The Diploma in Applied Science major in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program prepares graduates to become a member of the dental team. Students learn current infection control practices, basics of four-handed dentistry, x-ray techniques and skills needed to provide preventive oral hygiene services. Students enrolled in this program will have criminal background checks. Graduates are eligible to take the DANB exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. 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, Illinois 60611.
Complete DAT-113 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-118 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-121 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-122 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-127 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-154 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-112 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-115 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-123 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-164 (minimum grade C)
Complete DAT-177 (minimum grade C)
Prior to entry, students must complete a required CPR course and complete a dental office rotation.
Students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:
• Physical Assessment
• Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer required
Programs of Study: Health & Human Services
• Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past
• Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)
• Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
• Physician’s evaluation
Admission Requirements: Admission to the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program requires a high school diploma or equivalent and one of the following:
Pre-Algebra = 54
Reading = 81
Writing = 70
Numeric = 44 and Elementary Algebra = 31
Reading = 42
Writing = 41
Arithmetic = 90
Elementary Algebra = 57
Reading Comprehension = 71
Sentence Skills = 75
Accuplacer Next Gen:
QAS = 237
Reading = 250
Writing = 250
SAT Scores - 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math. SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program.
“C” or better in RDG 100, MAT 033, and ENG 032
Based on placement scores, students may be required to take additional coursework not listed on the curriculum display and which do not count toward credit in the program.
A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit of $100 is also required.
Students must have a minimum EDDA Program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the Dental Assisting program.
Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program prepares the student to become an essential member of the dental team. The student learns current infection control practices, concepts of four-handed dentistry, radiography techniques and techniques for providing preventive oral hygiene services.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible for certification through the Dental Assisting National Board Examination. After successful completion of all three components of this examination, the graduates are entitled to use the abbreviation C.D.A. (Certified Dental Assistant) after their name.
Graduates may seek employment in private practices, military installations, hospitals, nursing homes, dental school clinics, and public health facilities. The current demand for trained dental assistants in four-handed dentistry exceeds the supply.
Visit the Dental Health Professions Department page to view program standards
The Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and have been grated the accreditation status of "approval with 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, Illinois 60611.
Policies on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases
Infectious disease transmission can pose significant concerns in the dental workplace. All dental healthcare workers must understand the basic principles of disease transmission infection control and safety to minimize the risks associated with exposure to biohazardous agents. To ensure an understanding of the risks presented and to implement safe work practices, federal regulations require that all healthcare professionals participate in specific training in infection control practices for exposure to and handling of biohazardous materials. Upon entering Dental Health Professions, the students are given a training session that includes, but is not limited to, an explanation of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, the Exposure Control Plan, hazard communication, engineering controls, work practice controls and personal protective equipment. The Exposure Control Plan and the Bloodborne Pathogen standard are available to all students, faculty and staff in the Programs’ Policy Manuals.
Program Standards for Dental Hygiene (PDF)