Meet the Faculty
Yvonne Jenkins is the Dental Assisting Program Director and has been a full time instructor at OTC for over fourteen years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) from the Medical College of Georgia and has over 30 years of experience in the dental field both in private practice and as an educator. She is a Certified Dental Assistant and a Registered Dental Hygienist.
The program in Dental Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at 312.440.4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is: http://www.ada.org/100.aspx.
Graduates of the Dental Assisting program are prepared for responsible positions in private offices, public health dentistry, dental school clinics, and federal and state community clinics.
Dental assistants who choose to become nationally certified may take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Students may sit for the national exam upon completion of the program.
What Do Dental Assistants Do?
Dental assistants are valuable members of the dental team who perform a variety of patient care, business office, and laboratory duties. They work alongside the dentist to help provide more efficient and comfortable treatment for the patient.
Tasks A Dental Assistant May Perform Include:
A minimum GPA of 2.5 and successful completion of ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, COMP 1000, and ALHS 1040 are required prior to taking any Dental Assisting program courses.
Programs of Study
*Denotes Title IV eligible program (PELL).
Program Purpose Statement
The mission of the Dental Assisting program is to provide educational opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the field of dental assisting.
DENA 1010 - Basic Human Biology
DENA 1030 - Preventive Dentistry
DENA 1050 - Microbiology and Infection Control
DENA 1070 - Oral Pathology and Therapeutics
DENA 1080 - Dental Anatomy
DENA 1090 - DANB Review
DENA 1340 - Dental Assisting I: General Chairside
DENA 1350 - Dental Assisting II: Dental Specialties and EFDA Skills
DENA 1390 - Dental Radiology
DENA 1400 - Dental Practice Management
DENA 1460 - Dental Practicum I
DENA 1470 - Dental Practicum II
DENA 1480 - Dental Practicum III
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