Health Science

Dental AssistingExpanded 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 HGTC's accreditations, click here

For more information about Health Science Admissions:

visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience

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Career Outlook

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
  • Hospitals

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit www.sctrac.org for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit http://www.hgtc.edu/academics/university_transfer.html or www.sctrac.org or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program

Applicants will be accepted into the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program on a first qualified, first accepted basis.  Once all requirements for admission into the program have been completed, the applicant will be offered a seat for the next available semester and there may be a waiting list.

  • Criminal Background Check 30 days prior to students enrolling in the EDDA Program. An applicant with an unfavorable CBC may result in student being removed from desired program. Clinical sites/facilities determine applicant's eligibility to participate in clinical studies based on their policies.
  • Urine Drug Screening 30 days prior to students enrolling in the EDDA Program. An applicant with an unfavorable UDS may result in student being removed from desired program. Clinical sites/facilities determine applicant's eligibility to participate in clinical studies based on their policies.
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program prior to the start of the final semester.
  • Complete online EDDA Student Information Session.
  • Complete  15 hours of observation in private dental office(s). Forms which must be completed by the supervising dentist verifying observations will be emailed to student after completion of the online Department Information Session.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.25 in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting curriculum General Education courses - you may take while waiting: AHS 106, BIO 112, ENG 155, MAT 155, PSY 103.
  • May not have more than two unsuccessful attempts in an Expanded Duty Dental Assisting curriculum General Education course.  
  • Payment of a non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • For re-acceptance guidelines, see the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Student Information Packet.
  • For students seeking transfer credits from other institutions, see the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Student Information Packet.
  • For a complete list of Technical Acceptance Standards, see the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Student Information Packet.
  • In addition to tuition and fees, the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program includes other expenses. For a detailed list see the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Student Information Packet.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all DAT-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Grades below "C" are considered course failures. Failure of one Expanded Duty Dental Assisting course will result in the student being dropped from the curriculum with eligibility for readmission the next time the course is offered. Readmission will be on a space available basis and the student will also be required to meet all admission requirements for readmission.

The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program does not currently accept advanced placement students. All courses with a DAT prefix are restricted to Expanded Duty Dental Assisting majors. 

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester 
   
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4
DAT 115 Ethics and Professionalism 1
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics* 3
  TOTAL 12
Second Semester  
   
DAT 113 Dental Materials 4
DAT 118 Dental Morphology 2
DAT 127 Dental Radiography 4
DAT 154 Clinical Procedures 4
  TOTAL 14
Third Semester 
   
DAT 121 Dental Health Education 2
DAT 122 Dental Office Management 2
DAT 123 Oral Medicine/Oral Biology 3
DAT 183 Expanded Functions/Specialties 3
DAT 174 Office Rotations 4
  TOTAL 14
Fourth Semester    
DAT 177 Dental Office Experience 7
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
  TOTAL 10
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

50

*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 and MAT 101 in lieu of MAT 155.