Health Science -A.S. Degree- Dental Assisting Option Dental Assisting Studies (AHS 172) Offered Only at McCann Technical School Program Advisor: Anne Fortune, 413-236-4555. Dental assistants perform a wide variety of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills. Under the supervision of a dentist, the dental assistant prepares all instruments, materials and equipment used in dental procedures, takes dental radiographs (xrays), assists the dentist in all procedures, provides oral care instruction to patients, and performs office administration tasks. Most ental assistants work in private general dental practices or dental specialty offices. Employment opportunities also exist in insurance companies and public health or hospital-based clinics. The McCann dental assistant program, in existence since 1962, has een fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation since 1972. Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification examination. Those who pass this examination may use the designation of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Students aleady enrolled in the McCann program may begin taking BCC courses concurrent with their dental assisting coursework and then continue as full- or part-time students to complete required BCC courses for the associate degree. Other students may wish to pursue some or all of the associate degree requirements at BCC before applying to McCann for the dental assistant program. Previous graduates of the McCann program are encouraged to contact BCC for specific advising regarding the courses necessary to qualify for the associate degree.
To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 64 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below and in the next column.
Program 43 Credits
Dental Assisting Studies (1)
AHS 150 Introduction to Nutrition 3
BIO 150 Introduction to the Human Body 4
CIS 102 Fundamental Computer Literacy 4