At a Glance:

Contact: Cartrelle Clayton
Cartrelle Clayton, Dental Assisting Instructor
Phone: 404-225-4412
Campus: Main
Department: Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Health & Public Safety Technologies Division
, Program Director
Direct: (404) 225-4412


Basic Dental Assisting

Program Overview

The Basic Dental Assisting certificate program prepares students for employment in a variety of positions in todays dental offices.  The program provides learning opportunities which introduce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition and retention.

Program Accreditation

The program in Dental Assisting at Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.  The Commission’s address is:

Minimum Program Length:  1 Semester

Estimated Program Cost  $2,467


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (17 hours)
Occupational Courses (17 hours)
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.
Introduces fundamental microbiology and infection control techniques. Topics include: classification, structure, and behavior of pathogenic microbes; mode of disease transmission; bodys defense and immunity; infectious diseases; and infection control procedures in accordance with CDC recommendations and OSHA guidelines.
Focuses on normal head and neck anatomy and the development and functions of oral anatomy. Topics include: dental anatomy; oral histology; oral embryology; osteology of the skull; muscles of mastication and facial expression; temporal mandibular joint; blood lymphatic nerve supply of the head; and salivary glands and related structures.
Introduces student to ethics and jurisprudence for the dental assistant and to chairside assisting with diagnostic and operative procedures. Topics include: ethics and jurisprudence in the dental office; four-handed dentistry techniques; clinical data collection techniques; introduction to operative dentistry; and dental material basics.