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Our Program

About Our Program 

Our Dental Assisting Program prepares students to perform the duties of a Dental Assistant in a dental office. Our program consists of 180 hours of on-line classes, in-person lectures/labs and an externship.  It is designed to be completed in 8 weeks with the on-line classes completed during weekdays and/or weeknights and the in-person lectures/labs conducted on weekends.  An externship follows and is one week.

The first day of class includes orientation.  During orientation students will be introduced to their instructor, given a tour of the dental office, given their textbooks and supplies, and measured for their uniforms. School policies will be reviewed, the on-line system will be reviewed, and students will be given their first on-line assignments.

The publisher of the course material is Elsevier.
The printed texts are Modern Dental Assisting and Dental Instruments: A Pocket Guide.

The on-line course is Dental Assisting Online.

On-line classes will be conducted through the Evolve Learning Management System by Elsevier.

Additional learning resources are available through Elsevier’s on-line Resources for Evolve and Elsevier’s on-line Peer Support.

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Our Dental Assisting course is 180 hours.

84 Hours On-Line: 42 2-Hour Modules

64 Hours In-Person

4 Hours of Orientation 
20 1 Hour Chapter Lectures

32 1 Hour Competency Labs
4 Hours of CPR 

4 Hour Final Exam 

32 Hours Externship: 4 8-Hour Workdays 

A typical 8 week program looks like:


Saturday or Sunday

Monday thru Friday




Chapter 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 1-6

Monday thru Friday



Competency 13
Chapter 10

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 7-12

Monday thru Friday



Competency 15,19,20,21
Chapter 18

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 13-18

Monday thru Friday



Competency 23,26,27,28,29,31,24,CPR
Chapter 22,24,25

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 19-24

Monday thru Friday



Competency 33,34,35,36,37,32
Chapter 32

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 25-30

Monday thru Friday



Competency 39,41,42,43,44,45,40
Chapter 40

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 31-36

Monday thru Friday



Competency 46,47,48,49,50,51,52,53,55,57
Chapter 52,53,55,57

Saturday or Sunday

Modules 37-42

Monday thru Friday



Competency 54,56,58,59,61,64
Chapter 61,64
Final Exam

Saturday or Sunday

Externship & Graduation

Monday thru Friday

Our academic program is based on Modern Dental Assisting, 13th Edition, by Bird and Robinson.

Major topics covered include:

  • Oral Embryology and Histology

  • Overview of the Dentitions

  • Dental Caries

  • Preventive Dentistry

  • Oral Pathology

  • Principles and Techniques of Disinfection

  • Medical History

  • Vital Signs

  • Assisting in a Medical Emergency

  • Dental Hand Instruments

  • Moisture Control

  • Intraoral Imaging

  • Restorative and Esthetic Dental Materials

  • Dental Cements

  • Laboratory Materials and Procedures

  • Matrix Systems for Restorative Dentistry

  • Provisional Coverage

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Dental Sealants

  • Head and Neck Anatomy

  • Tooth Morphology

  • Periodontal Disease

  • Nutrition

  • Disease Transmission and Infection Prevention

  • Chemical and Waste Management

  • Medically and Physically Compromised Patient

  • Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

  • Delivering Dental Care

  • Dental Handpieces and Accessories

  • Anesthesia and Pain Control

  • Extraoral Imaging

  • Dental Liners Bases, and Bonding Systems

  • Impression Materials and Techniques

  • General Dentistry

  • Fixed Prosthodontics

  • Endodontics

  • Coronal Polishing

  • Business Operating Systems

  • Foundations of Radiography, Radiographic Equipment, and Radiation Safety

  • Principles and Techniques of Instrument Processing and Sterilization

  • Digital Imaging, Dental Film, and Processing Radiographs

  • Financial Management in the Dental Office

Our in-person lectures/labs are held in Johns Creek, GA.

I started as a sterilization tech by helping the dental assistants sterilize instruments, turning operatory rooms, and prepping for patients. Based on my determination and hard work, our oral surgeon asked that I pursue my career in becoming a dental assistant. I have gone through the training courses and am now a surgical dental assistant. I am so happy I took on this opportunity because I have taken a huge step up in my dental career. I am now working with patients directly and am responsible for helping them achieve their oral health goals. It is very rewarding and helps my work days go by fast. I plan on continuously growing in the dental field to see how far I can go.

Richelle Dang

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