rays. In general, the assistant does those tasks that enable the dentist to practice efficiently and focus more on the patient. In some instances, an assistant will also handle front desk duties, such as answering the telephone, scheduling appointments and overseeing supplies and deliveries.

What is the Employment Outlook?

As people live longer and retain more of their natural teeth, there will be an increase in the number of patients requiring dental care.  One way to meet this demand is for dentists to hire dental assistants.  It is not uncommon for one dentist to employ two or three dental assistants.  Both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Connecticut Department of Labor are predicting a high growth rate well into the next decade for the dental assisting field. According to the Connecticut Statewide Occupational Employment and Wages 2010 Report, dental assistants have the potential to earn above average salaries.

What Courses are Required?

At MCC, the Dental Assistant program curriculum is a mix of science and hands-on/practical courses. The curriculum includes courses on dental practice management, anatomy and biology, and a clinical rotation in a dentist’s office assisting in basic procedures that were learned in the classroom and college laboratory.  The program also prepares students to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examinations to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).

View the Program Curriculum

Application to Program

In addition to completing the MCC Students Application, students who are interested in pursuing a health career in the Dental Assistant Program are required to fill out a separate Health Career Program application (applications are also available by calling the Admissions office at 860-512-3210) and return it the Health Careers Office, LRC A237. The Dental Assistant Program application deadline is June 1, 2014.

Contact Information

Kathleen Jeffries, Program Coordinator
Dental Assistant Program

MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and "real world" credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

Last Update: February 10 2014
For additional information, contact: 860-512-2704