Program Overview

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Clinical Dental Assisting program is designed to provide an opportunity for students to practice advanced expanded functions in clinical dental assisting. The distance education format and frequent enrollment opportunities allow for flexibility in program completion.

The program is a blend of academic and clinical coursework that requires attention to detail and motivation to complete tasks on a timeline. Courses must be taken in specific chronological order with clinical experience completed in partnership with a practicing dentist who is a member of the state Dental Association.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Dental Assisting National Board Certification Exams for the designation CDA-Certified Dental Assistant, and the Arizona State Certification in Radiation Health and Safety Exam, and the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP).

The total number of credits required for this certificate is 34-34.5. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

Applicants who are accepted and enroll in the Clinical Dental Assisting program will be exposed to blood-borne and infectious diseases. The program strictly adheres to established policies and procedures regarding infection control as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association

    Requirements

    A high school diploma or GED equivalency is required.

    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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