Dental Assisting Program
Dental Assisting is a professional career. In order to uphold the quality education of Lawson State Community College, and to maintain the standards set by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, it is necessary to establish certain guidelines for students.
As Director of the Dental Assisting Program, I welcome each student and encourage each one in attaining his/her career goals. It is my intent to support the success of each student by providing additional help and cooperation as needed. I am available to answer any questions and assist with any problems that may arise.
Dr. Teresa Ray
Dental Assisting Program Director
- Demonstrate clinical competencies of an entry level dental assistant.
- Function safely and efficiently as a member of the dental team under the supervision of the dentist.
- Communicate effectively with patients and dental team members.
- Provide dental services with respect and compassion regardless of cultural diversity.
- Exhibit legal and ethical behavior which adheres to professional conduct standards for dentistry
Upon successful completion of the Dental Assisting Program, students exhibit proficiency in office management skills, manipulation of dental materials, and the provision of patient care. Clinical experience is facilitated through internships at the University Of Alabama School Of Dentistry, Veteran’s Hospital, and private dental offices. The Dental Assisting program awards the certificate and the Occupational Technologies degree and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, Council on Occupational Education and the State Board of Dental Examiners. Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examination administered by Dental Assisting National Board.
Lawson State Dental Assisting Program is accredited by CODA--the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The mission of the Dental Assisting program is to provide the academic and clinical learning experiences that assist students in developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for successful and effective functioning in the biological, behavioral, and clinical aspects of dental assisting and to encourage graduates to continually seek personal and professional growth opportunities. The Dental Assisting program awards the certificate and offers an option to complete the Associate in Occupational Technologies degree.