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Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

As a dental assisting student, you'll learn how to show patients the proper way to brush and floss and how to perform x-rays and other basic clinical tasks, such as taking whole-mouth impressions. Sterilizing instruments, setting up patient trays, and medical record keeping are also part of the program.

Dental Assistants are multi-skilled dental professionals trained to work in many specialty areas of dentistry, including restorative dentistry and preventive oral health care. You’ll learn the skills necessary to provide patient education, apply pit and fissure sealants, produce intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs, polish teeth and fillings, assist the dentist, prepare dental materials, and manage dental offices. 
Schedule of Courses


Entry Requirements and Additional Information

Academic Advising 
Academic advising for course registration is mandatory each semester for all students enrolled in degree, diploma, or certificate programs All Health Education advisors will be using Starfish to post office hours that will allow students to make appointments without assistance.  Students are able to access Starfish through eTc or Blackboard. Please remember, appointment times are valuable and should be cancelled through Starfish if appointments cannot be kept. Students who schedule appointments with an advisor and no show two times will not be allowed to make another appointment until meeting with the Division Dean to discuss the missed appointments. If you have any questions, call the Health Education Division office at (864) 646-1400.


Program of Study Credential/Outcome Eligible for Financial Aid Course Scheduling Location
American Heart Association Certifications Noncredit, CEU/Recertification,Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Day Pendleton
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Emergency Medical Technology Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Easley
EMT Advanced Certificate Yes Day,Evening Easley
EMT Basic Certificate Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Diploma Yes Day Pendleton
IV Therapy Noncredit, Prof Dev Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Medical Assisting Diploma Yes Day,Evening Pendleton
Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Nurse Aide Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Day,Evening Easley,Pendleton
Nursing Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Nursing Preparation Certificate No Day Pendleton
Paramedic Certificate Yes Day,Evening Easley QJC
Patient Care/Multi-Skilled Healthcare Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Varies Pendleton
Personal Trainer Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Pharmacy Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Day Pendleton
Phlebotomy Technician Noncredit, QuickJobs Call 864-646-1700 Evening Pendleton
Practical Nursing Diploma Yes Day,Evening Easley,Oconee
Pre-Dental Hygiene Certificate No Day Anderson,Easley,Pendleton
Pre-Pharmacy Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Anderson,Easley,Pendleton
Surgical Technology Associate Degree Yes Day Pendleton
Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Yes Day,Evening Pendleton
Career Pathways for Success

Career Pathways for Success
Students who are still in high school may consider taking college courses now to get a jumpstart on completing your degree at Tri-County. View a sample pathway here.

Transfer Agreements

Transfer Agreements 
For students who wish to continue work toward a four-year degree, we encourage you to work with your advisor on the steps that are best for your plans. Learn more about transfer options here.

CODA Commission on Dental Accreditation

Program Accreditation

The program in dental assisting 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 web address is:

Commission on Dental Accreditation Posting Form for Third Party Comments

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program summary




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