Expanded Duty Dental Assisting - Diploma
The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDA) diploma prepares dental assistants to perform chair-side assisting; expose and process radiographs; perform basic business-office procedures; manage asepsis, infection, and hazard-control protocols; perform laboratory procedures; assist in the management of emergencies; provide oral-health instruction; and function as a member of the dental team. High-school courses in biology, chemistry, and algebra are recommended to prepare for the program’s science-based curriculum. Students will be required to travel to various dental offices in Horry and Georgetown counties as part of their office-rotation courses.
Students in the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program receive their education in a brand-new, state-of-the-art Dental Clinic on the Grand Strand campus, under the direct supervision of licensed dentists and hygienists. Graduates are eligible to take national board-certification exams. After successful completion of these examinations, you will be certified as a Dental Assistant.
The programs in Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
For more information about Health Science Admissions:
Well-trained dental assistants are in demand in today’s growing healthcare marketplace. A flexible work schedule, whether you are employed full-time or part-time, allows you to maintain a balance between career and personal goals. Financial rewards are excellent and the work is challenging. Career opportunities are readily available in the following settings:
- Private dental practices
- Public health departments
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College’s Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.
For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.
Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
|First Semester - Fall|
|AHS 106||Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation||1|
|DAT 113||Dental Materials||4|
|DAT 118||Dental Morphology||2|
|DAT 127||Dental Radiography||4|
|DAT 154||Clinical Procedures||4|
|PSY 103||Human Relations||3|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|DAT 115||Ethics & Professionalism||1|
|DAT 121||Dental Health Education||2|
|DAT 122||Dental Office Management||2|
|DAT 123||Oral Medicine/Oral Biology||3|
|DAT 174||Office Rotations||4|
|DAT 183||Expanded Functions/Specialties||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|DAT 177||Dental Office Experience||7|
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
|*Students interested in articulating into the Associate Degree Dental Hygiene program may elect to take the following courses: ENG 101 and SPC 205 in lieu of ENG 155; SOC 101 and PSY 201 in lieu of PSY 103.|