Dental Assisting
Ogeechee Technical College

Dental Assisting Program Flyer


Meet the Faculty

Yvonne Jenkins, RDH, CDA

Dental Assisting Program Director

Office: Rm 556
Health Science Bldg.

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. The Commission’s web address is:

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Employment Opportunities

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.

Other Information

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:

  • Assisting the dentist during treatment

  • Taking and developing dental radiographs

  • Preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment

  • Taking impressions of patient's teeth

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Teaching patients good home care techniques such as brushing and flossing

  • Recording patient's medical histories

  • Scheduling and confirming appointments

  • Helping to keep the patient comfortable

Program Admission

A minimum GPA of 2.5 and successful completion of ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, COMP 1000, DENA 1080, ALHS 1011 and ALHS 1040 are required prior to taking any Dental Assisting program courses.

Program Goals

  1. To provide students with a quality learning experience, that helps to create a strong and continuous enrollment in the Dental Assisting program.

  2. To develop a program that encourages students to obtain the highest level of competence in the dental assisting field and achieve program completion in a reasonable amount of time.

  3. To prepare graduates to function as safe and competent employees in the field of dental assisting.

  4. To foster employer participation, understanding, and confidence in the instructional process and the competence of Dental Assisting program graduates.

  5. To provide graduates of the Dental Assisting program with sufficient knowledge of theoretical concepts and practicum work techniques in order to pass the certification exam.

  6. To maintain ADA accreditation by achieving the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements” since 2002.

  7. To employ knowledgeable, experienced faculty who can maintain an academic program focused on student-centered learning, and deliver effective instruction to students in all areas of dental assisting.

  8. To assess program needs and ensure that all necessary supplies and equipment are purchased and utilized in a responsible manner.


Programs of Study

Dental Assisting Diploma*

*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.


Program Courses

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