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Dental Assistant Program


The educationally qualified dental assistant possesses skills and knowledge utilized in a number of areas in the dental office. The dental assistant functions as a chair side assistant working directly with the dentist, performing radiology techniques and expanded functions, rubber dam placement, and numerous laboratory procedures. The dental assistant also has the ability to manage the business office.

Program Description

This one-year program offers a wide variety of training in all aspects of the dental assisting profession. Students will be able to:

  • Perform basic chair side assisting techniques in general and specialty practices.
  • Identify and utilize instruments, equipment, medications, and dental operatory maintaining the asepsis chain.
  • Expose, process, and mount dental radiographs.
  • Comprehend dental terminology, record patient medical and dental history, and chart pertinent patient information.
  • Gain understanding of dental materials, prepare and utilize appropriately.
  • identify and apply the concepts of dental ethics in relationships to the patient, dentist, and other auxiliaries of he dental team.
  • Schedule patients for various treatments, maintain a recall system, order and maintain supplies, complete patient insurance forms, make financial arrangements, and utilize basic dental software.
  • Perform dental assisting expanded functions allowed in the state of Washington.

Students have internships in several area dental offices for hands on training to apply the knowledge and clinical skills. Hours will be spent in both general dental offices and specialty practices.

Upon graduation, the dental assisting student is eligible to take the nationally recognized Dental Association National Board Examination to become an Certified Dental Assistant.

SCC's Dental Assisting program "is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body of the American Dental Association recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education."

Career Opportunities

Although the majority of dental assistants currently serve the profession in private offices, there are also positions in the rapidly growing group practices and in federal agencies, including clinics and hospitals of the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Public Health Service. Dental schools also employ qualified and experienced dental assistants to work with dental students.

Both full-time and part-time employment opportunities for dental assistants are excellent.

"The SCC dental assisting program prepared me well. My job is challenging and interesting—and I enjoy the patients. There's something different every day."

Michelle Bowman

SCC Dental Assisting graduate
Dental assistant, Lincoln Heights Dental Center

Persons with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student will be required to register with the Disability Support Services office and provide documentation of disability. Once the student is qualified by the DSS Manager as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be considered according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the nature of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable. A student denied accommodation may request an individualized determination to assure that the denial is not a result of disability discrimination by contacting the Manager of Disability Support Services and Testing at 533-7498. Contact the SCC Disability Support Services office to obtain a copy of the procedures for appeal of an accommodation denial. Other than accommodation issues, procedures for student grievances including academic dismissal are outlined in the following SCC website:

For additional information, please contact Disability Support Services.


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For more information....Additional Information
If you have general questions regarding the Dental Assistant program, its entry requirements, or the admissions process, please contact the SCC Admissions Office via email ( or phone (509-533-8020 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8020), and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will assist you.
If you have questions regarding biohazard waste, infection control, OSHA regulations, HIPAA, or patient safety, please contact Program Director Donna Phinney at (509) 533-7300.
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Spokane, WA 99217-5399
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