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Campus(s): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator:Hema Udupa, 816.604.4237
Application deadline: Feb 15th

The Health Science Institute (HSI) was designed to centralize the health career programs in one building that mimics both healthcare and real life settings, incorporates instructional methodologies such as; interdisciplinary simulated learning using state-of-the-art equipment and cloud base lecture capture which allows student access to learning materials 24/7.  The combined elements of this model fosters student fellowship, life-long learning and supports student success. The health career programs are affordable, accredited and yield a good return on the student’s investment through gainful employment and high wage salaries.  

IMPORTANT: Certificate and degree requirements may change! Please consult an academic advisor before enrolling.

A.A.S. Dental Assisting

A.A.S. Dental Assisting (PDF)

Program Prerequisites
COLL 100
HLSC 100
First Year Seminar or
Introduction to Health Professions
ENGL 101 Composition and Reading I 3
DENA 100 Introduction to Dental Assisting 1
General Education Requirements
BIOL 109
BIOL 110
BIOL 210
Anatomy and Physiology or 
Human Anatomy and
Human Physiology
BIOL 208 Microbiology 5
CHEM 105 Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences 5
HIST 120
HIST 121
POLS 136
United States History to 1865 or
United States History Since 1865 or
Introduction to U. S. National Politics
PSYC 140 General Psychology 3
COMM 100
COMM 102
Fundamentals of Speech or
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Specific Program Requirements
EMS 100 Basic Emergency Care 1
DENA 101 Body Structure and Function 2
DENA 102 Head and Neck Anatomy 2
DENA 103 Dental Anatomy 2
DENA 104 Dental and Medical Emergencies and Pharmacology 2
DENA 105 Dental Materials I 2.5
DENA 108 Oral Microbiology & Infection Control 1.5
DENA 110 Chairside Assisting I 5
DENA 115 Dental Radiology I 4
DENA 125 Clinical Experience I 2
DENA 205 Dental Materials II 3
DENA 210 Chairside Assisting II 5
DENA 215 Dental Radiology II 2
DENA 225 Dental Office Management 2
DENA 230 Oral Pathology 1
DENA 250 Clinical Experience II 4
DENA 260 Dental Assisting Seminar 2
Total Credit Hours Required 73-78
Last Modified: 12/18/19