2020-2021 Catalog

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

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Diploma in Applied Science in Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

46 Credit Hours

The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program prepares students for dental assisting procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Graduates are eligible for certification in monitoring nitrous oxide sedation by the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry. Upon satisfactory completion of the Dental Assisting National Board examinations, graduates are designated certified dental assistants.


Dental Hygiene and Expanded Duty Dental Assisting
Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

General Education Core Requirements

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
IDS 109 First Year Experience Seminar 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3

Total:   9

Major Requirements

DAT 113 Dental Materials 4
DAT 114 Dental Emergencies and Medicine 3
DAT 115 Ethics and Professionalism 1
DAT 118 Dental Morphology 2
DAT 121 Dental Health Education 2
DAT 122 Dental Office Management 2
DAT 123 Oral Medicine-Oral Biology 3
DAT 127 Dental Radiography 4
DAT 154 Clinical Procedures I 4
DAT 177 Dental Office Experience 7
DAT 185 Dental Specialties 5

Total:   37

Applicants will be admitted to this program on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Applicants are considered to be qualified for admission to the next available class when they meet all college and program requirements. Classes for the full-time format begin each Fall Semester.


  1. General College Admission Requirements
    Achieve admission to TTC by meeting the college’s requirements for associate degree programs. Please note that applicants not achieving appropriate test scores will be required to complete courses indicated by placement test scores.

    Note: Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program.
  2. Program Admission Requirements
    Applicants should ensure that documentation of each of the following admission requirements is on file in the Admissions office as soon as it is completed. Information may be submitted in person or by mail to:

    Trident Technical College
    Admissions Office, AM-M
    (Student Center, Bldg. 410, Room 110)
    P.O. Box 118067
    Charleston, SC 29423-8067

    Upon admission to the College and submission of official high school and college transcripts, complete the online Health Sciences Application through the TTC Portal. Once the application is received, complete the following prerequisite steps:

    1. Achieve the qualifying scores on the TTC placement test, SAT or ACT; or achieve a minimum weighted GPA of 3.0 from high school within the last five years; or satisfactorily complete RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English and MAT 032 Developmental Mathematics; or satisfactorily complete the equivalent courses from an approved, regionally accredited postsecondary institution.

    2. Achieve a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA at the time of acceptance and at date of entry into the program based on classes taken within five years of acceptance into the program.

    3. Complete the online Information Session on the TTC Portal page for Expanded Duty Dental Assisting and achieve a 100% score on the online quiz following the session to verify the information was reviewed and understood.
    4. Submit to the Admissions Office a completed Observation form documenting a minimum of 5 hours of observation in General Dentistry of a Certified Dental Assistant, graduate of an ADA accredited Dental Assisting Program, or an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant.
  3. General Admission Procedures for the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program 

    Applicants who meet college and program requirements will be considered qualified and will be admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Qualified applicants will be notified via my.tridenttech.edu email indicating the year and semester that they have been admitted. Students will be required to provide a completed, current Health Sciences – Student Health Record including all immunizations and titers, TB (PPD) tests, as well as current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, major medical insurance and medical professional liability coverage.

    Students will also be notified by my.tridenttech.edu email the date and time of the mandatory program orientation. Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of seat in the program.

    Note: Falsification of any information submitted will make a student ineligible for admission to or continuation in the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program.

     Course  Progression
    To progress to the next Expanded Duty Dental Assisting course, the student must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the program.