Dental Assisting - DA12

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Dental Assisting accredited diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in today's dental offices. The Dental Assisting program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of dental assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Dental Assisting diploma, are certified in Radiology and Expanded Duties in Georgia, and are eligible to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

“The Commission on Dental Accreditation will review complaints that relate to a program's compliance with the accreditation standards. The Commission is interested in the sustained quality and continued improvement of dental and dental-related education programs but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for treatment received by patients or individuals in matters of admission, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students. A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission's policy and procedure for submission of complaints may be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678 or by calling 1-800-621-8099 extension 4653.”

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;  
*Be at least 17 years of age;  
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript; 
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;   
*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores;


*American Heart Association Provider CPR certification, physical examination or proof of ability to perform required duties, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen prior to performing the clinical rotation

The dental assisting profession requires theoretical and clinical skills and the ability to learn and apply new knowledge quickly.  An enormous amount of commitment is necessary to succeed. Therefore, the Dental Assisting Department at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has a competitive admissions process. The process is designed to promote maximum opportunity for student success. 

*Students must complete the required core courses and apply to the clinical portion of the program by the published deadline each year.  Please be advised that completion of core does not guarantee admission to the clinical portion of the program. 

*Criteria including academic GPA and scores on the HESI Exam are used to select 14 students to begin clinical training once per year in the fall term.

*Applicants must complete the HESI Exam.

*Dental Assisting is a Competitive Admissions program which requires a minimum 2.0 GPA to qualify.  The most recent attempt of a course will be used to calculate the GPA. 

* The following courses will be used to calculate the GPA: ENGL 1010, ALHS 1011, and ALHS 1040.

* The following courses must be completed with a 'C' or better prior to the start of the program: COMP 1000 and PSYC 1010.

 The Dental Assisting Competitive Admissions Information Packet is available in the dental department.

*Prior to beginning the clinical phase of training, students accepted to the program must submit the following documentation:

-Dental and medical records including but not limited to:  RPR blood test, a tuberculin skin test and vaccination records.

-10 Panel Drug Screening

-Criminal background check (Certain convictions could prevent student participation in clinical training in some facilities.)


*This program begins every Fall semester on the Valdosta campus.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Education Core (9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (50 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces fundamental microbiology and infection control techniques. Topics include: classification, structure, and behavior of pathogenic microbes; mode of disease transmission; body's defense and immunity; infectious diseases; and infection control procedures in accordance with CDC recommendations and OSHA guidelines.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on normal head and neck anatomy and the development and functions of oral anatomy. Topics include: dental anatomy; oral histology; oral embryology; osteology of the skull; muscles of mastication and facial expression; temporal mandibular joint; blood lymphatic nerve supply of the head; and salivary glands and related structures.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: DENA 1050, DENA 1080

Introduces student to ethics and jurisprudence for the dental assistant and to chairside assisting with diagnostic and operative procedures. Topics include: ethics and jurisprudence in the dental office; four-handed dentistry techniques; clinical data collection techniques; introduction to operative dentistry; and dental material basics.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: DENA 1080, DENA 1340

Provides students with theory and clinical experience in the area of preventive and public health dentistry. Topics include: etiology of dental disease; patient education techniques; plaque control techniques; types and use of fluoride; diet analysis for caries control; and dietary considerations for the dental patient.

Prereqs: (DENA 1010 or ALHS 1011) and DENA 1080

Coreqs: None

Focuses on the diseases affecting the oral cavity and pharmacology as it relates to dentistry. Topics include: identification and disease process; signs/symptoms of oral diseases and systemic diseases with oral manifestations; developmental abnormalities of oral tissues; basic principle of pharmacology; drugs prescribed by the dental profession; drugs that may contraindicate treatment; and applied pharmacology (regulations, dosage, and applications.

Prereqs: DENA 1340

Coreqs: None

Focuses on chairside assisting with dental specialty procedures. Topics include: prosthodontic procedures (fixed and removable); orthodontics; pediatric dentistry; periodontic procedures; oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures; endodontics procedures; management of dental office emergencies; medically compromised patients and expanded functions approved by law for performance by dental assistants in the state of Georgia. Student will pass a comprehensive examination and successfully perform all required clinical skills to receive EFDA certification.

Prereqs: DENA 1080

Coreqs: None

After completion of the course the student will be able to provide radiation safety for patient and self, expose x-rays, process x-rays, and prepare dental films for the dental office. Topics include: fundamentals of radiology and radiation safety; radiographic anatomy and interpretation; intraoral and extraoral radiographic techniques; and quality assurance techniques.

Prereqs: DENA 1050

Coreqs: DENA 1340, DENA 1350, DENA 1390

Practicum focuses on infection control in the dental office and assisting with diagnostic and simple operative procedures. Topics include: infection control procedures; clinical diagnostic procedures; and general dentistry procedures.

Prereqs: Program Instructor Approval

Coreqs: None

Reviews information concerning all didactic areas tested by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Topics include: collecting and recording clinical data; dental radiography; chairside dental procedures; prevention of disease transmission; patient education and oral health management; office management procedures; and test taking skills.

Prereqs: COMP 1000, DENA 1340

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes procedures for office management in dental practices. Topics include: oral and written communication; records management; appointment control; dental insurance form preparation; accounting procedures; supply and inventory control; employability skills and basic computer skills. A computer lab provides basic skills in computer use and utilization of these skills to perform office procedures on a microcomputer.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: DENA 1460

Practicum focuses on advanced general dentistry procedures and chairside in dental specialties with special emphasis on nonsurgical specialties. Topics include: advanced general dentistry and specialties.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: DENA 1460, DENA 1470

Practicum continues to focus on assisting chairside with advanced general dentistry procedures with emphasis on dental office management, preventive dentistry, and expanded functions. Topics include: advanced general dentistry procedures; preventive dentistry; dental office management; expanded functions; chairside in specialties; and management of dental office emergencies.



The program in Dental Assisting Education is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”.  The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611-2678.   The Commission’s web address is:

To schedule a
dental appointment, please call
(229) 245-3716

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Gainful Employment Disclosure


Sandi Woodward
Director of Dental Programs
Office: Berrien Hall, 200 Wing, Rm 220
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 5533
Campus: Valdosta Campus