INITIAL ACCREDITATION – 90 Day Notice for Solicitation of Comments
The South College Nashville Learning Site has applied to the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation for “initial accreditation” to open a Dental Assisting program. Any third-party comments are due to the Commission office sixty (60) days prior to the on-site visit. Signed or unsigned comments will be accepted, names and/or signatures will be removed from comments prior to them being forwarded to the program. Comments must pertain only to the standards for the particular program or policies and procedures used in the Commissions accreditation process. The deadline for comments is August 18, 2018. A copy of the current accreditation standards can be obtained by contacting the Commission at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, or by calling 1/800- 621-8099, extension 4653.
This program is designed for those qualified individuals who wish to gain their academic credentials in the field of dental assisting. The program requires completion of 48 quarter hours of coursework in dental assisting (3 quarters; 9 months). Dental Assisting courses, labs, and clinical experiences are designed for on ground and at externship locations. The curriculum is tailored to provide a balance of theoretical, laboratory, and clinical instruction to prepare students for the unique challenges of dental assisting in the 21st century. Upon receipt of approval from SACSCOC and CODA, the first cohort will begin major courses beginning spring quarter 2019.
Onsite laboratory intensive courses in the major curriculum reflect the importance of hands-on skill acquisition. The clinical courses allow students to gain clinical experience in the delivery of dental assisting services to patients under the direct supervision of faculty. This face-to-face time with faculty is focused on the development of the student’s knowledge, communication, techniques, problem solving, decision making, and clinical proficiency.
Admission to this program will occur twice each calendar year (April and October). The first class of students is anticipated to include a maximum of 24 qualified individuals (April). New admissions will occur each quarter for prerequisites and be ongoing.
In support of the South College mission, the mission of the Dental Assisting program is to develop future dental assistants with the skills necessary to grow and reach their potential as a valuable member of the dental care team. The Through quality, comprehensive, evidence-based education, patient-centered clinical and community outreach experiences, the mission of the South College Dental Assisting Program is to equip future dental assistants with the skills necessary to become a valuable member of the dental care team. The South College Dental Assisting program is committed to providing students with practical programs of study, engaging laboratory exercises, and stimulating clinical practice that integrate real-world application. The goals of the program are to:
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competence of an entry level Dental Assistant.
- Demonstrate patient education skills.
- Provide dental services to patients in a respectful and compassionate manner.
- Effectively communicate with patients and members of the Dental Team.
- Demonstrate office administrative and management skills.
- Utilize infection control, radiation safety, HIPPA requirements, and emergency protocol to protect self and the public.
- Display high ethical and moral standards, integrity, and professionalism as a member of society and the Dental Team.
- Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills within scope of dental assisting.
- Promote Dental Health ideals through service to the community and involvement with professional organizations.
- Successful completion of the State of Tennessee Certifications in Radiology, Coronal Polishing and Sealants, and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring.
- Successful completion of the Dental Assisting National Board Examination.
- Be dedicated to life-long learning, maintain Certified Dental Assistant status, and be an active participant in the American Dental Assistant Association.