Dental Sciences

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Dental Sciences is a three-term program accredited by the Commission on Dental Sciences which provides you with the opportunity to attain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a dental clinic or dental office.

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to provide basic support under the supervision of a licensed dentist or dental hygienist. Instruction occurs in classrooms, laboratories and dental clinics. The program also prepares you for state certifications in dental radiographs, pit and fissure sealants, coronal polishing, and topical fluoride application.

This program also prepares you for your Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam.

Community Dental Health Coordinator

This certificate is designed for Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs) and Dental Hygienists (RDHs) who are interested in exploring community dental health.

Community Dental Health Coordinators (CDHC) are health care workers who help promote oral health in under-served communities. A CDHC is essentially a Community Health Worker (CHW) with an emphasized skill set related to oral health.

As a Community Dental Health Coordinator, you will be working under the direction of a Dentist and in partnership with a community clinic to provide oral health education, prevention intervention, low level dental care, and help to patients in need of adequate oral health care.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid a New Mexico Radiation Health and Safety Certificate, are a certified Dental Assistant, or a Registered Dental Hygienist you can receive credit for courses towards the Dental Sciences programs by filling out the form below: