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Dental Assisting, A.A.S.

The Dental Assisting, AAS degree program is granted by Metropolitan Community College, but coordinated at JCCC.

This program, which leads to either an associate in applied science degree or a certificate of proficiency, prepares the student to enter the workforce as a trained dental auxiliary. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national certifying examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board.

Admission to the Dental Assisting Program -Because enrollment in the program is limited, a student must meet the requirements and apply for admission.

JCCC offers the cooperative dental assisting degree for Johnson County residents with MCC-Penn Valley Community College. You must be accepted as a student at JCCC and accepted into the program at MCC-Penn Valley Community College. The student is awarded the degree from MCC-Penn Valley Community College upon successful completion of all requirements. It is the student's responsibility to check with a JCCC counselor before enrollment.

Program courses and credit hours are subject to change because of requirement changes at the degree-granting institution. Contact MCC-Penn Valley Community College at 816-604-4237 for an application packet, which includes deadlines, program prerequisites and admission requirements. Visit

Note: Johnson County Community College students should seek specific counsel from the MCC program personnel for the appropriate course plan and numbers.

Johnson County Community College students should refer to Cooperative Program Information.

Degree Granted by Metropolitan Community College

Associate of Applied Science

General Education Requirements-taken at JCCC

ENGL 121Composition I*3
MATH 116Intermediate Algebra*3
SPD 121Public Speaking3
PSYC 130Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 122Introduction to Sociology3

American Institutions

Select one of the following:3
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Political Science
American National Government
State and Local Government

Specific Program Requirements

The following courses can be taken at any campus
Select one of the following:6-8
Human Anatomy and Physiology*
   and Human Anatomy and Physiology Dissection*
Human Anatomy
   and Human Physiology*
BIOL 230Microbiology*3
BIOL 231Microbiology Lab*2
CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry*5

Specific Program Requirements-taken at MCC-Penn Valley

COLL 100First Year Seminar1
POLS 153The Missouri Constitution1
DENA 100Introduction to Dental Assisting1
DENA 101Body Structure and Function2
DENA 102Head and Neck Anatomy2
DENA 103Dental Anatomy2
DENA 104Dental Emergencies and Pharmacology1
DENA 105Dental Materials I2
DENA 108Oral Microbiology and Infection Control2
DENA 110Chairside Assisting I5
DENA 115Dental Radiology I 4
DENA 125Clinical Experience I2
DENA 205Dental Materials II3
DENA 210Chairside Assisting II5
DENA 215Dental Radiology II2
DENA 225Dental Office Management2
DENA 230Oral Pathology1
DENA 250Clinical Experience II4
DENA 260Dental Assisting Seminar2

Total Program Hours: 78-80