Health Science

Dental AssistingExpanded Duty Dental Assisting - Diploma

The Expanded Duty Dental Assisting (EDA) diploma prepares dental assistants to perform chair-side assisting; expose and process radiographs; perform basic business-office procedures; manage asepsis, infection, and hazard-control protocols; perform laboratory procedures; assist in the management of emergencies; provide oral-health instruction; and function as a member of the dental team. High-school courses in biology, chemistry, and algebra are recommended to prepare for the program’s science-based curriculum. Students will be required to travel to various dental offices in Horry and Georgetown counties as part of their office-rotation courses.

Students in the Expanded Duty Dental Assisting program receive their education in a brand-new, state-of-the-art Dental Clinic on the Grand Strand campus, under the direct supervision of licensed dentists and hygienists. Graduates are eligible to take national board-certification exams. After successful completion of these examinations, you will be certified as a Dental Assistant. 

Credit Requirements: 48 semester credit hours

Career Outlook

Well-trained dental assistants are in demand in today’s growing healthcare marketplace. A flexible work schedule, whether you are employed full-time or part-time, allows you to maintain a balance between career and personal goals. Financial rewards are excellent and the work is challenging. Career opportunities are readily available in the following settings:

  • Private dental practices
  • Public health departments
  • Hospitals

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College’s Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

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Contact Information:

Alice Derouen
(843) 839-1060