Dental Assisting: Oral Radiography, Continuing Education Certificate
This course prepares students to sit for the Dental Assistant National Board's Radiation Health and Safety Exam which is required to become a dental radiation technologist in Maryland. This course is open only to students who are currently employed as a clinical dental assistant and have been in the position for at least one year or to students who have previously completed a dental assistant program. Students new to the dental assistant field should complete CCBC's Dental Assistant program which also includes an oral radiography component.
Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be eligible to take the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam.
Dental Assistant National Board (DANB)
Maryland Board of Dental Examiners
Financial Aid and Payment Options
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (http://www.central-scholarship.org/)
Oral Radiography course: 8 weeks
Radiation Safety Update course: 3 class sessions (9 hours)
Courses are offered at CCBC Dundalk and Randallstown extension center.
Orientation: contact CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for information.
All students must be computer literate and have Internet access.
Students must have the following paperwork turned in two weeks PRIOR to the start of the program:
- High School Diploma or GED
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Students are required to use BlackBoard (an online learning platform) to complete some assignments and tests in the course. Basic computer literacy and internet access is recommended.
- All other documents provided at information session that require signatures
- Letter from dentist verifying employment
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.
To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.
Provisional Entry: Students must attend a mandatory information session prior to registration.
Program Course Sequence
Expenses beyond the cost of tuition, fees, and books include any costs associated with medical paperwork ( Dr. appointment, vaccinations) scrubs, exam fee ($250), and miscellaneous supplies—approximately $400.
Skills for Success:
See Technical Standards at the end of this document.
Entry level dental assistant position.
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Program Contact Information
For more information email CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu
Technical Standards for CCBC'S Dental Assistant Training Series
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Dental Assistant Training Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position as a chair side dental assistant in a dental office. The duties of a dental assistant require the ability to stand or sit for long periods of time, in sometimes awkward positions, while constantly being focused on the task at hand. Dental assistants need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases. Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to work accurately and quickly. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital. Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:
A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:
- Work quickly to meet deadlines and/or production requirements
- Keep hand and arm steady while performing a task with the other hand and arm.
B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:
- Handle delicate instruments with precision
- Safely handle sharp instruments
- Handle instruments and equipment that may be costly to replace if damaged
- Quickly and precisely adjust controls on equipment
- Perform basic repairs to instrumentation
- Clean and assemble instrumentation
C. Adequate vision to:
- Read and interpret digital or traditional radiographs
- Adequate distinction of colors to read and interpret sterilization indicators
- Read instruction sheets and computer screen
Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A. Have the ability to:
- Work in a professional manner under sometimes stressful situations
- Pay close attention to detail and recordkeeping
- Commitment to learning and understanding new technologies, instrumentation, and procedures
- Commitment to following approved standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures
- Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
- Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
- Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
- Accurately utilize all resource material available to remain current in the profession,
- Maintain a conscience/professional morality in the application of infection control techniques
- Willingness to precept (train) others
B. Sufficient communication skills to:
- Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
- Carry out all written and verbal instructions
- Follow proper channels of communication
- Communicate in a calm and professional manner
- Communicate clearly and effectively to any team members regarding issues that may be difficult to address (i.e. problem with machinery that could affect sterilization; admission of own errors, etc.)
Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:
- Ability to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
- Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform the task at hand
- Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials
- Accept feedback from others
A. The dental assisting profession involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:
- Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
- Working in an environment that exposes one to potentially hazardous materials, such as cleaning agents and chemicals and blood-borne pathogens
- Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
- Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
- Submitting to periodic drug screening