Associate in Applied Science in Dental Health

The A.A.S. degree provides the dental assisting major with additional career and educational opportunities in dental health. The program includes all of the course work required for the Certificate in Dental Assisting, which is accredited by the American Dental Association. The objective of the A.A.S. degree is to enhance an individual’s employment opportunities in dental office management or in teaching dental assisting. Some dental institutions have developed upper-division programs that recognize the A.A.S. degree for transfer of credits.

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are generally not intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Produce quality dental radiographs.
  • Demonstrate the methods for infection control.
  • Demonstrate the skills required in the application of dental fluorides.
  • Demonstrate the skills required in the application of coronal polishing.
  • Demonstrate the skills required in the application of dental sealants.
  • Demonstrate the general chair-side skills required in performing additional state-approved expanded functions, such as taking impressions, application of surface anesthesia, and others.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills pertaining to legal and ethical issues related to dentistry.
  • Demonstrate the skills required for management of a dental practice, including managing staff, record-keeping, inventory, payroll, billing and quality assurance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of public health education, including regarding the prevalence and incidence of dental disease.
  • Demonstrate compassion, empathy and sensitivity to patients of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand the higher education options in all dental professions.

Class Requirements


HLCR 113        Medical Terminology (3)


Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)

(or any equal or higher MATH)


MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3)


MATH 121       College Algebra (4) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs.)

BIOL 123          Biology for Health Sciences (3)

BIOL 123L       Biology for Health Sciences Lab (1)

CHEM 111       Introduction to Chemistry (3)

CHEM 111L    Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

BSAD 235         Human Relations in the Workplace (3)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3)

PSYC 130         Applied Health Psychology (3)

SOCI 111          Introduction to Sociology (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts (3 hrs.)

Choose from the following:

BSAD 270         Business Ethics (3) S

SPAN 152         Spanish for Medical Personnel (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)

Any World Language course (4)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)


AHAC 151        Basic Life Support for Healthcare

Providers (.5)

DAST 121          Dental Assisting I (2)

DAST 122          Dental Materials (2)

DAST 122L       Dental Materials Lab (1)

DAST 123          Dental Radiography I (2)

DAST 123L       Dental Radiography I Lab (1)

DAST 124          Dental Sciences I (3)

DAST 125          Clinical Procedures I (2)

DAST 125L       Clinical Procedures I Lab (1)

DAST 131          Dental Sciences II (4)

DAST 133          Practice Management (2)

DAST 134          Clinical Procedures II (2)

DAST 134L       Clinical Procedures II Lab (2)

DAST 141          Dental Education Issues (1)

DAST 193         Dental Practicum I (2)

DAST 222         Community Dental Health (2)

DAST 293         Dental Practicum II (5)

DAST 294         Dental Professional Seminar (1-2)


Choose from the following:

DAST 295A      Preparation for Radiation Health and Safety Exam (1)

DAST 295B      Preparation for Infection Control
Exam (1)

DAST 295C      General Chair-side Review (1)

DAST 296         Dental Fluorides, Polishing and Sealants Review (1)

EDUC 111        Introduction to Education (3)*

EDUC 290        Education Seminar (1-3)

NUTR 200        Nutrition (3) S ♥

OFTC 111         Business Software Essentials (4)

*EDUC 112L is not required as a corequisite to EDUC 111 for dental students.

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)