Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Dental Office Management program provides students with an understanding of both applied practice and front office management. In addition, students gain knowledge in insurance practices, billing, and budget development. The overall educational objective of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to train for work in the dental industry.

Coursework is designed to fully familiarize students with chair-side procedures, patient care and satisfaction and clinical and administrative routines of a dental practice. The Associate degree portion of the program in particular serves to further expose students to business management fundamentals to help expand each graduate’s opportunities for employment and advancement. The total number of credits required for this degree is 60.5-63.5. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

This program provides students with the opportunity to understand dental assisting concepts and procedures, learn marketable skills in clinical, laboratory and radiologic procedures, and learn the skills to assist administratively in dental offices.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Office Management, graduates will be equipped to enter the dental field where they can work alongside dentists and other healthcare professionals to perform a wide variety of patient care, office and laboratory related duties.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 

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