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Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting - Certificate

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Grand Strand


(843) 347-3186

students work with dental tools on a patient

The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDDA) certificate 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 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, graduates 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.

For more information, contact:
Tammy Marcin - (843) 477-2067

Michelle Meeker - (843) 839-1091

Career Outlook

Well-trained dental assistants are in demand in todays 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 Colleges Office of Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Gainful Employment Information

See: Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Gainful Employment Information.

Program Information

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.

  • Criminal Background Check (CBC) 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 (UDS) 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.
  • 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.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all 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 - Fall  
DAT 113 Dental Materials 4
DAT 118 Dental Morphology 2
DAT 127 Dental Radiography 4
DAT 154 Clinical Procedures 4
DAT 174 Office Rotations 4
  TOTAL 18
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 177 Dental Office Experience 7
DAT 183 Expanded Functions/Specialties 3
  TOTAL 18

Total Credit Hours