MERIDIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM
Robin Johnson, Coordinator
The Dental Assisting program at Meridian Community College is a 1 year certificate program designed to prepare the student for employment and advancement in the dental assisting field. Upon successful completion of this program, the student will have performed a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties. For more information on this program read the gainful employment disclosure.
The program includes lecture hours, lab hours, and supervised clinical experiences. In the Clinical experiences, the student will assist the dentist at chairside both in private offices, clinics, and state facilities as applicable.
Upon graduation from the program, the student will be able to apply for their radiography permit which is necessary for taking x-rays in a Mississippi dental office. The student will have taken 2 of the 3 parts (Infection Control and Radiation Health Safety) of the Dental Assisting National Boards (DANB). The student will be given the application form for the 3rd portion (General Chairside). If taken and passed within 5 years of completion of the Dental Assisting program, the dental assistant will be able to secure their CDA credential. Graduates of the 12-month program will be awarded a certificate of completion.
In order for a student to progress in the Dental Assisting (DAT) program, the student must earn a grade of "C" or better in each DAT course and attain an overall average of "C" or better in all coursework (CGPA of 2.0).
If you are a "hands-on" person, enjoy people, like fast-paced work, like variety, and enjoy the thought of helping people; then Dental Assisting might be for you. Dental Assistants help a dentist work on patients in a dental office or clinic. They take dental x-rays, make study models, help with dental procedures, do coronal polishes, apply sealants, and maintain infection control of dental operatories, instruments, and equipment. They calm patient's fears, maintain patient's dental records, make appointments, answer the telephone, and help with patient oral healthcare education. The median salary of Mississippi DANB Certified Assistants employed full-time is $15.78/hour. Starting salary is usually in the $10.00-$12.50 range for non-certified assistants. The hours are great-usually no weekends. You don't take work home at night!
If this seems like a profession or program of study you might be interested, then call MCC for more information. We can get you information on courses, admission policy, and answer other questions you may have. Dial 1-800-MCC-THE-1.
Admission requirements, curriculum, and other program information subject to change. See your program advisor/counselor for additional information.