The Dental Assistant is an important member of a professional health team. As a Dental Assistant, the student will perform many chairside procedures, assist the dentist during patient treatment and complete records. The assistant must also be competent in the knowledge and skill required for business office and laboratory procedures. Upon completion of this program, the dental assistant graduate will be eligible to take the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry's Licensure Exam and the Dental Assisting National Board exam. Passing these exams will allow a dental assistant to perform the MN expanded functions on patients. Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to work well with others, the desire to be a part of a professional team, manual dexterity, good communication skills, ability to follow direct supervision and to be sensitive to others` needs. The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation and approved by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry. Information is available thru the HTC web site and dental assistant program counselors which state the risks of entering this profession in regards to bloodborne pathogens adn disease transmission, including needlesticks. Prerequisite: Pre-Dental Health Requirements (Mantoux test, Hepatitis B vaccine) CPLT1100, COMM2050 or COMM2060, DNTL1121, ENGL2121, EMSV1020 or currently certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider.