Allied Dental Services
Health Science Option
• Must have a high school diploma or GED.
• Must take the
college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no
college level courses were previously completed.
Math: minimum grade of C in MAT 095 or place into
MAT 099 level or above.
English: minimum grade of C in ENG 100 or place into ENG 101.
• Chemistry: minimum grade of C in high school chemistry or CHM 090.
• Biology: minimum grade of C in high school biology or BIO 101
(recommended) or other college BIO.
• Math and
science courses must be taken within five years of application.
• Required grade must be earned within two attempts of
taking and completing the course.
• Dental assisting certificate
Transfer into a four-year degree program or into a dental
The allied dental services program prepares graduates for exciting career
opportunities in dental-related professions. Program graduates have the option
of working in a variety of general or specialty dental offices or clinics. They
might work in sales or marketing with dental products companies, work for
insurance companies or placement agencies specializing in the dental field.
The program is designed primarily as an associate's degree completion program
for individuals who have successfully completed an accredited dental assisting
certificate program. Strong employment growth projections for dental assistants
and for health information systems managers suggest strong employment
opportunities in this field. Completion of this program will increase
opportunities for employment and continued job.
The health science option prepares its graduates with a strong science
background and is a good choice if the ultimate goal is transfer into the dental
hygiene program or into a baccalaureate program. Does not require DANB, CDA
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to obtain employment
as noted or to continue their studies at the baccalaureate degree level in such
disciplines as business administration, liberal arts, or the sciences. Students
interested in transferring should speak with an academic advisor to be sure that
the courses selected would satisfy the requirements of the receiving
This program is designed to serve as an associate degree completion program. In
order to be considered for the allied dental services program, applicants must
first successfully complete a dental assisting certificate program at QCC or
another institution accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on
To be eligible for admission into the program, the applicant must have a high
school diploma or GED. Applicants must take the QCC math and English assessment tests to
determine math and English levels if no college level courses were previously
completed. Prospective students must: earn a minimum grade of C in MAT 095 or
place into MAT 099 level or above; earn a minimum grade of C in ENG 100 or place
into ENG 101; earn a minimum grade of C in high school chemistry or CHM 090;
earn a minimum grade of C in high school biology, BIO 101 (recommended) or other
college BIO class. All math and science courses must be taken within five years
of application and the required grade must be achieved within two attempts of
completing the course.
A Health Careers Center has been established to facilitate the entry of students
to health care programs. All students applying to the Dental Assistant program
can contact the Health Career Center 508-854-2718.
A Criminal Offender Records Information (CORI) and Sexual Offender Records
Information (SORI) check is required of all students accepted into the program.
Depending upon the option selected, a total of 30-34 credits in addition to the
dental assisting certificate program are required for the associate's degree.
Clinical Science I
Dental Assisting I
Anatomy of the Head & Neck
Dental Assisting Clinical Practicum
Clinical Science II
Introduction to Oral Pathology
Dental Assisting II
English Composition & Literature I
Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to the Chemistry of Living Systems
Speech Communication Skills
Introduction to Psychology
Introductory Sociology (Principles)
Anatomy and Physiology II
English Composition & Literature II