LSCC Dental Assisting Program

Dr. Teresa Ray, Director

(205) 929-3440


Lawson State Dental Assisting Program is accredited by CODA--the Commision 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.

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. 

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Dental Assisting Curriculum Outline

 Course Credit 
 Term 1  
 ORI 101 Orientation to College
 MTH 116 or MTH 100 or higher
 ENG 101 English Composition I
 DAT 100 Intro to Dental Assisting
 DAT 101 Pre-Clinical Procedures I 3
 DAT 102 Dental Materials
 DAT 103 Anatomy & Physiology for DAT
                                           Term Total 18 
DAT 104 Basic Sciences of Dental Assisting   2
DAT 111 Clinical Practicum I   5
DAT 112 Dental Radiology   3
DAT 116 Pre-Clinical Procedures II   3
SPH 106, 107, or 116 Speech   3
DAT 120 Microcomputer Applications for DAT   3
                                            Term Total  19
DAT 113 Dental Health Education   2
DAT 122 Clinical Practice II   4
DAT 123 Dental Assisting Seminar   4
DAT 124 Clincal Application   1
DAT 131 Business & Industry Psychology for DAT   1
                                                Term Total  12
 Totals  49