Expanded Duty Dental Assisting

As an expanded duty dental assisting student, you'll develop skills to receive and prepare a patient for treatment, prepare dental instrument setups, and assist a licensed dentist in the treatment of patients. As an office manager, the dental assistant is a liaison between the dentist and patients. Students work in a simulated dental office in the fall and spring semesters on campus to gain clinical skills. Clinical experience is gained in all three terms by rotations in local dental offices.

Professional opportunities include chairside dental assistant, receptionist, oral surgery assistant, orthodontic assistant, pediatric dental assistant, endodontist assistant, periodontist assistant, and office manager.

How do I complete this program?

EDDA Application Process and FAQ

Expanded Duty Dental Assisting: Applying


Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Information Sessions (optional, you only need to attend one)

Tuesday, September 10, 2024 @ 10am at SCC's Spartanburg (Giles) Campus, Health Science Building, Room 129

Tuesday, January 14, 2025 @ 10am at SCC's Spartanburg (Giles) Campus, Health Science Building, Room 129

Students must have a 2.5 GPA or greater on required college courses for the EDDA program. 


Application Due Dates: March 1 - May 8 for Fall 2024 Start

Certification and accreditation 

Graduates are required to take the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB), a national certification exam to become certified dental assistants. The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting Program is accredited without reporting by:
American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation
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Chicago, Illinois 60611
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