The Dental Assistant is an important member of a professional health team. As a Dental Assistant, the student will perform many duties at chairside, assisting the dentist during patient treatment and completing records. The assistant must also be competent in the knowledge and skill required for business office and laboratory procedures. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to take the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry's Registration Exam. Passing this exam allows you to perform the expanded functions learned in the program 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. The A.A.S. degree plan is designed for students who are interested in continuing their educational career in dental hygiene after completion of the Dental Assistant program. Prerequisite: Pre-Dental Health Requirements (Mantoux test, Hepatitis B vaccine, and Dental Exam) CPLT1100, COMM2050 or COMM2060, DNTL1121, ENGL2121, EMSV1020 or currently certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider.