Associates Degree in Dental Assisting

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Certificate and Associates Degree Information

Upon completion of the Registered Dental Assisting program, students can earn a Certificate of Achievement in Registered Dental Assisting. Students can also earn an Associate of Science Degree in Registered Dental Assisting by completing the COM general education requirements.

Please note:  It is recommended that students meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan coursework and develop an education plan.

Associate of Science DENT: Dental Assisting: Registered

Course Requirement and Course Sequence

Fall Semester

Units

DENT 172 Dental Science I

3

DENT 174 Dental Materials

3

DENT 176 Dental Morphology, Histology, and Recordings

3

DENT 180 Chairside I

3

DENT 182 Dental Radiology

3

Spring Semester

Units

DENT 178 Dental Science II

3

DENT 183 Dental Specialties

1.5

DENT 184 Chairside II

5

DENT 186 Clinical Dental Radiology

1.5

DENT 187 Clinical/Technique Practicum

1

DENT 188 Clinical Application: Chairside Functions and Operative Procedures

6

DENT 190 Dental Practice Management and Economics

2

Summer Session

Units

DENT 192 Clinical Applications in Dental Offices

2

DENT 192A Pit and Fissure Sealants

1

 

Select one course from each general education category. *

 

Units

Natural Science (1 course, 3 unit minimum)

3

Social and Behavioral Science (1 course, 3 unit minimum)

3

Humanities (1 course, 3 unit minimum)

3

Written Composition – English 150

3

Communication and Analytical Thinking (1 course, 3 unit minimum)

3

American Institutions (1 course, 3 unit minimum)

3

 Cross-Cultural Studies (1 course, 3 unit minimum)

3

Physical Education (1 unit minimum)

1

General Education Courses

One course from each category required for graduation (19 units minimum).

A. NATURAL SCIENCES

Select one course from the following. (Three units minimum.)

  • Anthropology 101, 101L
  • Astronomy 101, 105, 117F, 117L
  • Biology 100, 101, 105, 107 108A, 109, 110, 110L, 115, 116,120, 138, 159, 162, 169A, 169B, 224, 235, 240
  • Chemistry 105, 105L, 110, 114, 131
  • Geography 101, 101L, 109, 112
  • Geology 103, 105, 109, 110, 114, 120, 120L, 121, 138
  • Physical Education 107
  • Physics 108A, 110, 207A

B. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

Select one course from the following. (Three units minimum.)

  • Anthropology 102, 103, 110, 204, 215
  • Behavioral Science 103, 201
  • Biology 251
  • Business 101
  • Early Childhood Education 110, 112
  • Economics 101, 102, 201
  • Ethnic Studies 110, 111, 112, 121, 151, 154, 242
  • Geography 102, 109
  • Health Education 142
  • History 100, 101, 102, 103, 109, 110, 111, 112, 117, 118, 206, 211, 214, 215, 216, 238
  • Political Science 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 203, 210, 211, 220
  • Psychology 110, 111, 112, 114, 116, 120, 140, 142, 145, 204, 205, 230, 251
  • Sociology 110, 112, 114, 140, 205, 230, 250

C. HUMANITIES

Select one course from the following. (Three units minimum.)

  • American Sign Language 101, 102, 110, 203, 204
  • Architecture 100, 101, 102, 131
  • Art 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108
  • Biology 145
  • Chinese 101, 102
  • Communications 108 (three units), 109A, 109B, 110, 160
  • Dance 108
  • Drama 110, 116, 117, 119
  • English 151, 208, 212, 214, 218, 219, 220, 221A, 221B, 222, 223, 224, 225, 230, 235, 237, 240, 242
  • Ethnic Studies 108, 154
  • French 101, 102, 108A, 108B, 203, 204, 225, 226
  • Geology 145
  • Humanities 100A, 100B, 107, 108, 109A, 109B, 114, 118, 125, 242
  • Italian 101, 102, 108 (three units), 203, 204, 225, 226, 228
  • Japanese 101, 102, 108 (three units), 203, 204
  • Journalism 110, 160
  • Music 101, 102, 105, 106
  • Philosophy 110, 111, 117
  • Spanish 101, 102, 203, 203HB, 204, 225, 226, 228A, 228B, 228C, 230A, 230B, 230C
  • Speech 128, 140, 141

D. COMPOSITION, WRITTEN

(Three units minimum)

  • English 150 with a grade of C or higher

NOTE: English 150 is the first level course in college fresh­man English that is transferable to the University of California and the California State University. English 120SL transfers as an elective to the University of California and California State University. English 120 transfers as an elective to the California State University.

E. COMMUNICATION AND ANALYTICAL THINKING

Select one course from the following. (Three units minimum.)

  • Computer Information Systems 215
  • Computer Science 130, 135, 136, 200, 230, 232
  • English 130, 151, 155
  • Mathematics 103, 103A and B, 103X and Y, 104, 104X and Y, 105, 109, 110, 114, 115, 116, 121, 122, 123, 124, 190
  • Philosophy 112
  • Psychology 205
  • Sociology 205
  • Speech 110, 120, 122, 128, 130, 132
  • Statistics 115

F. AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS

Select one course from the following. (Three units minimum.)

  • Ethnic Studies 111, 112, 121, 151
  • History 100, 117, 118
  • Political Science 100, 101

G. CROSS-CULTURAL STUDIES

Select one course from the following. (Three units minimum.)

  • Cross-cultural studies courses, which are listed in other general education categories, will satisfy both the Cross-Cultural Studies Requirement and the requirement of one other category.
  • American Sign Language 110
  • Anthropology 204, 215
  • Art 108
  • Communications 160
  • English 235, 237
  • Ethnic Studies 108, 110, 111, 112, 121, 151, 154
  • History 109
  • Humanities 108
  • Journalism 160
  • Music 105
  • Psychology 120
  • Speech 128

H. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

(One unit minimum.)

  • This requirement may be satisfied by degree-applicable activity courses in physical education or dance.