As the Rio Grande Valley continues to grow, the demand for health care services is growing just as rapidly. Dental health care is one area of health care that has grown the most, requiring increased utilization of dental assistants to keep up with the demand. A dental assistant performs a variety of chairside assisting duties and related office and laboratory procedures under the supervision of the dentist. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a shortage of dental assistants through the year 2020.
This program is accredited by the American Dental Association which allows graduates to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination to become certified dental assistants.
• In addition to admissions requirements listed under "Admissions Information," applicants may be required to take the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test if the number of candidates greatly exceeds the number of openings in the new class, in addition to an interview with the Department Chair of Dental Assistant. Students must complete the Dental Assistant Program Application two months prior to the enrollment date.
• The Dental Assistant program follows the TSTC health professions program grading scale. The student must maintain a numerical average of 78 or better in each required major course to receive the Certificate of Completion.
Clinical Entry Requirements
Before enrolling in clinical study, a student must have on file with the department the following materials:
• Results of prescribed physical examination.
• Proof of required immunizations.
• Proof of liability insurance of at least $1 million, health and accident insurance and needlestick insurance (available through TSTC)