Clinical Dental Assistant Certificate

The Clinical Dental Assistant Online Certificate Program, offered in partnership with ed2go, will prepare you to become a productive member of a dental team as a professional dental assistant. You’ll learn about every aspect of professional dental assisting, including invaluable real-world perspectives from experienced dental assistants and essential information about anatomy and physiology, preventive dentistry, patient care and communication, radiology, pharmacology, anesthesia, assisting in specialty practices, employment strategies and much more.

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning about the dental assisting field and prepare for the radiology and infection control portions of the Dental Assisting National Board exam.

Certificate Completion

Upon finishing this program, you’ll be prepared to successfully complete the radiology and infection control portions of the Dental Assisting National Board exam.

Delivery Format

  • The entire program is offered online
  • Instructor-facilitated online courses
  • Start anytime during the quarter
  • Learn from the convenience of your home and at your pace

Course Information
Course No. GES 121
Units NC
Fee* $1,995

* Fees are subject to change


Training Time

240 hours, 6 months

expand I. Overview of the Dental Profession
  • Introduction to the Practice of Dentistry
  • The Dental Patient
  • Dental Practice
  • Employment Strategies
expand II. Dental Health and Disease
  • Oral Health and Preventative Techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Etiology of Dental Disease
expand III. Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Human Physiology
  • Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Embryology and Histology
  • Tooth Morphology
expand IV. Infection Control
  • Microbiology
  • Infection Control
  • Management of Hazardous Materials
expand V. Basics of Dental Assisting
  • Patient Care
  • Dental Charting
  • Pharmacology
  • Emergency Management
  • Chair-side Assisting
  • Dental Instruments and Tray Setups
  • Instrument Transfer and Maintaining the Operating Field
  • Anesthesia and Sedation
expand VI. Radiology
  • Producing Quality Radiographs
  • Processing Quality Radiographs
  • Extraoral and Digital Radiography
expand VII. Dental Materials
  • Dental Cements, Bases, Liners, and Bonding Agents
  • Restorative Materials, Dental Dams, Matrix, and Wedges
  • Laboratory Materials and Techniques
expand VIII. Dental Assisting in the Specialty Practice
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral Radiology
  • Public Health
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
IX. Dental Office Management

Skill Sets

  • Describe the progression of dental disease and preventive techniques
  • Identify the deciduous and permanent teeth and their functions
  • Identify anatomical landmarks of the head and neck
  • Identify the chain of infection, routes of transmission and techniques used in sterilization and disinfection
  • Complete patient charting, take vital signs and describe steps for emergency management
  • Set up trays for dental procedures and understand instrument transfer techniques
  • Expose and process quality radiographs
  • Identify dental materials and describe their uses
  • Describe the role of a dental assistant in each of the nine dental specialties


Must have access to a computer, Internet and an active e-mail account. Students should have a high school diploma or equivalent.

The following textbooks will be provided by ed2go upon registration:

  • Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Dental Terminology
  • Dental Assisting Instrument Guide
  • Delmar's Dental Assisting Exam Review
  • Flossing and Brushing Teaching Model
  • Pediatric Hygiene Kits
  • Dental Assisting: Interactive Skills and Procedures