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 I

Program Overview

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

Minimum Program Length = 1 Semester

Estimated Program Cost $2,126

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous postsecondary credits will be determined by the registrar

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (14 hours)
Occupational Courses (14 hours)
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.