Dental Assisting & Hygiene

Dental assistants and hygienists are indispensable members of the dental team. Both are well-paid, rewarding careers that are in high demand.

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Dental Assisting (A.A.S. degree)
Dental Assisting (A.A.S. degree)

The Dental Assisting program includes curriculum content in general studies, biodental sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice. Students receive more than 300 hours of on-the-job training in community and regional dental offices in addition to courses taken on campus.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science


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Dental Assisting (Certificate)
Dental Assisting (Certificate)

The Dental Assisting program includes curriculum in general studies, biodental sciences, dental sciences, clinical sciences and clinical practice.

  • Type: Certificate
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science


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Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene

The Dental Hygiene program consists of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences emphasizing skill development, self-assessment and professionalism offered over five continuous semesters. The majority of the clinical experience is in the NDSCS dental clinic.

  • Type: A.A.S. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Health Science


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Dental Assisting

This 10-month, limited-enrollment program prepares students for a career as a dental assistant. Most accepted students have completed one year of college. The program integrates off-campus clinical experiences in a variety of dental offices with a core of biological and on-site laboratory and clinical courses. Most graduates are employed in general or specialty dental practices. The roles of a dental assistant vary, depending on the state regulations, and may include:

  • Assisting the dentist during a variety of procedures
  • Exposing radiographs
  • Taking impressions of patient’s teeth
  • Applying preventive agents such as fluoride or pit and fissure sealants

 

Dental Hygiene

This limited-enrollment program prepares students for a career as a dental hygienist. It is two years in length and requires as least one year of prerequisite courses. The program blends clinical dental hygiene experiences with a core of biological, behavioral and social sciences. Graduates are typically employed in general dental practices. The roles of the dental hygienist vary depending on the state board regulations and may include:

  • Patient screening procedures
  • Exposing radiographs
  • Removing hard and soft deposits from the teeth
  • Providing patient education regarding oral hygiene, nutrition and risk factors that influence oral disease

The NDSCS Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs are fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678.

CODA 3rd Party Comments Notification

Dental Assisting Graduates from 2018-19 Academic Year - Dental Assisting
Graduates Registered Jobs Reported Avg. Beginning Monthly Salary High Monthly Salary Placement Rate
13 425 $3,400 $3,986 100%
Dental Hygiene Graduates from 2018-19 Academic Year - Dental Hygiene
Graduates Registered Jobs Reported Avg. Beginning Monthly Salary High Monthly Salary Placement Rate
21 422 $4,245 $6,413 100%

“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

Give Kids a Smile
01-04-2019

The North Dakota State College of Science Allied Dental Education Clinic will participate in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile® Day on Friday, February 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mayme Green Allied Health Center on the NDSCS campus at 800 6th Street North, Wahpeton, N.D.

All patients must have appointments in advance. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients younger than 18 years. To schedule an appointment, please contact the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2333 or 701-671-2333.

This nationwide event designates a day of free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing dental care or families with limited financial resources. The clinic will provide dental care to individuals ranging in age from three to 18.

Services provided may include basic restorative procedures, simple extractions and patient exams. NDSCS Allied Dental students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride applications and oral health education. More than $16,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2018 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students.

“This year, we are excited to work with Dr. Brent Holman and Dr. Carl Trout – pediatric dentists from Fargo, N.D. who have provided many children with dental care in past dental mission work,” said NDSCS Give Kids a Smile Program Coordinator Chanel Malone. “We are fortunate to receive support and/or contributions from the North Dakota Dental Foundation, the American Dental Association, and local and regional dental community volunteers.”

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“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

01-25-2018
The NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic will participate in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile® Day.

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“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

01-30-2017
The NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic will be participating in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile® Day on February 10.

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“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

Give Kids a Smile logo
02-01-2016

The NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic will be participating in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile® Day on February 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mayme Green Allied Health Center at NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D.

All patients must have appointments in advance. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients younger than 18 years. To schedule an appointment, please contact the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2333 or 701-671-2333.

This nationwide event designates a day of free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing dental care or families with limited financial resources. The clinic will be providing dental care to individuals ranging in age from three to 18.

Services provided may include basic restorative procedures, simple extractions and patient exams. NDSCS Allied Dental students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride applications and oral health education. Approximately $13,000 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2015 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students.

“This year, we are excited to work with Dr. Brent Holman and Dr. Carl Trout – pediatric dentists from Fargo, N.D. who have provided many children with dental care in past dental mission work,” said NDSCS Give Kids a Smile Program Coordinator Chanel Malone. “We are fortunate to receive support and/or contributions from the North Dakota Dental Foundation, the American Dental Association, and local and regional dental community volunteers.”