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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting

Lincoln Campus

Types of Jobs Available

Graduates will have the opportunity to work in solo practices, group practices, or specialty practices (surgery, pediatrics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, and periodontics). Public health dental clinics, dental school clinics, insurance companies, and dental product representatives are job prospects for graduates. Dental assistants perform comprehensive and varied duties that utilize both interpersonal and technical skills.

A dental assistant will perform duties such as: assisting chairside with the dentist during general or specialty procedures, oral debris removal with suction devices, vital signs, standard patient care, patient education, dental impressions, exposure and processing of dental radiographic images, coronal polishing, a variety of laboratory procedures, such as pouring up models, constructing and cementing temporary restorations, and sterilization/disinfection of dental equipment and instruments. They may also perform administrative duties such as submitting and processing patient insurance, scheduling, and confirming appointments.

Program Overview

The program is offered on the Lincoln Campus. New students are admitted to the program in both Fall and Spring terms. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills in optimal infection control practices and chairside skills to practice as an ethical dental assistant. Cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (hands on skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains are utilized during their education process.

The program includes 2 traditional terms, plus a 10-week summer term. The program provides clinical experiences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center- College of Dentistry, Veterans Administration-Dental Clinic, Lincoln Lancaster-County Health Department Dental Clinic, Bluestem Health -Dental Clinic, and in various private general and specialty dental offices. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination, facilitated by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (www.danb.org) and apply for a state license after passing the exam.

For more information contact:
Crystal Stuhr, Program Director
402-437-2740, 800-642-4075 ext. 2740,

or Becky Kramer, Health Sciences Advisor
402-437-2688, 800-642-4075, ext. 2688

or the College Admissions Office
Lincoln 402-437-2600, 800-642-4075 ext. 2600

This program is accredited by the American Dental Association-Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA-CODA), 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, 312- 440-2500 or 800-621-8099, www.ada.org

Admission Requirements

  • Complete Program General Education Requirement Courses
  • Complete online application to the program during the designated time periods
  • Complete Program Admission Checklist (refer to program website for requirements: www.southeast.edu/dentalassisting)
  • Transcripts from high school, GED® or other colleges (if applicable)