The Dental Assisting Program is offered as a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree or as a one-year Certificate Program. There are a total of 35 weeks in the professional phase of the program. Students are considered full-time students for the 3 semesters. Classroom, laboratory and clinic sessions are scheduled five days a week (usually all day) during the 35 weeks; some evening courses may be scheduled.
Included in the curriculum are those expanded dental assisting duty permits, requiring special certification in the state of Oklahoma, which are issued by the Oklahoma Dental Board when education requirements are met. The Dental Assisting Program accepts 12 students each year and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
- Provide dental assisting students the knowledge of dental theory to perform clinical techniques;
- Prepare dental assisting students to perform all expanded duty procedures which are legally delegated to dental assistants in the State of Oklahoma;
- Prepare dental assisting students to successfully complete the Dental Assisting National Board Examination;
- Prepare dental assisting students and graduates with knowledge of a dental assistant's role related to employment and as an allied dental team member;
- Support and encourage the continuation of the learning process through formal education and personal development;
- Prepare graduates and students to participate in community dental health services.
Infectious/Contagious Disease Transmission
Bloodborne Infectious and Contagious Diseases: By law, when performing healthcare functions, dental assistants and dental hygienists must protect the health and safety of the public. The Allied Dental Programs written policy regarding treatment of individuals with bloodborne infectious diseases is available upon request. This policy is in accordance with the Guidelines on Infected Health Care Workers adopted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Guidelines, and Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Rules and Regulations Chapter 35.
Dental and allied dental healthcare workers provide services in the oral cavity and come in contact with blood and saliva. Although diseases may be encountered, research indicates that risks are negligible when optimal infection control procedures are practiced. The Allied Dental Programs adhere to current OSHA Guidelines for infection control, based on input from the Center for Disease Control. Procedures undergo periodic review and are updated to meet the most current guidelines. All patients are treated following “standard/universal precautions."