Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Chair
Dental assisting classroom
Dental assisting class
DA Graduate

Dental assistants are in great demand.  It is a career with security, variety, prestige and respect – factors you value in the workplace.  An aging population keeping their natural teeth and an increased focus on preventative dental care for younger generations create this increased demand for dental services.  Job opportunities can be found in private and group practices, clinics within local hospitals, in the armed services, or as an instructor in a dental assistant program.  Dental assistants are members of the dental care team who perform a wide variety of tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.  Under the supervision of a dentist, the dental assistant prepares all instruments, materials and equipment used in dental procedures, takes dental radiographs (x-rays), assists the dentist in all procedures, provides oral care instruction to patients and performs office administration tasks. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB, is the nationally recognized premier certification and credentialing agency for dental assistants.  The DANB examinations are required or recognized as meeting regulatory requirements in more than thirty states.  McCann graduates are eligible to take for the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) examination as administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611-3985, tel. 1-800-FOR-DANB.

Department Faculty

Michelle Racette, CDA, RDH
Program Coordinator                     
Phone Ext: 183


First Semester

DA 101: Dental Assisting I 2 2 - 0
DA 102: Dental Science I 3 3 - 0
DA 103: Dental Radiology 5 4 - 2
DA 104: Clinical Science I 6 4 - 3
DA 105: Practice Management I 2 2 - 1
DA 106: Biomedical Sciences 5 5 - 1
DA 107: Laboratory Procedures 1 2 - 1
Total  24 30


Second Semester

DA 201: Dental Assisting II 8  
DA 202: Dental Science II 3 3 - 1
DA 204: Clinical Science II 4 5 - 5
DA 206: Advanced Functions 5 5 - 5
Total  20  




Career Placements

Aspen Dental Hillcrest Dental Care Natalya Yantovsky, DMD
Matthew Ballinger, DDS Hilltown Community Health Center Berkshire Pediatric Dentistry
Ralph Blanchard Jr. , DDS Karen Lartin, DDS Berkshire Orthodontics
CHP Dental Center Francis McCarthy, DMD William O'Donnell, DMD
Carver Family Dentistry Messenger Digital Dentistry Oral and Dental Implant Surgery
David Crall, DDS James Nesti, DMD Joshua Kleederman, DDS
Edwards, Krol, and Nazarov Robert Ruhl, DMD Erich Schmidt, DMD
Dolce Dental Smiles Peter Sheffer, DDS Michael Williams, DDS
Paul Gamache, DMD Thomas Sakshaug, DDS Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry
John George, DDS James Whitman, DDS  
Alan Gold, DDS Jay Wise, DDS  

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